Who are we?
The opportunity to strengthen the mother-child bond and reinforce the importance of a focus on developmental milestones with mothers who are recovering from their trauma in our family violence crisis accommodation really reinforces and supports our focus on the children we support as well as their mothers. The integration of a Maternal and Child Health Nurse will have a significant impact on a child’s development, achievement of key milestones and ultimately their readiness for school. We’re delighted to be supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation in the implementation of this initiative.
Jocelyn Bignold OAM, CEO McAuley
McAuley supports women and children who have experienced family violence and homelessness to take control of their lives. With wraparound services, McAuley brings together health, legal, employment, financial, accommodation and recreational responses.
What are we doing?

McAuley: Supporting developmental milestones and the mother child bond in a family violence context

This program will see the integration of a Maternal and Child Health Nurse (MCHN) into McAuley’s custom-designed long term crisis accommodation for women and children who have experienced family violence. The MCHN will work directly with mothers with children prenatal to two years, to enhance parent-child relationships and support mothers with strategies for achieving parenting goals. Family violence can impact health and development for children, with the stress disrupting healthy brain, social and personality development. The trauma, lack of community and family support as well as the focus on sorting out things like legal matters, housing, financial issues means that often essential development of infants can take a back seat. This program aims to demonstrate how a short interaction can have significant long-term impact on the child’s development, and longer term, their readiness for school.

What are the impact areas we aim to work within?
Impact Area
Thriving children
Domestic & family violence
Housing & homelessness
Other Areas
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