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Where can I go for further information?

The following resources contain further information on what families and staff can do to support children who are affected by trauma:

Childhood Trauma reactions: A Guide for teachers from Preschool to Year 12 is a resource outlining information on trauma reactions in early childhood, supporting children after a traumatic event and further information on the topic. It is available at trauma handbook.pdf

Child development and trauma is a resource outlining information on the development of children and the indicators of trauma in children at different ages. It is available at

beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance-use disorders in Australia.

The Australian Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to people’s lives, through improving their health and wellbeing and increasing scientific knowledge. Information on accessing a psychologist is available at

Australian Child and Adolescent, Trauma, Loss and Grief Network focuses on providing knowledge, information and resources to a range of stakeholders, supporting local and national networking and linkages between people responsible for, or working with, children, adolescents and their families, and bringing together stakeholders in the areas of practice, policy and research related to children and adolescents with experiences of trauma, loss and grief. Resources including grief and loss, disasters, medical trauma are available at

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a USA based organisation. Its 80,000 members are teachers, administrators, parents, educators and policy makers. Young Children is a peer-reviewed professional journal published bimonthly by the NAEYC with useful and practical articles to assist families and staff care and educate young children. Articles on a range of issues relevant to children’s development are available on the website.

The Raising Children Network, funded under the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, is a national website aimed at helping families care for their children. Articles on a range of issues relevant to children’s development and issues relevant to helping children affected by trauma are available on this website.

The Australian Childhood Foundation has been established for 20 years and works to help parents and carers raise healthy and confident children and assist professional’s support at risk children.

The Office of the Child Safety Commissioner, Victorian State Government provides advice to both the Minister for Community Services and the Minister for Children on issues impacting on the lives of children, in particular vulnerable children. There are a number of resources that contain information on what families and staff can do to support children who are affected by trauma. Guides on working with children and trauma can be accessed on the website.

Resources to assist children during and following natural disasters

There are a number of resources available to assist children during and following natural disasters. Direct links are provided below:

Australian Psychological Society
Information on how to help psychologically during and after a flood is available at:

Information about floods and where to access support is available at:

Information on providing care in times of crisis is available at:

Early Childhood Australia
‘Bushfires and children’, a resource about how natural disasters can affect young children and what you can do to support them is available at:

The Australian National University
The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network at the Australian National University also has a valuable resources for dealing with disasters available at:

Raising Children Network
Information to help support children through a tragedy is available at: