Reducing the impact of childhood trauma; what can we do?


Young children who have suffered through early childhood trauma often grow up to experience difficulties in later life. There is a distinct connection between experiencing early childhood trauma and developing physical and mental health problems as an adult.

When we experience something scary or traumatic, our body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. This is all important and necessary when facing real, mortal threats. However, if this happens over and over again, for example through experiencing fear in one’s own home every night, then the effects become health-damaging.

High-quality care and nurturing can work to change the structure of children’s brains and ensure that these damaging effects don’t take hold into their adulthood. Safe, stable and nurturing relationship are important, as well as timely, targeted, developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed interventions through different forms of therapy.

The Wishing Well provides a number of options for therapy so that children and young people can recover from the trauma, abuse and neglect they have suffered and have the opportunity for happy and productive lives. These include; art therapy, play therapy, massage therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, music therapy, Heal For Life camps, educational support, tutoring and remedial work, counselling and nutrition support and guidance.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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