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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“Don’t try and get people to your project. Go to the people and see what is important to them, and form a project around it”
OPEN in conjunction with L.E.A.D* are excited to offer this Half Day Workshop led by Penny Hagen, Co-design Lead, Auckland Co-design Lab and Angie Tangaere from The Southern Initiative.
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 and Angie urge us to ask: how can we be helpful, how do we make sure knowledge transfer both ways? How do we recognise the knowledge of local communities and engage more effectively with complexity of social systems?
Both the Auckland Co-design Lab and The Southern Initiative work to help identify, demonstrate and enable more participatory, place-based, developmental and complexity-informed approaches to service and policy practice.
This hands on session will share emerging insights from their work with families, government and systems partners to enable well-being outcomes that matter to families.
Specifically this session will share early steps and learning on:
# Experimentation in complexity: enabling place-based, culturally grounded innovation and evaluation practices
# Evidence for innovation: practice-based evidence and prototyping in complex and sensitive settings
# What is means to be ‘Enabling government’ and the role of local government as a social innovation partner
Dr. Penny Hagen: Co-Design Lead Auckland Co-design Lab
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.
Angie Tangaere: Social Intrapreneur, The Southern Initiative (TSI), Auckland Council
Angie was born in Papakura and raised in South Auckland with a whakapapa to Ngāti Porou on her father’s side and Pākeha from Taranaki on her mother’s side. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Auckland and then followed her heart for community, taking up a role at Te Puni Kokiri, The Ministry of Māori Development working with iwi and Māori trusts in South Auckland. She has worked with the Ministry of Social Development and Māori health NGO, the National Hauora coalition looking for ways to develop better services and engagement with communities and whānau (families).
As a social intrapreneur at TSI Angie now combines her experience with government agencies, community and whānau to develop and co-design whānau-led programmes, disrupting ineffective ‘business as usual’ systems. Angie co-leads the Tamariki (Child) Wellbeing initiatives at TSI, prototyping and experimenting with approaches that bring together neuroscience in early child development and toxic stress, co-design and indigenous knowledge. Central to this is TSI’s whānau-centred co-design practice developed by Angie: a culturally grounded values-based approach, underpinned by kaupapa Māori research principles. Families lead the co-design process, developing insights and prototypes in response to the issues they identify as important. The approach disrupts traditional service-led, expertise-led responses to social challenges, resulting in new capability and capacity and alternative community-led models.
*Learning. Evidence.Adaptability. Dynamic (L.E.A.D): The future of leadership in child,youth and family services.