19 March 2014 | Research papers
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne
The Parenting Research Centre have released a new report on the evidence of prevention and treatment of childhood trauma called ‘Approaches targeting outcomes for children exposed to trauma arising from abuse and neglect’.
The report summarises the international evidence base for approaches to supporting children who are exposed to trauma associated with child abuse and neglect. It also explores implications for Australian policy makers, services and professionals aiming to meet the needs of these children.
The report provides an analysis of the evidence for programs, service models and systems of care that aim to prevent or treat trauma in children exposed to abuse or neglect. It also describes the results of a survey of almost 300 professionals working in child and family support services across Australia, which measured awareness and use of evidence-based approaches in childhood trauma.
Further, the report describes the findings from in-depth interviews with organisational leaders and senior managers in Australian social services, addressing factors that influence the uptake of evidence-based approaches to childhood trauma resulting from abuse and neglect.
The document was written in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and funded by the Australian Government.