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Family violence support services

Trauma services

Restoring Childhood

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Restoring Childhood is part of Berry Street's Take Two therapeutic service. It focuses on supporting children and young people to recover from family violence.

Our approach

Family violence can affect babies, children, young people and adults in different ways. Professional support can assist them to recover.

Family violence is not one particular experience. It may include different forms of abuse, control and/or violence. Learn more about what family violence is.

Restoring Childhood is an early intervention service focused on the baby, child or young person. Addressing childhood trauma as soon as possible is the best way of reducing its long-term effects.

We provide trauma-informed therapeutic care for victim survivor families.

Where needed we help the child or children and their safe caregiver make sense of the traumatic impacts of family violence on them.

We use a range of clinical approaches to help caregivers understand the child’s experience of the violence, so they can support their children to feel safe again.

Rainbow Tick

The Restoring Childhood program is Rainbow Tick accredited. This means that we have improved our systems and processes so that our workplace culture, practice and service delivery are welcoming, safe and inclusive for all LGBTIQ+ people. All of our team members have completed training to ensure safe and inclusive engagement of and support for LGBTIQ+ service users.

Learn more about Rainbow Tick at Berry Street

Child-friendly information

If you’d like some information to explain what Restoring Childhood is to children, have a look at these brochures.

Funding

Restoring Childhood is part of Berry Street’s Take Two therapeutic service and is funded by Family Safety Victoria.

Locations and how to access Restoring Childhood

Restoring Childhood is delivered in the following areas across Victoria:

  • Take Two stories

    New Take Two practice guide – ‘Crucial connections: understanding a child’s relational health’

    Berry Street’s Take Two program has produced a new practice guide to support others working with trauma-impacted children and young people.

  • Take Two stories

    Coping with distress through drawing

    Nic* was 14 years old when they were referred to The Wattle Project, a Berry Street therapeutic service that supports families with young people who are using violence at home.

  • Take Two stories

    Video now available: 'Engaging with children who have experienced trauma'

    Take Two held its first online ‘Clinical Conversation’ recently, and the video recording is now available online.