The effects of positive attention on your child; a short guide


Positive attention can help your child feel loved, secure and valued. Positive attention, reactions and responses from the adults and carers around children can help them build a picture of how valued they are. Children grow and develop through repeated, positive interactions in their first relationships.

You can build your child’s self-image through positive attention. Their self-image builds up over time with positive, loving messages from you and other important people in their life. A healthy self-image is very important, not only for your child’s relationship with others, but also for their confidence levels as they learn about the world.

Your child’s feelings of security and safety come from their interactions with parents, carers and the other people who care for them. If you reassure and support your child when they’re frightened, uncertain or faced with a new or unfamiliar situation, they’ll feel safe and secure.

You can show positive attention to your child by smiling at them, making eye contact, using caring facial expressions, being gentle and caring with your child, using positive words of encouragement, and showing interest in their interests.

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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