Repairing Broken Threads – Reconnection and reunification practice

Work to reconnect or reunify children, young people and their families is complex, sensitive, challenging and rewarding. It must be done well. We know that most children and young people living away from their families will return home – at some point, in some way. Even for those who cannot ‘go home’, research suggests there are benefits in family connection. The craft of this work lies in how to determine the optimal level and nature of this connection for individual children and young people. If you are interested in exploring this area of practice with a view to clarifying and consolidating your understanding, skills and approach, this is the workshop for you. Contemporary thinking and research inform activities designed to develop your knowledge and skills in: assessing safety; planning effective support and intervention; and collaborative work with children, young people, their families and carers in this emotive and critical work.

Who should attend?

Government and non-government alternative care and reunification workers, residential care workers, foster and kinship care support workers

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Standard Price $330.00 (AUD)*  

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  • Repairing Broken Threads
    December 2, 2021
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

High Voltage – working with ‘high risk’ adolescents

Work with young people with ‘high risk’ behaviours can carry shock potential – for young people themselves and others around them, including front-line workers. Workers often face the tricky challenge of providing an immediate response to extreme and dangerous behaviour by young people, in order to provide safety, while at the same time trying to connect with the hidden pain, trauma and unmet need underpinning this behaviour. This carries the inbuilt conundrum of maintaining a planned approach in the face of continuing crisis. If you are grappling with this ‘high voltage’ work then this is the workshop for you. It is informed by the AIM4® concept map, which supports a practical and effective approach to working with vulnerable young people, grounded in contemporary thinking and research.

Who should attend?

Workers in statutory and community services who work with young people with complex needs and challenging behaviour, including child safety, youth justice, education settings, residential care, youth services.

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Workshop Registration $330.00 (AUD)*  

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  • High Voltage
    October 28, 2021
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Family Ties – working with kinship and relative carers

We all acknowledge the principle that children and young people who need care are best placed with kin, if there are family members who can provide safety and help meet their emotional needs. However there are some challenges to be overcome! Achieving positive family contact with parents can be tricky, and research tells us that reunification planning can be more difficult than with non-relative carers. Family of origin patterns of interaction, and longstanding issues around relationships and the meanings attributed to past events, can be complicated. Cultural and customary kinship roles add a further dimension. This workshop puts the spotlight on the particular issues which workers must address for kinship care to work well, and considers strategies to assist all parties to focus on the child’s needs irrespective of ‘family’ issues.

Who should attend?

Workers in any agency working with kinship carers to actively support their care of children and young people, government and community services, Indigenous and non-Indigenous licensed care services.

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Workshop Registration $330.00 (AUD)*  

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  • Family Ties
    October 7, 2021
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

NEW! Making the Invisible…Visible: Shining a light on child sexual abuse in family-based care

If you work in out-of-home care or statutory child protection, this is a workshop that you cannot afford to miss! The Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a significant process that led to the unearthing of key learnings about how to protect children from sexual abuse in institutions. The Commission established that the out-of-home care system is a high-risk Institution for child sexual abuse. To protect children in care from sexual abuse practitioners need to be knowledgeable about the dynamics of sexual offending as well as being able to assess the risks of sexual abuse across 4 key dimensions; and then implement safety strategies across the 4 domains of safety. The safety of children in out-of-home care is the responsibility of all professionals involved in a child’s life. Practitioners need to know what they are looking for and must have an openness to seeing it.

In this workshop you will learn about the dynamics of child sexual offending, the 3 typologies of offenders, the process of child grooming and the 4 dimensions of risk and safety in child sexual abuse in Institutions. Practitioners will walk away from this day feeling empowered about how to strengthen the safety of children in the out-of-home care context.

Who should attend: Foster and Kinship Care Support Workers, Out-of-home Care workers, Specialist OOHC workers, Residential Youth Workers, Statutory Child Protection Workers, Team Leaders and any professional connected to the Out-of-Home context.

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Workshop Registration $330.00 (AUD)*  

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  • September 9, 2021
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Working with Complexity – parents with mental health, substance use & family violence issues

Frontline workers confront increasingly complex family situations where the safety of children and young people is linked to serious and seemingly chronic parental issues. These issues can also complicate engagement, relationship-based practice, goal-setting and planning. This workshop considers practice skills in working with families to make a difference, when parental issues relate to the often concurrent issues of mental health, substance misuse and family violence. This workshop reflects upon frameworks for understanding parental functioning, including complexity and change theory, and considers how best to respond to the needs of children in these circumstances. Workshop content is evidence-based and focuses on decision making which balances safety with least intrusive intervention.

Who should attend?

Child protection workers in government and community agencies, including investigation and assessment, Family and Child Connect, Intensive Family Support, statutory intervention services, Family Wellbeing Services, foster and kinship care support services, Assessment and Service Connect practitioners and reunification services.

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Workshop Registration $330.00 (AUD)*  

* price includes taxes


  • Session 1
    August 5, 2021
    9:20 am - 1:00 pm
    - 3 hr online Zoom session
  • Session 2
    August 12, 2021
    9:20 am - 1:00 pm
    - 3 hr online Zoom session