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Recently updated and re-designed, Child Focused Practice is a free, interactive online program, developed in collaboration with the South Australian homelessness and family violence sector.

This course explores the impact of homelessness and trauma on children and provides practical information about how to support children and their parents.

Offering knowledge and skills to respond effectively to children in age appropriate ways, this training is equivalent to 7.5 hours of professional development.

Child Focused Practice Online was a finalist for Adult Learning Program of the Year in 2016 as part of Adult Learners’ Week.

Who can participate?

We encourage everyone working closely with children and families, from across the community services and health sector, to complete the Child Focused Practice course.

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Training Program Format

The training program is provided as an interactive online course involving audiovisual presentations, video lectures and interviews, interactive case studies and quizzes.

We estimate the learning and associated activities will take seven to eight hours to complete. You can work through these at your own pace.

The topics covered are:

  1. Child Focused Practice Fundamentals
  2. Child Development and the Impact of Trauma on Children
  3. Working Therapeutically with Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness and Domestic Violence

System Requirements

For accessing Child Focused Practice Online Training a HTML5 compatible Web browser (Edge, Internet Explorer 10+, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.) is recommended as well as the Adobe Flash Player (plugin/extension).

Additionally, a PDF reader (such as Adobe Reader, OpenPDF, Foxit etc.) and Microsoft Office Word (or equivalent) is required to open some resources.

For a good experience with video and audio content, we recommend a broadband internet connection or a 4G wireless internet connection. Alternatively, consider viewing the mobile version of the Child Focused Practice Online Training.

If you experience technical difficulties when using the e-learning platform, visit the Help Centre for further troubleshooting advice or consider contacting your workplace’s IT department. After completing your own troubleshooting, the Australian Institute of Social Relations is available to assist (see Help Centre for contact details).

Related Courses

AVERT Family Violence Basics Course

Understand the dimensions, dynamics and impact of family violence.

Cost: Free


This online training program is free of cost.

Training Program at a Glance

  • Start at any time
  • Work at your own pace
  • Video content by international leaders in the field
  • 7.5 hours estimated total to complete all learning and activities
  • Certificate of completion provided
  • English language only

Accessibility Information

If you do not find the delivery of this online learning accessible for your needs, please contact us at to discuss alternatives.

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