Local Team presents alongside international experts at Australian Childhood Foundation’s Child Trauma Conference in Melbourne

28 June 2016

The Building Resilience in Children (BRIC) Project, is child focused early intervention service which supports non-offending carers and their children post demestic violence, run by Sutherland Shire Family Services and is recieving acknowledgment on a world stage. Two of the Project’s lead staff, Aimee & Sarah, were selected to present a paper at a breakout session at the Australian Childhood Foundation’s 2016 Childhood Trauma Conference held in Melbourne last week, alongside international guest speakers and experts on the subject of child trauma.

The BRIC project, established within Sutherland Shire Family Services in 2010, works within a trauma and attachment framework, supporting non offending care givers to explore the impacts of domestic violence on their childs development, relationships and capacity to meanlingfully engage within their community. Carers are supported to provide reparative therapeutic parenting in response to their hurt children’s challanges. BRIC provides support to mothers’ individually, and also to mothers and their children together in a group setting. Groups include a focus on parenting in the context of domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence of children, promoting opportunities for resilience and promoting safe and secure attachment relationships.

“The response from the audience was encouraging and to have the opportunity to present in front of our peers, who we hold such respect for, was quiet humbling”, said Aimee, “and reinforces that our approach at SSFS to supporting local families, who have suffered domestic violence in their healing, aligns with current trauma and attachment research”.

SSFS CEO Diane Manns added, “I am incredibly proud of Aimee and Sarah, and in fact all our team who work in the BRIC project, for continuing to deliver industry leading programs that first and foremost are family focused and trauma informed, helping them heal through both education and therapeutic programs. Being asked to be a presenter at the conference is a wonderful recognition of the depth of talent and expertise on staff at Sutherland Shire Family Services, and the quality of the programs we offer at SSFS.”

Sutherland Shire Family Services are one of the leading local services that supports families affected by domestic violence in the Sutherland Shire and St. George areas. They offer services such as Domestic Violence caseworkers, personal safety planning, court advocacy services, therapeutic groups and educational programs. As well as their work in this area, they also offer many programs that provide support to families, young people and children in the area.