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Why celebrating successes is important to our mental health

Posted: 08/11/2021

We are becoming an increasingly outcome-driven society. For many of us, our lives are dominated by KPIs, meeting targets, ticking boxes and writing endless reports. While accountability is important, the pressures around this often mean that we feel relieved rather than proud or excited …Read more

Talking about shame—why it can be a game changer

Posted: 08/11/2021

Researcher, Brené Brown, calls shame the ‘master emotion’ because it is present in almost every experience of trauma, disempowerment and exclusion. Whether we have caused someone else harm, someone has caused us harm or we are experiencing mental health issues, shame is the voice …Read more

Creative ideas for capturing the voice of the child

Posted: 10/09/2021

Many of us who have worked with children have grappled with how we can effectively include the perspective and voice of children in our planning and program development. We know it is important and valuable but how do we do it well? And how …Read more

Managing Anxiety

Posted: 09/09/2021

We have all experienced anxiety at some time or another. For many of us, it feels unpleasant, uneasy, uncomfortable and sometimes scary. It comes in many different forms and no two people will experience it in the same way. It can even look different at different …Read more

Why is early literacy so important?

Posted: 09/08/2021

As early literacy can be a predictor of educational attainment, earnings, health and social outcomes later in life, it is really important that we support parents and carers to build their child’s literacy.  But what do we mean when we talk about ‘literacy’? Literacy …Read more

Building strengths literacy

Posted: 09/08/2021

We are surrounded by many different cultures—not only cultures from other countries—but also the different mini-cultures found in families, schools, communities and workplaces. Each of these cultures may emphasise different strengths—for example, ‘standing out’ may be admired in one setting, while in another, ‘blending …Read more

A simple reminder for best practice

Posted: 19/07/2021

When we are in the midst of a challenging conversation—a supervision session, a finely-balanced meeting with a family or a conversation with someone struggling with their mental health—having a few simple, practical and visual reminders to help guide the conversation in a positive and …Read more

Rainbow Talk Feature Product

Posted: 28/05/2021

Why LGBTQI+ resources are needed Because everyone deserves respect. We share spaces with people whose ideas, beliefs and stories differ from our own. Our interests, languages, bodies and styles are many and varied, and this rich diversity is reflected in our experiences of gender, sexuality …Read more

Acts of Everyday Kindness

Posted: 27/05/2021

Acts of everyday kindness are all around us. They can come in the form of a kind word, a helping hand, a nod of appreciation, an encouraging smile, a story, a wave, a letter, a gentle caution, a friendly visit or a meal shared. …Read more

Celebrating the diversity of families

Posted: 11/05/2021

Every family is unique. Some families are big and rowdy, some a small and quiet. Some are extended, some are nuclear and some families have just one person and a cat. Families can be scattered all over the world or can all live in …Read more

Noticing the strengths of families

Posted: 11/05/2021

When we are supporting families, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focussing on deficits. This can feel difficult to avoid when we are supporting a family around a particular issue. However, creating the space for parents to notice and celebrate …Read more

Great news—optimism is a skill we can learn!

Posted: 16/04/2021

The research into the psychology of optimism is based on studies into a condition called ‘learned helplessness’. Psychologists and other researchers have discovered that people or animals show changes in behaviour when they decide they can do nothing to improve or change a situation …Read more