Understanding the effects of early childhood trauma; a short guide

 

Young people can experience early childhood trauma when they seek out love and comfort from their primary caregivers, and this is not available as a result of maltreatment. Maltreatment can refer to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or emotional and physical neglect.  When this happens, children experience chronic stress, which affects the development of the brain. Maltreatment also affects children’s attachment and can result in insecure or disorganised attachment.

Children whose needs are met by sensitive and available caregivers learn to trust and develop secure attachments. In contrast, children who experience abuse experience care-giving that is frightening. They seek proximity to the caregiver who is also a source of fear, inducing even more anxiety. Children who have been physically or emotionally neglected learn that their fears and needs are not tended to by their caregiver and they lack emotional attunement and regulation. They also tend to cry and remain distressed for longer periods of time than children who have not been neglected. Maltreated children might develop attachment patterns that are avoidant, ambivalent or disorganised. The child might shut down their feelings, or develop exaggerated and attention-seeking behaviours. Disorganised attachment behaviours take the form of controlling behaviours such as bossiness or compulsive care-giving, which can lead to sudden rage in stressful situations, and also swinging quickly between feelings of fear, aggression, rage, depression and helplessness.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

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Is the child protection system failing New South Wales’ children?

 

A previously secret report by former senior public servant David Tune has been released, only released after the government surrendered to the demands of the upper house. The report looks into NSW’s ‘ineffective and and unsustainable’ child protection system and warns that it is “crisis-driven”, fails the most vulnerable families and does not stop entrenched neglect. It also says the troubled system does not improve the long-term outcomes for children, especially Aboriginal children. The government repeatedly refused to release Mr Tune’s report, claiming it was cabinet in confidence.

The number of children in out-of-home care (OOHC) has doubled in 10 years, there has been a steady growth in the number of children entering OOHC care since 2013, and children are staying there longer. Also, nothing has been done to “arrest the devastating cycles of intergenerational abuse and neglect”.

Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward said the government was implementing the recommendations in the Tune report and there had been a “record level of investment” in the system, and for the first time in a decade the number of children entering care in NSW has fallen.

However, Labor’s spokeswoman for family and community services, Tanya Mihailuk, said Ms Goward should be stood aside over her refusal to release a taxpayer-funded report.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

 

Dispelling the myths surrounding foster care; a short guide

 

If you have been considering foster care, you may come across some unfortunate myths surrounding the industry that could put you off the process. There is an urgent shortage of foster carers in Australia right now, and these misconceptions may be contributing to the problem. Here, we outline a few of the myths and give you the facts.

1] “I’m too old to be a foster carer.” You can be a foster carer as long as you are over the age of 21, healthy and capable of looking after a child.

2] “I can’t foster because I’ve never had kids.” This does not stop you from fostering a child. You might be younger, and choose to foster in the short term before you’re ready to start your own family.

3] “I can’t foster because I’m in a same-sex relationship.” This one is simply not true. Families suitable for adoption or foster care are people who can be focused on the child’s needs, people who are empathetic, and are able to provide security. What’s important is the quality of the care, not the relationship status of the carer. Same-sex couples are able to be foster parents, and single people can also be carers.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

How to prepare your own children to meet a foster child; a short guide

 

Bringing a foster child into your home can be a stressful time, especially if you have children yourself and you are unsure of how to introduce them to each other. Luckily, there are a few things you can do with your child to prepare them for meeting their foster sibling.

Firstly, it is important to teach your children that foster children might need some space at first, to settle into the new home and get used to you and their surroundings. They may also be upset and confused about their situations so ensure your children are able to give them the space they need and hold off on asking lots of questions until the foster child feels more comfortable.

Another concern may be the behaviour of foster children. Some foster children act out physically as a result of trauma they have been through. Teach your children to say ‘no’ and step away from uncomfortable situations. You can also always maintain supervision between children until each child feels more comfortable with each other.

Finally, ensure your own children know they will not be forgotten with the addition of a foster child in our family. Let them know they can always speak to you if they are worried or have any concerns, and that you will always be there to listen.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

 

How to encourage positive behaviour in young children; a short guide

 

Children often learn behaviours through watching, listening and talking to adults. This is also how they develop their moral code and their values – from what they observe of how adults treat each other. Therefore, it is imperative that as their carer, you are modelling positive behaviours around children in your care.

It is easy to notice bad or negative behaviour and to admonish these behaviours in children. When it comes to encouraging positive behaviour, it is equally important to notice and praise these behaviours as this encourages the child to behave positively more often. Encouraging and praising positive behaviour is a technique many childcare professionals use to manage behaviours.

One method is by using stars or sticker charts, for younger children, as rewards for when chores are completed. Rewards can also be used for older children, for example a weekly allowance, and it may be beneficial to open up a conversation with older children in order to give them a feeling of control and responsibility.

You can also use yourself as a role model for your child. What you do is often more important than what you say, as children will watch you and model your actions, so ensure that you act and speak the way you would expect your children to behave and they will likely follow suit.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

Music therapy for children in foster care – how does it work? A short guide

 

Therapeutic care, such as music therapy, can help facilitate recovery from the impacts of physical, psychological and emotional trauma resulting from experiences of harm or risk of harm, often experienced by children in foster care. Most children in the foster care system have experienced some form of trauma. It is very important for them to have outlets, such as music, through which they can express their feelings.

Music therapy is the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a group or individual. It employs a variety of activities, such as listening to melodies, playing an instrument, drumming, writing songs, and guided imagery. Music therapy aides in the development of physical, sensory and cognitive skills i.e. listening, use of gross and fine motor movements, sequential memory and recall of information and self-management of behaviours. Through music and associated skill development, an increase in self-confidence, self-esteem, personal insight and motivation can occur. Children and young people have experienced increased independence and confidence around decision making. It has proven to reduce tension, anxiety and stress.

Music is something that affects everyone emotionally and it is proven to help attachment and relationships issues. It can help foster children express their emotions, which can lead to attachment and bonding between family members or between a child and a therapist.

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

 

 

Join with Oxfam to bring clean water to children and families in remote Nepal communities

 

What’s happening?

In poor and remote communities, clean water is dangerously scarce and families must survive on dirty water. Right now, families in Nepal are facing a clean water crisis. In some villages in the remote far west region of Nepal, nearly 3 in 4 people don’t have clean water. In Australia, getting clean water is as simple as turning on a tap. But imagine if there was no tap in your home and you had to walk to collect water. Instead of going to work or school, many hours of your day would be spent collecting water. Collecting hundreds of litres a day would make life very difficult — almost unbearable. But this is the daily reality for women in these regions, who have to collect water for their children and families.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam sees a future in which no one lives in poverty. Join their movement for change and help people help themselves in the fight against poverty.

How you can help

Oxfam is on the ground in Nepal installing tap stands and improved water and sanitation systems for households and communities. Because no family can be strong and healthy without clean water. With your help, they can give families clean drinking water so they can thrive.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/nepalwatercrisis/#sec10

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:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/