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We leverage modern digital solutions to expand how carers and professionals access and engage with training and peer-learning about trauma-informed care. We do this through accredited and non-accredited training, facilitation of peer networks, leading research initiatives, and translating knowledge to guide practice. Community of Practices workshops for therapeutic specialists, house managers and more.



Current research shows that children who are "dual-involved" in both child protection and youth justice systems are prone to criminalisation when these systems don’t interact effectively. This system failure is known as systems abuse. Dr Claire Paterson-Smith, Dr Tatiana Corrales, and Dr Patricia McNamara presented their preliminary findings on their important, if troubling, research: The criminalisation of children in care in England/Wales, New South Wales and Victoria. Their research highlights the urgent need for positive systemic change, and what we can do in our day-to-day practice to move us in the right direction.
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In our latest Q&A with the trainer blog, Therapeutic Residential Care Specialist Dr Glenys Bristow delves into how exploring behaviours that challenge can prompt introspection. We can ask, 'What underlying factors contribute to challenging behaviours?' This invites understanding rather than judgment.
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As recognition of trauma-informed care continues to grow, it’s increasingly important to support those who work with trauma-exposed children and young people. Deputy Director Noel Macnamara has run several popular workshops on trauma-informed supervision, equipping supervisors to support direct care workers facing the inevitable challenges of working closely with trauma. In this Q&A, we catch up with Noel to learn more about his workshop and why trauma-informed supervision is an important ingredient of trauma-informed care.
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    We partner with leading researchers to identify and fill the gaps in knowledge about what works in out-of-home care.


    We facilitate monthly communities of practice for therapeutic specialists, and those with a clinical role, in therapeutic residential care.


    We innovate and curate collections of knowledge on critical practice issues in out-of-home care.



    The Criminalisation of Children in Care in England/Wales, New South Wales, and Victoria

    About us

    Why is reflection important for trauma-informed work?

    Why did you become a therapeutic specialist?

    What would you tell others thinking about becoming a therapeutic specialist?

    What changes have you seen in the young people you work with?

    What are the best parts of being a therapeutic specialist?

    What are the challenges of being a therapeutic specialist?

    How does the exposure to trauma impact on staff?

    What is the role of relationship in therapeutic care?

    What is an average day for a therapeutic specialist?

    What is a therapeutic specialist?

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