Children are not always seen or heard when it comes to family violence but they are always impacted by it. Exposure to family violence often poses serious and long-term effects on the physical, emotional and developmental needs of the child.
The 2nd Child Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence Conference will unpack new developments in family violence policy and reforms, case-studies and practical strategies to improve early-intervention outcomes for vulnerable children. This conference will look at how to put children’s rights, voices and needs at the centre of child protection and family violence services and programs.
This conference will focus on
- Listening to the voice of the child & integrating it into practice
- Key family violence reforms affecting children & young people
- Building the capacity & responsiveness of services to the needs of the child
- Research & therapeutic responses for working with infants
- Working with fathers who use violence
- Strengthening culturally appropriate responses for Aboriginal children
Federal and state government representatives, 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:
- Embed the voice of the child at the centre of service design & delivery
- Improve early intervention & trauma informed responses
- Strengthen interagency partnerships & coordination
- IN FOCUS: THE VOICE OF THE CHILD: Through a child’s eyes: Building capacity & responsiveness to the needs of the child
- Young People Challenging the Family Violence Narrative: it’s not so simple
- Learning from the experience of a young person
- Invisible Practices: working with fathers who use violence through focusing on women, children & collaborations
Family Violence Campaigner & 2015 Australian of the Year
Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence and had intervention and custody orders in place, in an effort to protect herself and her son.
Rosie became an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, which led her to be named Australian of the Year in January 2015. Since then, Rosie has made the most of her position of influence, campaigning and advocating for necessary systemic and attitudinal change, to address the family violence epidemic.
Before her recent shift to focus on less public-facing advocacy work, Rosie ran the Never Alone campaign. Never Alone led the push for a national change in conversation around family violence to put victims at the centre of all decisions. The campaign also helped deliver several key policy changes around family law issues and respectful relationships education.
Rosie is now The Chair of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council for the Victorian Government, which is in response to the country’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Fortune Magazine named Rosie as one of its top 50 world’s greatest leaders and Rosie was voted the most influential person in the Not for Profit sector on Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 list. She has also been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
More recently Rosie received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast for her contribution to raising national awareness and action concerning Family Violence.
She is also an Ambassador for Our Watch and the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Patron of Doncare Community Services and a recipient of The Pride of Australia National Courage Medal.
Centre for Response-Based Practice, Canada
Allan Wade Ph.D is an internationally recognized expert on interpersonal violence, microanalysis of social interaction, and the connection between violence and language. Dr Wade works as a family therapist and psychologist with a primary interest in addressing violence and promoting socially just forensic and social services work.
Dr Wade and his colleagues at the Centre for Response-Based Practice conduct original research and analysis on social responses by state institutions, such as courts, specialized panels, police, child protection authorities, and others. They also provide direct services to individuals and families where violence is at issue.
Department of Health and Human Services VIC
Christina Asquini is the Deputy Secretary, Children, Families, Disability and Operations Division in the Department of Health and Human Services. The division is responsible for the delivery of services and improved client outcomes across the department’s four operational divisions. The division oversees the translation of policy into service delivery to enable healthy, safe and strong communities addressing the needs of Victorians across health and human services.
Ms Asquini has a long and distinguished career in the public service, commencing as a child protection practitioner. She has held a range of senior operation and policy reform roles in child and family services, and disability services.
Department of Family and 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
“The Conference was inspiring from beginning to end. I have never been in a room with so many motivational, intelligent, welcoming people. Learnt so much”Case Manager, Tumut Regional Family Service, 2017 Child-Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence conference attendee.
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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