Workshops not currently scheduled but available for delivery on request
Playing It Safe – child safety risk management for educators (two hours)
Every school and childcare service has a duty of care and legal obligations around ensuring the safety of children and young people from abuse. The educators and others involved will be aware of the child protection policy – but is this enough? It needs to be acknowledged that sexual abuse and other harm can and does occur in school and childcare settings. And then there is the responsibility of being alert to the needs of children and young people who may be at risk at home. This short workshop goes beyond the basics and assists your key people – teachers, group leaders, in-home educators – to not only recognise child protection issues, but also to respond appropriately to the children and young people relying upon their vigilance.
Who should attend? This workshop is aimed at schools and childcare services, of all types and across the P-12 spectrum. Contact us to arrange a suitable time for us to come to you, including evenings.
Building the Picture for educators – identifying and responding to harm and sexual behaviour (half-day)
This half-day workshop equips educators with knowledge and skills to meet mandatory training requirements for identifying and responding to harm. It considers concepts of abuse/neglect and likely harm to children, within the context of legal requirements and duty of care. It explores children’s sexual development and distinguishes between normal and problem sexual behaviour, providing a framework that guides educators in responding to all types of sexual behaviour including problematic behaviour. There is opportunity for participants to discuss behaviour and concerns encountered in work settings so that they leave the workshop with more confidence and potential solutions.
Who should attend? Child care educators, child care directors, family day care educators, outside school hours (OSHC) educators and directors.
Child Sexual Abuse – dilemmas and decisions
Judgments about the safety needs of children in families where sexual abuse is alleged, or has occurred outside the family, can be extraordinarily difficult to make. This one-day workshop considers the many factors to be assessed in arriving at a defensible decision, within a framework which integrates both knowledge of the dynamics of families affected by sexual abuse and the sometimes conflicting needs of children and young people.
Who should attend? Child protection workers in government and community agencies, including investigation and assessment, intensive family support, statutory intervention services, alternative care and reunification services.
Weaving the Tapestry – applying relationship based parenting approaches in family support
Parenting approaches have changed significantly with the emergence of attachment theory and neuroscience based understandings. How do we use this advanced knowledge in practical everyday parenting? This workshop takes you on a journey of discovery towards applying attachment principles in the daily parenting of children and invites you to consider how you use this knowledge in your family support work. You’ll have an opportunity to understand Circle of Security™ concepts and how to talk about these with families you support. Parenting approaches that strive to control behaviour do not respond to children’s underlying needs and feelings. Relationship based approaches such as Circle of Security™ allow parents to see behaviour as a form of communication. This workshop will give you an overview of these approaches so that you in turn can support the parents you work with.
Who will benefit? Family support workers, foster care support workers, family intervention workers, child safety staff, child care workers, anyone who provides skills-development and support to the families or carers of young children.
For The Record – effective report-writing for child and youth work (half day)
Report writing ranges from assessment reports, internal accounting for actions taken (such as incident reports), summaries of work done with a family or young person(progress reports and final reports), advocacy and referral reports and court reports (including affidavits). All family and youth workers will at some time have to produce a well-argued report that gets your message across, either presenting a case on behalf of the client or presenting a well-articulated set of conclusions and recommendations. This workshop takes a highly practical approach to examining the structure and elements of any good report.
Who should attend? Government and community agency workers, family support workers, youth workers, alternative care workers, intervention service workers.