Safe from the Start Training
Safe from the Start Training

The Safe from the Start project was developed by The Salvation Army, in partnership with the University of Tasmania (Dr Erica Bell) and Swinburne University, Vic (Dr Angela Spinney). The research project covered the impact of children witnessing domestic violence, how services and parents could better support and listen to the voices of children who had been exposed to domestic or family violence and identified best practice resources.

The research quote ‘a child exposed to violence is forever changed, but not forever ‘damaged’ – and there is a lot we can do to improve their future prospects’ (Baker & Cunningham, 2007) inspired the project and provided the positive message that one encounter by a caring adult with a child affected by violence, could assist to bring healing for that child. Safe from the Start consists of an evidence based one-day training program and resource tool kit using a best practice model engaging with children who have witnessed domestic or family violence. Using ‘activity based play’, the project aims to encourage workers and parents to listen to the voices of children who may feel scared or sad about what they have seen. The project has won a number of national awards including the top National Crime and Violence Prevention Award in 2011, Child Protection Award, NAPCAN – Play Your Part Award in 2013 and HESTA Award in 2015.

Over 2000 family violence, child protection workers, counsellors, teachers, police, foster carers, family and children’s services workers have attended training in all Australian states, New Zealand and the UK.  

The Safe from the Start training program is an introduction to understanding the effects of family violence on children including:

    • Research findings on the incidence and impact on children who have witnessed/experienced family or domestic violence.
    • Impact of trauma on the brain development of children, how to use activity-based-play utilising the Resource Tool Kit.Each participant will receive Safe from the Start Training Manual, USB pen with the training PowerPoint presentation and YouTube clips, 2 DVD’s: Bapistcare’s ‘Not in My House’ and Safe from the Start training DVD, brochures/posters, Duluth Wheels and Attendance Certificate.

Date: Thursday 16 November

Time: 9.00 am – 4.00pm

Venue: Ourimbah University Campus Chittaway Road, Ourimbah Room EXSA102

 Cost: $190.00 (phone 4325 9600 to pay via credit Card, other payments please advise)

Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea provided

Trainers: Dr Wilma Gallet & Nell Kuilenburg

Please arrive by 8.45am to register for a 9am sharp start

Location:Room ESXA102 Ourimbah University Campus, Chittaway Road, Ourimbah

All enquiries to:

Danielle Habib – Violence Prevention Coordinator Uniting E:

Ph: 0416 851 015


Please email your Registration ASAP as limited places


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