Family Violence in a Child's World

Family Violence in a Child’s World is an online training program that helps educators understand and respond to children experiencing family violence.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, coaching
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 – Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity – anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity – aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity – hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
    • Social competence – responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Family Violence in a Child’s World is an online, self-paced training package which aims to enhance educators’ understanding of a child’s lived experience of family violence and how growing up in an unpredictable environment, filled with anxiety and dominated by fear, can impact on healthy development.

The training aims to build on educators’ existing capacity to recognise and respond to children who may be experiencing family violence, with a focus on increasing knowledge of how trauma affects development and attachment.

The training program focuses on developing educators’ skills in engaging children in a safe and supportive manner. The meaning behind a child’s behaviour can be identified through the provision of a supportive environment for the child’s voice and story to be heard.

The training aims to support educators to use their knowledge and skills, child observations, and information gathered from various sources, to speak confidently and safely with parents/caregivers where concerns have been identified. A framework is shared to support this engagement and includes recommended approaches, resources, and options for referring families on for further support.

Follow-up implementation coaching is available where required.

Detailed cost

  • Online course – 8 modules: $250 (excluding GST)
  • Implementation coaching (virtual sessions): $150/hour (excluding GST)

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource. This is an online program, so staff can access the training at any time whilst their access remains active.
  • Supervision/coaching: coaching sessions are available where required via Zoom or phone-based sessions at 4 and 8 weeks post-training. These sessions are not compulsory but available to services seeking additional support and the opportunity to critically reflect on implementation of child-focused strategies and resources. The sessions also support confidence and skill building in any areas covered in the training. To qualify for the coaching participants need to have completed all 8 modules.
  • Tools and systems: information technology resources are required for delivery of the training. As it is an online program, the provider recommends participants access via Chrome, Firefox or Edge browsers.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Equity and diversity
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.