Children are too often the silent, unacknowledged victims of family and domestic violence. Exposure to violence can trigger ongoing fear, grief and self-blame, leave children at risk of intergenerational trauma and even lead to the development of coercive or abusive behaviours in the future. However, children can also be the key motivator for change and healing when working with perpetrators or victims - and their experiences and best interests need to play an integral role in improving services across the sector.
The 'Child Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence' conference brings together leading case-studies, practices and recommendations to improve child-centred, family-focused approaches to ending family violence.
This conference will focus on:
- Strengthening family-informed services for mothers
- Increasing accountability of perpetrators who are fathers
- New strategies for direct, therapeutic work with children
- Culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal families
- Working alongside adolescents who use violence in the home
- Boosting interagency collaboration & workforce capability
Who will attend? Federal and State Government Departments, NGOs & Service Providers with responsibilities for:
- Family & Domestic Violence
- Women’s Services
- Family Support Services
- Children & Child Protection
- Men’s Behavioural Change
- Family Law & Justice
If you are being affected or know someone who is being affected by family violence, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. Australian residents only.
Attend to learn:
- Ensure the needs, interests & voice of the child play a key role in work with victims & perpetrators
- Improve therapeutic, family-informed services for children & young people
- Boost interagency collaboration & workforce capability
- Multi-sensory approaches to boosting child visibility in work with men
- Leading collaborative, state-wide cultural change following the Bryce Report
- Playing Our Part: Developing a whole of community approach to prevention
- IN FOCUS: Understanding the dynamics of adolescents who use violence in the home
Parliament of Victoria
Jenny has been a Labor Party Member of the Victorian Parliament since 1999.
From 2007 until November 2010, Jenny was Parliamentary Secretary for Planning. From 2002 until 2007 she was Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.
Between December 2010 and November 2014, Jenny held a number of Shadow Ministerial portfolios, including Community Services, Youth Justice, Children, Young Adults and Seniors & Ageing.
Since the Australian Labor Party won office in Victoria in November 2014, Jenny has been the Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs.
Since that time, Jenny has been focused on ways of assisting vulnerable families and their children to engage with universal platforms such as health and early years education, with the goal of preventing the need for later-life interactions with tertiary services, such as child protection and youth justice.
In August 2015, Jenny announced the Roadmap for Reform Project – a project aimed at reforming the families and children’s services sector in Victoria so that resources are targeted on early intervention and issues are identified before families reach crisis point. For those children who cannot safely live with their parents, Jenny believes home-based care is the best option.
For children and young people who need to live in residential care, Jenny is working to ensure that system is of a high quality and underpinned by trauma-informed practice.
Jenny is acutely aware of the under-representation of Aboriginal children and families in early years services and their over-representation in child protection, out of home care and youth justice. Jenny and senior executives from her Department of Health and Human Services are working with Aboriginal community leaders to find policy and program solutions to address these issues.
In May 2017 Jenny released the Early Childhood Reform Plan which outlines the Victorian Government’s vision for the early years. This plan will deliver systemic change, targeted at supporting the children who need it most.
The plan includes a range of initiatives which aim to create a higher quality, more equitable and inclusive early childhood system, helping Victorian families get their kids ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for their lives ahead.
Jenny holds Arts and Law degrees from the University of Melbourne and previously practiced as a lawyer.
Jenny is passionate about social justice and ensuring all children have the opportunity to reach their potential.
Commission for Children and Young People
Liana Buchanan is the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People and a part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Liana has held a range of roles focused on oversight and system reform for people experiencing disadvantage –Director, Office of Correctional Services Review, Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres and roles in the Equal Opportunity Commission and Women’s Legal Service (S.A).
Deputy Chair of the Victims Survivors' Advisory Council
Kristy McKellar is renowned in the family violence sector, with an academic background ingrained in Social Science and Social Work. Kristy was named in the top 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 2016 Awards and the overall winner in the 2016 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards as the Agenda Setter of the Year. More recently Kristy was inducted into the 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Kristy is dedicated to improving the lives of others, she is the co-chair of the Victorian Royal Commission’s Victims Survivors’ Advisory Council and further is a founding member of the Victorian Royal Commission’s Social Services Taskforce with the Special Minister of State.
Kristy also works with the Male Champions of Change nationally, educating on family violence as a workplace responsibility as well as influencing and educating sporting codes and associations.
Department of Family & Community Services, NSW
Kate Alexander is the Executive Director, Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. The OSP was established three years ago to inspire, influence and review child protection practice. Kate is responsible for the OSP’s work in the review of child deaths, leading evidence based child protection approaches, and facilitating learning through conferences, publications and coaching strategies.
Kate has a Masters of Social Work (Family Therapy) and has worked in the fields of child protection and sexual assault services for more than 25 years in a variety of roles including therapeutic, casework and management. She has just been accepted to undertake a PhD at the University of Melbourne, focused on decision making in child protection.
In 2010 Kate was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the United Kingdom, Norway and America researching child protection systems with a focus on the skill set of the frontline work force. Kate’s research led to the development of the NSW Practice First Framework and the NSW Practice Standards.
What People Are Saying
“Fantastic conference, very well run by Criterion with a broad range of interesting and high level presenters. Would definitely attend again.”NZ Police
“I feel energized and motivated to continue work in the field – many thanks to the organizers, presenters and personnel involved for making this wonderful experience available.”Anglicare
“I would like to say thank you for giving me the valuable opportunity to participate in this conference, it was a great two days making new networks. It was very informative, well presented and enjoyable. Very well organised.”Staying Home Leaving Violence
“The energy created during this conference was inspiring and gave me a positive belief in how the sector can work together and what can be accomplished when the sector works in an integrated way.”Alexis Family Violence Worker, Good Shepherd ANZ
“Criterion got it right once again. Very engaging speakers, fantastic learning opportunities and great venue. A great conference experience, thank you”Coordinator Youth & Family Services, City of Canning
“Simply brilliant ….the sharing of knowledge and experience, diversity of people and perspectives, genuine connection building, and taking those gems of wisdom away to grow into larger Jewels.”Service Coordinator, UCC
“The energy created during this conference was inspiring and gave me a positive belief in how the sector can work together – and what can be accomplished when the sector works in an integrated way!”Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand & Attendee at Working with Men to Tackle Family Violence, 2017
Date: 27 Feb 2018 By: Ellen Foxall
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has shone a light on the systematic abuse of children, highlighting the importance of continuous review and improvement of child safe systems and culture. With over 400 recommendations made calling for sweeping reforms, the Commission has insisted that more needs to be done to ensure …
Working with adolescent boys who have witnessed domestic violence and are using violence against their mothersDate: 26 Jul 2017 By: Dave Burck
Research indicates that adolescents who use violence against their mothers are at higher risk to use violence in future relationships. Moreover, young people who have both witnessed domestic violence and are currently using violence towards their mothers are the highest risk to use violence as an adult. However, working with young people and mothers with …
Date: 5 Jul 2017 By: Lauren Perry
In Australia, 25% of all children have been exposed to domestic violence. That figure is horrifying, particularly when you start to understand the impacts on the children themselves and on our community as a whole. Exposure to violence can trigger ongoing fear, grief and self-blame. It can lead to detachment from others and disengagement from …
Date: 21 Jun 2017 By: Andrew King
Multi-sensory work involves talking to the eyes, not just the ears. Through using multisensory tools, the family violence worker increases the presence of the child without them being physically present. As the child’s focus is externalised, the worker and the father have a discussion that is often twice as long and twice as deep when …
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