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
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
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
- What do we know about children’s experience of domestic & family violence?
- VanGo: An innovative & mobile service for children affected by DFV
- Increasing intensive engagement & case management services for Aboriginal families
- Making space for children: collaborative practices in responding to children
- 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
Commission for Children & Young People, Victoria
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
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: 21 Jun 2017 By: Andrew KingMulti-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 …
Date: 30 Mar 2017 By: Sharell O'BrienWhat do you do when your organisation is at threat of losing funding and the service you provide is at the frontline of tackling domestic violence? The answer is you innovate, take risks and engage with the community in a way that not only responds to their needs, but also makes the community a part …
Date: 14 Dec 2016 By: Peter Miller, Professor of Violence Prevention & Addiction Studies, Deakin UniversityPeter Miller, Deakin University and Richelle Mayshak, Deakin University Domestic violence is a widely discussed issue in Australia. However, many narratives fail to acknowledge the impact of alcohol and illicit substances on the prevalence and severity of domestic violence. They also fail to adequately describe the complexity of violence that occurs within families. A new …
Date: 28 Nov 2016 By: Jane Bullen & Natasha Cortis Research Associates, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW AustraliaJane Bullen, UNSW Australia and Natasha Cortis, UNSW Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many domestic violence practitioners …
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