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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 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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Last reviewed: May 2015

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Stepping up for kids

Understanding and supporting children who have experienced Family and Domestic Violence

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What to do if you are a parent of a child who bullies

Being told that your child is bullying is a worrying thing for a parent or carer. Bullying hurts both the person who is bullied and the person who is doing the bullying.

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Family Troubles - The Trauma and Grief Network (TGN)

Families come in all shapes and sizes and so do their worries and troubles. Every family goes through tough times and it is important to know that in periods of uncertainty or change, you are not alone. Here you will find handy tip sheets, resources and web links to help you and your family cope

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Research: Trauma review | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Review of Childhood Trauma Literature Threereviews: Silverman, W.K., Oritz, C.O., Viswesvaran, C., Burns, B.J., Kolko, D.J., Putnam, F.W. (2008). Stallard, P. (2006). Wethington, et al. (2008). 1. Silverman, W.K., Oritz, C.O., Viswesvaran, C., Burns, B.J., Kolko, D.J., Putnam, F.W. (2008). Evidence-based psychological treatments for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37(1): 156-183.

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Talking to your children about bullying: Three B’s Bullying, being Bullied and being a Bystander

Bullying is when a person deliberately hurts someone else; it can be physical, emotional, relationship based and/ or cyber related. Bullying may be a ‘one off’ event or occur repeatedly.

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Disasters: Media | Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

In the past few years we have seen wide scale disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, typhoons, floods and bushfires. These have resulted in many deaths and have affected the lives many in Australia, as well as many of our global neighbours.

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

When an Indigenous child or adolescent experiences trauma, loss or grief, there can be extra complexities that need to be taken into account. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians' experiences of loss are multifaceted and complex, and involve the normal losses that people experience as well as the other losses that are specific to Indigenous Australians.

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Bullying - The Trauma and Grief Network (TGN)

Bullying is a difficulty that many children may now experience. It can happen at school, in sporting groups or online. Bullying is an important issue that needs to be addressed by parents, carers, the community and young people as well. On this page there are some resources that provide some information about what bullying is,

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Friends Supporting Friends: Friends helping friends during disasters

During disasters like floods, fires and cyclones, lots of kids are great in supporting each other. Some friends stay in constant contact with each other from the first time they hear that the disaster is coming. Often when kids go through really scary experiences, it is their friends that are there to support them.

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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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