Research Huddle - Trauma-informed practices for children out of home care; University of Sydney

MacDonald, M. (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Maintaining children’s connections with their birth relatives can promote understanding of one’s life story and identity development. However, children may experience significant distress when contact visits do not go well. Parents of children who are in care often have their own complex trauma and frequently experience mental health issues and substance abuse disorders that can affect their ability to connect with their children. This multi-disciplinary and international working group considered how trauma awareness can be applied to children’s experiences of contact in out-of-home care, identifying specifications for research. This huddle brought together experts in trauma and out-of-home care with practitioners in the sector. We discussed children’s contact experiences in care, drawing upon current research and practice issues. These conversations considered how legal and service systems promote or impede parents’ efforts to maintain positive relationships with their children, considering the Australian context and internationally, with specific reference to the UK.
Period24 Oct 2019
Event titleResearch Huddle - Trauma-informed practices for children in out-of-home care : null
Event typeWorkshop
LocationSydney, Australia, New South Wales
Degree of RecognitionInternational