In Tasmania, The Salvation Army has developed Safe from the Start, an innovative project to work with children who have witnessed family violence using activity-based play.
In partnership with two universities, The Salvation Army conducted research that demonstrated children exposed to violence in early years can suffer severe effects on brain development and may be predisposed to developing addiction or adopting violent behaviour later in life.
Out of this research, The Salvation Army developed a training program and resource kit. Nationally over 1,000 people — including family and domestic violence workers, child protection workers, counsellors and child carers — have participated in training, and over 800 resource kits have been distributed within Australia and internationally.
For more information on the project or to order resources visit salvationarmy.org.au/safefromthestart.