Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
Leadership and advocacy in child, youth and family services.
Our Board members are highly respected leaders and experts in the child and family services sector.
Employment opportunities with The Centre.
Deb Tsorbaris, CEO of the Centre, advocates to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the areas of child safety, education and health.
The Centre's annual and financial reports, Reconciliation Action Plan, and other important publications.
Find out about our events, including the Debutante Ball.
To support the child and family services sector to meet the demands of a dynamic and complex environment and the needs of families experiencing vulnerability, the Centre has worked in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop a workforce capability framework.
Overview of our Learning and Development Services
The Centre provides nationally recognised training to organisations and individuals working in child and family services.
Providing professional development and training opportunities for the child and family services sector.
Offering free training and professional development to residential care workers in Victoria
The Centre provides online training and courses for the child and family services sector.
Training and information to make your workplace child safe in Victoria
Training and Assessment Packages for Foster Care Agency Workers
Driving development of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system.
Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme, The Family Violence Information Sharing (FVIS) Scheme And The MARAM Framework
Learning System Grant applications are open to service providers until 13 June 2019.
The Centre's submissions to the state government, Royal Commissions, and government bodies.
Free forums convened by The Centre for professional workers, aiming to provide a space for discussion and progression within the sector.
Advocacy for vulnerable families in Victoria.
The Raising Expectations project aims to help young and mature care leavers access higher education.
A sector-led project focused on foster care recruitment.
Working alongside young people to provide best practice advice and encourage ethical participation.
Resources And Supports To Help You Navigate The NDIS
Information for employers and employees in residential care on workplace safety.
Working with service providers to build evidence on what works
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OPEN is excited to offer this One Day Workshop led by Dr Penny Hagen, Co-Design Lead, Auckland Co-design Lab.
The Auckland Lab’s approach to co-design is gentle, respectful, and successfully brings less privileged perspectives to the surface in complex conversations. They are adept at facilitating a culture of constant design, implementation and evaluation. For Penny, practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice are “two hands talking to one another”.
Co-design talks about privilege and power. The approach flips where the expertise lies; as social innovation agents we need to be ‘in service’ of the change that our families want. We need to do this without further colonising, to do this as a guest, and with constant critical self-reflection. Penny urges us to ask: how can we be helpful, how do we make sure knowledge transfer both ways?
Co-design is not neutral: it is strongly focused on changing the status quo. It is based in evidence that supports that this approach has better impact on outcomes. It has a strengths based approach, it takes the best of the dominant paradigm and demands balance by seeking a greater input from the non-dominant paradigms.
In this one day workshop Penny will share practice and learning by:
* Unpacking real world examples of government and community teams working alongside families and communities in complex and sensitive settings
* Identifying key principles, practices and preparation needed to support these approaches and how this might apply in your context
* Working through a design capability framework to help map readiness and focus areas for your team across both capabilities and conditions
The workshop will be a space for robust discussion and engagement with change practice, while also offering practical start points and tools that you can take away and apply with your teams.
Dr Penny Hagen:
Penny assists organisations and teams to apply participatory and developmental approaches to the design and implementation of strategy, programs, policies and services with a social outcomes focus. Penny’s work sits at the intersection of design, wellbeing, and systems change. She has worked across Australia and New Zealand supporting public, community and social sector teams working on complex and social health and social issues and responses with their communities. She is currently Co-design Lead at the Auckland Co-design Lab, helping to build co-design and social innovation capacity across the public service. Penny co-leads on the Labs work streams relating to: co-design ethics, policy by design, experimentation in complexity and place-based design and evaluative practice.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day.