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Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN)

The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN) is a national network that works with experts from around Australia to increase knowledge and awareness of the impact of trauma, loss and adversity on children and young people.

The ACATLGN is a web based resource that aims to provide high quality information and educational resources, and to make them freely accessible to professionals.

The Network addresses the trauma, loss and grief experiences of children and adolescents across a wide range of childhood adversities in two general areas that are relevant for young people in Australia today:

1. Specific adversities

Abuse, neglect and violence, disasters and mass adversities, medical traumas and injuries; family disruption; parental mental health; bullying; grief and bereavement; homelessness and poverty; and involvement with the justice system.

2. Settings/contexts

Family structures functioning and complexity; early childhood settings and services; educational settings and services; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families; rural and remote communities; out of home care; mental health and primary care; and refugee and migrant families.

ACATLGN also includes the Trauma Grief Network (TGN) supporting families website, developed specifically for parents, carers and the broader community.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN).

Last reviewed: September 2019

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Supporting your child after abuse

This tipsheet talks about some of the real challenges that parents, family members and carers face when they find out that their child has been abused. When a child discloses abuse often the adults around them will feel grief and anger, as well as many other overwhelming feelings.

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Abuse, neglect & violence | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Protecting children is a critical theme for all of us, and especially so when there are so many tragic adversities which can severely impact on children's lives. Most damaging to children and young people are the experiences of abuse, neglect and violence, which are sadly prevalent in more circumstances than one would expect. The experience of these traumas is particularly associated with adverse mental health outcomes in childhood and through to adult life.

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Protecting children from unnecessary trauma during separation and divorce

This tipsheet was designed to encourage parents to focus on their children during separation and divorce, and protect them from their own adult issues and conflict.

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Disasters: Psychological first aid | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults and families in the aftermath of disasters and other mass adversities. It involves brief supportive interventions for children and families in the early weeks including emotional support, social support, practical assistance, information gathering and provision, and linking with collaborative services. The resources on this page further demonstrate and explain the core principles of Psychological First Aid and information on its implementation across a range of settings.

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Perinatal period and infancy | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

'Perinatal' generally refers to the period around the time of pregnancy and the few months after childbirth. Although most women have a positive experience at this time, for some it can be particularly challenging and stressful with the associated risk of impaired physical and mental health. It is also a critical time for their partners and families and thus is a rare opportunity to mediate to ensure good outcomes for all involved, including the next generation.

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Supporting your child when a parent is in jail

In Australia, approximately 50% of all prisoners are parents. This leaves many, many children who are affected by their parent being incarcerated. Of course the imprisonment of the child’s parent not only affects just the child, but also affects the extended family as a whole.

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Out of home care and adoption | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Many children who enter into out of home care and adoptive familieshave experienced grief, loss and trauma either separately or cumulatively. It is crucial that these experiences are recognized in children in out of home care and adoptees, andthat this is taken into account when looking at how best to meet their needs.

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Indigenous children and families: Cultural awareness | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

It is always important as a professional dealing with Indigenous cultures to be aware of the culture of community with which one is engaging. Cultural awareness shows respect for the culture with whom one is working, which can aid people working with these communities to build better relationships and be more effective in their work.

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Indigenous - The Trauma and Grief Network (TGN)

Australias First Peoples are resilient and resourceful. We have survived through adversities; some in the past, but many of these adversities are ongoing. There are still issues impacting on how we live today, and they range from issues such as the effects of the stolen generations, to other business, and the breadth of things in

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We are strong and proud! Strengths for us and our mob

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander = strong and proud! As Indigenous people we can heal the effects of the past. We can heal some of the past trauma that we’ve experienced and get through the tough times we face now. We can use our culture to help us heal.

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