The role of teachers in the lives of traumatised children cannot be underestimated. This booklet from the Child Safety Commissioner, Victoria encourages teachers and other school personnel to forge vital attachments to traumatised children through two key mechanisms: understanding traumatised children and developing relationshipbased skills to help them. Teachers who understand the effects of trauma on children’s education, who are able to develop teaching practices to help them, and who are able to participate actively and collaboratively in the systems designed to support traumatised children will not only improve their educational outcomes but will assist in their healing and recovery.
A new report on the Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Community VCAL’ (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program describes the evolution of an integrated approach to assisting young people through teaching, wellbeing and pathways support. Original article
Malcolm Smith, Senior Lecturer Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology, notes that Australian law has not kept up with the increasing number of Australian children accessing specialist health services for gender dysphoria treatment. Original article
This is the first national Australian longitudinal study investigating the economic, personal and social costs of youth homelessness over time across a broad range of locations. Original article