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Is Australia Failing its Children?

Is Australia Failing its Children?

by Michael Hawton, MAPS According to the recent release of Unicef’s Children's Report, the number of children entering and remaining in out-of-home care has more than doubled. The report also stated that one in six Australian children are living in poverty, that...

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Should children be told not to talk to strangers?

Should children be told not to talk to strangers?

A general view among child safety advocates is that children should be discouraged from talking with strangers. This message is regularly announced (and generally unopposed) in today’s culture with ‘stranger danger’ messages becoming part of modern parlance.  In other...

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To go up to the school – or not?

To go up to the school – or not?

By Michael Hawton, Child Psychologist (MAPS) and Parentshop founder. If you’ve had a child at school for more than a few years, chances are that there have been times when you have considered whether to go up to the school about an issue that is affecting your child. ...

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How the Arts can Benefit Children with Special Needs

How the Arts can Benefit Children with Special Needs

By Lillian Brooks, founder of learningdisabilities.info. Lillian has many years working as a special education teacher with a focus on teaching children with learning disabilities. She created learningdisabilities.info to offer information and understanding to parents...

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Not Every Act of Meanness is Bullying

Not Every Act of Meanness is Bullying

One of our jobs is to help children and young people to interpret events proportionally. However, in recent times, I have seen a shift involving the wrong application of words like trauma, depression and bullying. When these very meaningful words are misused, their...

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