"In my 16 years in this organisation I’ve never seen staff at all levels nod and agree that one approach is the closest model of practice to where we wanted to be."
Sanctuary training participant, Department for Child Protection South Australia
Foundations of the model
Sanctuary’s seven commitments
A video series exploring Sanctuary’s commitments to nonviolence, emotional intelligence, democracy, social learning, growth and change, social responsibility and open communication.
Trauma theory and the Sanctuary toolkit
The Sanctuary model is built on trauma theory. When understood well, we are better able to identify what we can do about the impact of trauma in order to create healthier environments.
Origins of the Sanctuary model
The Sanctuary model emerged in the 1980s from the work of psychiatrist Dr. Sandra Bloom, social worker Joe Foderaro and nurse practitioner Ruth Ann Ryan.
The Australian experience
Bringing the Sanctuary model to Australia and adapting it for the Australian context is a journey that began in 2008.