An important function of this website is to direct members of the community to accurate and reliable information about child and adolescent trauma, loss and grief. We have provided some direct links below to articles and information relating to child and adolescent trauma, loss and grief and particularly relevant to professionals working with refugee families and communities.
We consider this a good starting point for members of the community to access information in this area..
This resource, developed with Professor Louise Newman, focuses on the traumatic events and adversities that face refugees and asylum seekers from the point of fleeing their country through to resettlement in a new country. The resource discusses how these traumatic events may affect children and young people.
The Working with Refugee Families Project
Australian Centre for Child Protection
University of South Australia
This report outlines the findings of a three stage research project designed to examine why recently arrived families from refugee backgrounds are presenting to the child protection system and to identify culturally appropriate strategies and models for intervention.
School's in for Refugees: Whole school guide to refugee readiness
Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc.
This guide aims to strengthen the capacity of school communities to promote a supportive school environment for students from refugee backgrounds and their families. The guide includes information on the impact of trauma on the development and wellbeing of the child.
Service Provision – Culturally and linguistically diverse families and children
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA)
This webpage contains a number of resources and publications relating to working with refugee families.
Refugee Council of Australia
The national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them.
Diversity Health Institute Australia
A central access point for Australian multicultural health services, resources, research and projects, training and events. Easy to find information regarding refugee children and adolescents.
Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT)
A network of Australia's eight specialist rehabilitation agencies that work with survivors of torture and trauma who have come to Australia from overseas. There is one FASSTT member agency in each state and territory in Australia.
Early Childhood Australia
This online resource for the early childhood field contains information and resources on working with children from refugee backgrounds, including the benefits of playgroups as protective environments for refugee children at risk of trauma.
Transcultural Mental Health Centre
Mental health information brochures and factsheets available to download in a number of community languages. Includes a family help kit for post-traumatic stress.