• Developmental Trauma Informed Maps... Why do we need them?

    What is a Developmental Trauma Informed Map? This grandly titled document actually asks participants to articulate the core messages of this body of knowledge and think about how it can underpin practice on a daily basis. Marina Dickson explains more...

  • Child Centred Practice Part 4

    In this, the fourth article in our series, we will look at why an understanding of child development is important to organisations aiming to be child centred in their delivery.

  • Child Centred Practice - Part 3

    In today’s post, the third in our series on Child Centred Practice, we will look at what it means not only to listen to children but also to prioritise the voice of the child.
  • What does it mean to be Child Centred? Part 2

    This post is the second in our series looking at Child Centred Practice, exploring the first of four principles of child centred practice that can inform policies, processes and actions: Recognising Critical Timeframes. 


  • What does it mean to be Child Centred?

    Anyone who has worked with children in a professional setting will likely have heard the term ‘child-centred’ used to describe an approach, a policy or a way of working with children. It is written into legislation around Australia and seen as a desirable way of approaching child protection by many.  Some organisations – like the Foundation – also describe themselves as being child-centred as a central principle informing all that they do.  But what does it mean?