- Leading cultural & organisational change
- Building workforce skills & capability
- Implementing trauma informed, therapeutic models of care
- Advancing children’s education, health & wellbeing
- Developing pathways & support for youth leaving care
- Out of Home Care
- Foster Care
- Kinship Care
- Residential Care
- Family & Child Support Services
- Youth & Justice
Free Pass Application
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Attend to learn:
- Lead organisational change & build workforce capability
- Implement evidence based & child-centred care model
- Measure outcomes & advance long-term wellbeing
- Improving communication & child outcomes through ‘ChildStory’
- The case for Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) with children in out of home care: an international perspective
- Deepening OzChild’s impact through the Treatment Foster Care Oregon Model
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Foster carers from Connecting Carers NSW will discuss their thoughts on:
Office of the Children's Guardian, NSW
Ms Kerryn Boland has been the NSW Children’s Guardian since 2005. As a lawyer with extensive experience in senior executive roles, including nine years with the former NSW Department of Community Services, Ms Boland has worked in the areas of human rights, industrial relations and regulatory reform.
The Office of the Children’s Guardian is an independent statutory authority that works to improve the protection of children in NSW by helping organisations, employers and individuals understand the meaning, importance and benefits of being child-safe. Its regulatory functions relate to statutory out-of-home care, voluntary out-of-home care, adoption services, the Working With Children Check and child safe organisations. It also regulates the employment of children under 15 years of age in the areas of entertainment, exhibition, still photography and door-to-door sales, and of children under 16 years of age with modelling.”
Joseph has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Queensland and has lectured at both the University of Queensland and Griffith University in the areas of research methods, statistics, social skills training and the theory and practice of photography. His research interests range from empirical aesthetics to his current concerns with child protection. Joseph authored the 2008 and 2009 CREATE Report Cards dealing with Transitioning from Care in Australia. He also has served as a consultant to the Queensland Department of Child Safety. He became a Director of CREATE in 2008.
With such a talent shortage in so many industries right now, effective recruitment has never been more of a challenge. At MARS Recruitment we run a MARS Social Care specialist division built up of industry professionals and experienced recruitment specialists. We are Recruitment Consultants and with that, we provide a consultative approach when assisting organisations around Australia, big and small, no matter what the location. Our mission is simple – to find the best solution for our client’s needs, each and every time. And our track record spanning almost 10 years backs this up.
What’s more, we can empathise. With the recruitment industry in Australia so candidate short, we know how to thrive in such market conditions; attracting, recruiting and retaining some of the best of the best in the industry. So we know what is required for the best outcomes for our clients.
Explore what MARS can do for you. Engage with us and we will gain an understanding of your business and help hiring managers through the potentially arduous process, freeing up time to concentrate on their main focus areas. When it comes to educating and supporting organisations we are able to save so many of our client’s time, money and the disappointment that the wrong recruitment solutions can bring.
What People Are Saying
“[The system] is failing to improve long-term outcomes for children… For decades we have seen the number of kids in OOHC get larger and the outcomes are not just a cause for concern but a cause for action.”November 2016
Date: 9 Feb 2017 By: Lauren PerryIn this day and age, how many 18 year old Australians are emotionally and financially capable of leaving their family home and finding affordable, safe accommodation whilst also trying to pursue full-time study or land a permanent job? I know I certainly wasn’t. Tasmania is Australia’s most recent state to release its official report into …
Date: 31 Jan 2017 By: Paul McDonaldAustralia is increasingly isolated amongst Western nations in abandoning out-of-home care support when young people in foster care, kinship care or residential care turn 18. Regardless of the young person’s current circumstance, the support they have received under Australian state care must end by their 18th birthday. This includes young people with a disability, those …
Date: 19 Jan 2017 By: Jessica FarrellyEvery Aboriginal child placed in out of home care in NSW last year is set to have their case reviewed. Over the past five years, there has been a 15% increase in the number of Indigenous children entering out of home care, compared to 3% for non-Indigenous children. Of the 20,000 children in care across …
Date: 7 Feb 2016 By: Matthew LathleanThe life of a child living in out-of- home care is often unpredictable and unstable. Good carers can be hard to find (not to mention retain) due to a lack of available funding and support. With over 45,000 children now living in out-of-home care in Australia, the need for a more sustainable and ‘simpler’ system …