Blue Knot Foundation President, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, announced as ambassador of National Families Week 2016
Australia, 16 May 2016 – President of the leading national organisation working with the one in four Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma including abuse, Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)), Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, has become an Ambassador for National Families Week 2016.
Australia’s annual celebration of the importance of families, National Families Week 2016, will be held from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 21 May 2016 (coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May). The 2016 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities‘.
President of Blue Knot Foundation, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, said Blue Knot Foundation build families of support so survivors become active participating members of their communities.
“I’m honoured to be an ambassador of National Families Week. The cause highlights the important role strong families play in society. It’s crucial that we, as a society, work to build healthy families and strengthen community support for all of those affected by childhood trauma and abuse, along with addressing the factors which perpetuate abuse and neglect within families.”
“For many survivors, families play a crucial role in the recovery process; for others where family relationships are broken or strained, and abuse has occurred, the support of friends, neighbours, work colleagues and community members is vital. Non-blood relatives can become ‘family’ when times are tough, breaking isolation and fostering those positive connections, which build health and wellbeing. Networks, such as Blue Knot Foundation, can help people to navigate through tough times and help them on their recovery journey,” she said.
National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as a valuable opportunity to demonstrate that families, across the lifespan, are integral to our civil society. In 2016, over a 100,000 people are participating in registered events around Australia, illustrating the importance of families within the community.
Families Australia Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brian Babington, said: “Families are the most important building block of our society. Stronger families also mean stronger, more resilient communities.”
Help and support is available from the Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380, 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Sunday, or visit the Blue Knot Foundation website: www.blueknot.org.au
About Blue Knot Foundation
Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse) is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse, their families and communities. Blue Knot Foundation provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for those affected.
At the forefront of pioneering trauma-informed policy, practice, training and research, the organisation has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.
In 2012 Blue Knot Foundation released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. In 2015 the organisation released an Economic Report, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia, leading the conversation around the economic imperative of providing the right services for adult survivors.
Formed in 1995, Blue Knot Foundation provides a range of services including specialist short-term phone counselling, support, information, and referral pathways extensive resources including fact sheets and videos, educational workshops for survivors and family members, partners and loved ones, and professional development training, supervision, consultancy for personnel and professionals from diverse services and sectors, including community, health, legal and justice sectors.
About National Families Week
National Families Week is run by Families Australia, a national, member-based, not-for-profit organisation, on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Social Services. http://nfw.org.au/