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TraCS Consultants work with educators across time to leverage their expertise in child development and pedagogy and support them to apply a trauma lens to understand the drivers of challenging behaviours.

Across the service period, consultants support educators to reflect upon, analyse and evaluate observations, experiences and behaviours to inform practice and interventions with children. As part of this, TraCS Consultants can facilitate service referrals.

Support for Kindergartens

Accessing TraCS through School Readiness Funding

TraCS is a trauma informed, relationship-based program which supports educators working with children who have been affected by trauma, by building their capacity to promote trauma informed relationships and environments for children.

By working closely with kindergartens across time, the program:

  • helps educators understand challenging behaviours through a ‘trauma lens’
  • builds the capability of educators to understand and respond appropriately to challenging behaviours
  • enables educators to foster trauma-sensitive learning environments
  • provides case consultation and referral support to address the wellbeing needs of children and families.

TraCS builds a relationship with kindergarten services over time, allowing Consultants to develop a strong partnership with educators and support them in developing strategies which promote connection and defuse conflict.

Packages

Our TraCS packages are based on visits across a minimum of six months of service. We work with educators and key internal leadership stakeholders within the kindergarten to develop an understanding of the needs of the service and plan our program of support to meet these needs.

Each package includes a stakeholder visit, room observation and needs assessment to assist in developing an agreed support plan. Ongoing service delivery is then provided through the following elements:

  • In session coaching
  • Out of session reflective practice
  • Phone consultations and support
  • Training and workshops

Co-Location

Designed to work across multiple services, the co-located option can support and build strong relationships with a number of kindergarten services within a region or with an early years manager. Our consultants provide frequent, flexible and integrated support that includes all elements within the packaged service with the addition of working alongside key stakeholders within your broader organisation.

Community of Practice (COP)

Our TraCS Communities of Practice may be an option for your service if you are interested in working with colleagues from within your service or across the broader early years sector.

Our CoP is designed to share knowledge and experiences and reflect on the benefits of a trauma informed program at your service. Our CoP is designed to include initial training as a group, followed by monthly sharing of case presentations and discussion regarding practice themes. Each participating centre receives a three hour follow up on site visit throughout the year.

Our CoP requires participation from a minimum of 8 services with 2 key representatives from each services and requires a time commitment across 4 terms.

Contact us to find out how we can work with your early years service through school readiness funding.

Support for schools

Accessing TraCS through Schools Mental Health Menu

The Schools Mental Health Menu is designed to give schools evidence based, informed choices on how to spend their funding on programs and interventions that will improve student health and wellbeing outcomes.

The TraCS program philosophy is based on a Trauma Informed, Relationship-Based Practice. This is a multi-dimensional practice framework which draws upon the interconnected theories of trauma, attachment and child development and recognises that an individual and their behaviour is best understood in the context of their experiences, relationships and environment.

TraCS Consultants understand the challenges, complexities and responsibilities that come with educating and caring for children and young people who have experienced trauma.

We believe that the relationship between teacher and child or young person plays a crucial role in contributing not only to the young person’s educational, social and emotional development, but additionally their wellbeing.

We support and assist teachers to understand the impact of trauma on the whole child in a way that recognises the important role of secure and positive relationships in the developing needs of children and young people.

Our aim is to increase the students experience of physical and emotional safety, both within the school environment and the relationships around them, in order to optimise opportunities for learning.

By working closely with schools across time, the program:

  • helps teachers understand challenging behaviours through a ‘trauma lense
  • builds the capability of teachers to respond appropriately to challenging behaviours
  • enables teachers to foster trauma-sensitive learning environments
  • Provides short term case management support including facilitating referrals to address the wellbeing needs of young people and families.

TraCS builds a relationship within schools allowing Consultants to develop a strong, productive partnership with educators and school support systems to assist in developing strategies which promote connection and defuse conflict.

What to expect from us

The TraCS Consultant will deliver the Trauma Informed Consultancy Service to help primary and secondary school staff understand students with challenging behaviour affected by trauma and vulnerability.

The TraCS Consultants will deliver 50 hours of consultancy which can include the following components, as agreed:

  • Planning session/s with school leadership and other key stakeholders to identify priority needs
  • Delivery of training and workshop/s
  • Reflective practice session/s to support teachers and staff in understanding the impact of trauma and vulnerability on practice
  • Follow-up case consultation and support session/s
  • Community of Practice opportunity to share teacher experiences and practice wisdom from within one school or across the sector.

Multiple packages may be purchased and are recommended for schools with complex needs or student populations greater than 500.

Contact us to find out how we can work with your school through the School's Mental Health Menu.

Accessing TraCS through Flexible Support Packages

Flexible Support Packages (FSP) are designed to provide short-term responsive support for children who have experienced complex trauma and vulnerability and are at immediate risk of exclusion and disengagement from kindergarten.

Early Years TraCS is a trauma informed, relationship-based program which supports educators working with children in the early years who have been affected by trauma through building their capacity to promote trauma informed relationships and environments.

The package provides a targeted response to the immediate needs of the identified child and the educators working within the service by:

  • helping educators to understand challenging behaviours through a ‘trauma lens’
  • building the capability of educators to respond appropriately to challenging behaviours
  • enabling educators to foster a trauma-sensitive learning environment
  • providing short term case management support including facilitating referrals to address the wellbeing needs of children and families
  • delivery of Trauma in the Early Years Training and professional development
  • service delivery – In session: providing role modelling and direct support
  • service delivery - Out of session: providing an opportunity for educators to reflect on their practice and the impact of trauma across their service
  • Case Planning and Care Team Meetings.

To find out how we can work with your early years service through Flexible Support Funding, contact [email protected] or 03 9697 0619

Accessing TraCS through Innovative Solutions Funding

The Inclusion Development Fund (IDF) provides funding to help eligible education and care services address barriers to inclusion that require extra resources.

Early Years TraCS is a trauma informed, relationship-based program which supports educators working with children in the early years who have been affected by trauma and vulnerability by building their capacity to promote trauma informed relationships and environments. By working closely with early years services across time, the program:

  • helps educators understand challenging behaviours through a ‘trauma lens’
  • builds the capability of educators to respond appropriately to challenging behaviours
  • enables educators to foster trauma-sensitive learning environments
  • provides short term case management support including facilitating referrals to address the wellbeing needs of children and families.

Our TraCS service delivery will develop a package of service delivery that is responsive to the identified needs of the educators and service requesting support. This may focus on the needs of an individual service or expand to include the collective needs of a larger EYM. This can also include a group of individual services coming together to address an issue that is impacting on multiple services.

Communities of Practice (Cop)

Our TraCS Communities of Practice may be an option for your service if you are interested in working with colleagues from within your service or across the broader early years sector. Our CoP is designed to share knowledge and experiences and reflect on the benefits of a trauma informed program at your service.

Our CoP is designed to include initial training as a group, followed by monthly sharing of case presentations and discussion regarding practice themes. Each participating centre receives a three hour follow up on site visit throughout the year.

Contact us to find out how we can work with your early years service through Innovative Solutions Funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Early Years Trauma Consultancy Service (TraCS) draws on our extensive expertise and work within our care programs – Children Ahead, Buddy Bags and Cubby House,, as well as our other programs in educational settings such as eSmart Connect, eSmart Schools, eSmart Media Literacy Lab and eSmart Digital Licence+

In discussions with early years managers, it became clear that educators needed support that extended beyond the delivery of training alone. In many settings, educators were operating at the front line of childhood trauma, acting as a primary factor in managing and mitigating risk.

They not only required training around trauma (many had already received high quality training), but also needed support in managing their work and relationships with children experiencing trauma. The provision of support to staff that included coaching and onsite observation, training, support and advice was needed.

Unlike many other trauma-informed services, the focus of TraCS is to work with educators over a period of time. Our service delivery model intentionally focuses on bringing the expertise of educators and the TraCS Consultant to build a relationship of support and learning directly into the education space.

We build a partnership that combines our collective knowledge in education and social work to build the capacity of educators in working with children and families with trauma backgrounds and presentations.

This allows teaching professionals to build their knowledge base through continuously planning, implementing, analysing and reviewing their interactions, plans and strategies with children – utilising the skills of the reflective practitioner to act as a guide in this process.

This process also protects educators from professional fatigue or burnout by providing a space in which they can challenge and be challenged about their role without judgement or consequence.

Yes, which is why we encourage you to get in contact with us directly to discuss your specific needs and budget so we can identify the right support available.

If you’re part of a larger service with access to combined or significant funding, please contact us about a co-located position. It may be a more cost-effective option, with the additional benefit of the consultant becoming an integral part of your team and based within your service week to week.

Yes, TraCS is currently supporting a number of services and agencies in their work with vulnerable children via alternate funding. Contact us to find out more.

In-session support provides the opportunity for coaching and provision while children are in session at kindergarten. Out-of-session support provides a space for educators to engage in reflective practice, planning and discussion regarding the impact of trauma in their work.

Our Trauma Consultants have extensive experience supporting children experiencing trauma and have:

  • qualifications in social work, psychology and/or allied disciplines
  • at least five years of experience working in family violence, child protection, out-of-home care and/or related fields.
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Contact us to find out how we can work with your early years service through school readiness funding, Flexible Support Funding, Innovative Solution Funding, or work with your school through the School's Mental Health Menu.

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