Boosting whole of sector responses to support the best interests of the child
Conference Date
12th & 13th September 2018
Ibis Melbourne
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Recognising children as primary victims of family violence

“…There was a lack of dedicated specialist services addressing the needs of children, contributing to a systemic failure to recognise children as victims in their own right”- Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People, Liana Buchanan

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

Who will attend?

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