Welcome to Early Signals. First Responses, a new program developed by Early Childhood Australia.

One in four children is exposed to domestic and family violence in New South Wales.

Additionally, 50 per cent of families affected by domestic violence have children in their immediate care. Domestic and family violence is also a leading cause of homelessness for children in Australia (FACS, 2018).

Early Signals. First Responses is a unique program that resources and supports early childhood educators and carers to better recognise and respond to young children who have been exposed to or experienced family violence.

Combining face-to-face and online learning techniques including webinars; expert coaching and networking opportunities, this program is developed by experts in the fields of domestic violence and trauma in children. Through this program, early childhood educators will gain the knowledge and skills needed to support young children and, where appropriate, safely and professionally refer families to specialist support agencies.

It’s one step to break the long-term trajectory that early exposure to abuse creates over the course of young children’s lives.

This project has been developed by Early Childhood Australia and funded by the NSW Domestic Violence Innovation Fund.

Online professional learning

Learn online with six professional learning modules and two webinars exploring cognitive development, attachment, trauma-informed practice, challenging behaviour, and respectful relationships.

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Face-to-face workshop

Take your learning further and hear from experts in domestic violence and early childhood with a free face-to-face workshop held in Sydney on Thursday 24 October 2019.

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Further resources

Explore a collection of research, resources and information about supporting children and families, and a network of referral pathways in your community.


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