How do we define childhood trauma?
Childhood trauma takes many forms – it can be simple, complex or developmental. Childhood trauma itself can be described as the experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects. Trauma can include; emotional, physical or sexual abuse of a child; trauma the child experiences within its environment, such as substance abuse, parental separation or divorce, mentally ill or suicidal household member and domestic violence; the neglect of a child, such as abandonment, or a child’s basic physical or emotional needs being unmet.
The most common causes of childhood trauma are; accidents, bullying/cyberbullying, trauma in the household such as domestic violence, parent with a mental illness, substance abuse or incarcerated, death of a loved one, emotional abuse or neglect, physical abuse or neglect, separation from a parent or caregiver, sexual abuse, stress caused by poverty, sudden and/or serious medical condition, violence (at home, at school, or in the surrounding community), war/terrorism.
Early childhood trauma usually refers to children between the ages of 0 and 6. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we go through the difference between stress and trauma, and other types of trauma.
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: