Thursday, 30 May 2019

Duty team update

By Jessica Wooley

CASA duty teams are made up of especially trained and qualified sexual assault and family violence counsellors. Each CASA has their own duty worker who will answer crisis calls during business hours. After hours these calls are answered by the Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL) 1800 806 292. This service is provided free of cost.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Protective behaviour education

By Jessica Wooley

‘Protective behaviours’ is an education program aimed at children who receive counselling services from SECASA. It teaches them what it means to be safe and unsafe, in their own behaviour and the behaviour of others.

This education program provides an opportunity to understand boundaries. The definition of ‘safe’ is explored thoroughly, looking at safe places, safe people and warning signs that a person or activity is unsafe. Usually the child has been in an unsafe situation in the past which has led them to becoming a client at SECASA.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Community Health Nurses in MDCs

By Jessica Wooley

Community Health Nurses (CHNs) offer free and confidential health support to individuals who have experienced sexual assault, as well as their family members.

Sexual assault and family violence are linked to poor outcomes, such as poor mental and physical health. CHNs aim to minimise poor outcomes through education and support. They undertake an initial general health needs assessment of the client, providing health information, assisted referral and education for all health matters.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

AWARE Program Highlights

Dandenong MDC
By Saihini Naidoo

SECASA’s AWARE Program provides assessment and treatment of sexually abusive behaviour (SAB) and problem sexual behaviour (PSB) in children and young people, whilst providing support to their parents and carers in the southern region of Melbourne, Victoria.