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Working with Adolescents at risk of Sexual Exploitation
Children and young people in all living placement types may be at risk of being sexually exploited, however young people living in residential care are particularly vulnerable. It is vital that those who work with this vulnerable population in residential care settings have a strong knowledge of the dynamics of sexual exploitation and gain awareness of police disruption strategies to effectively target and manage child sexual exploitation.
An important joint training opportunity
This training will be delivered by the Office of Professional Practice, DHHS, in conjunction with the Victoria Police. It is an opportunity for residential workers and supervisors, CSO staff, DHHS and Police to learn and work together to best address this important issue.
This training will be delivered in rural and metropolitan areas for each division, which will allow local-area networking to occur. Therefore, staff are encouraged to book in for local area training sessions.
Aim of training
During this training you will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas:
In addition to the above, this training will also look at the current interagency responses to sexual exploitation, and discuss innovative practices being employed to disrupt sexual exploitation.
Current international best practice and innovations are also considered.
The training aims to be presented within an interactive framework. Audience participation is both encouraged and welcomed.
Who should attend:
Peter Toohey , Principal Practice Advisor , Office of Professional Practice, DHHS
With over 19 years of experience in operational child protection, Peter works extensively with the department and Victoria Police to ensure collaborative, proactive and best practice methods are implemented to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. He has a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Social Work.
Perri Castleton, Practice Leader Sexual Exploitation, East Division, DHHS.
Perri is the Sexual Exploitation Practice Leader in the South Division. Prior to this role, Perri worked in a co-allocated role with the Victorian police, Sexual Crimes Squad Operation Ciderhouse, who were investigating organised networked sexual exploitation in the South Division. Perri has worked in child protection and also in Intensive Case Management of High Risk adolescents. Perri has both a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Behavioural Studies and Criminology.
Jenna Toms, Practice Leader Sexual Exploitation North Division, DHHS
Jenna is the Practice Leader Sexual Exploitation for the North Division Child Protection. In 2013, Jenna commenced working for DHHS in the Case Contracting Team, working with community service agencies who case managed high risk youths. Prior to this role Jenna worked as a Child Protection Practitioner in New Zealand and the UK for the past 10 years. Jenna has a Bachelor of Social and Community Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Clare McCrumlish, A/Practice Leader Sexual Exploitation West Metro Division, DHHS
Clare is the Acting Practice Leader Sexual Exploitation for the West Metro Division Child Protection. In 2010, Clare commenced working for DHHS in the Case Management Team. Prior to this role Clare worked as a Community Youth Leader in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the past 8 year which involved driving peace and reconciliation projects for young people. Clare has had experiences working in South Africa and across the U.K. with young people. Clare has a Bachelor of Community development and Youth Work.
Nathan Sherlock, A/ Sexual Exploitation Practice Leader, West Division (Rural), DHHS – Child Protection.
Nathan is the Sexual Exploitation Practice Leader in the West Division, rural area. Nathan commenced working for the Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protection in 2010, initially working within the South Division, before relocating to the West Division in 2015. Nathan has held positions within; high-risk adolescent teams, sexual abuse investigation teams/ multi-disciplinary centre, response and long term case management teams as well as a postilion in the community sector focused on improving outcomes for young people in residential care. Nathan has a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work.
Olivia Barba, Practice Leader Sexual Exploitation, East Division, DHHS.
Olivia has worked directly with high risk youth for 18 years. Since 2011 she has worked in both the South and East Divisions, including the Adolescent Protective Team, Case Management, Streetwork Outreach Service, Central After Hours Bail Placement Service and Contracted Case Management. Olivia has been the Practice Leader Sexual Exploitation East Division since 2015. Prior to working at DHHS, Olivia worked at Berry Street for 10 years, across the South and North Division in ICMS, Adolescent Support Program, Home-Based Care, Lead Tenant, Bushfire recovery and Residential Services. Olivia has an Advanced Diploma in. Justice & Diploma in Community Welfare.
Boris Buick, Detective Senior Sergeant, Victoria Police Crime Command – Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team.
Boris has worked at the Homicide Squad, Purana Taskforce, Driver Taskforce and Cold Case & Missing Persons Squad. In 2016 he was seconded to the Family Violence Command’s Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Team to work on the Child Sexual Exploitation Enhanced Response Project. Boris has Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and Law and a Masters Degree in Politics.
Laura Meese, Senior Policy Advisor, Victoria Police, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigations Team.
Laura manages the Child Sexual Exploitation Enhanced Response Model for the Family Violence Command, Victoria Police, amongst other projects that address police interaction with vulnerable children and young people. Prior to joining Victoria Police Laura worked with the Department of Health and Human Services in various areas including the Office of Professional Practice, Child Protection, Streetwork Outreach Service and Central After Hours Bail Placement Service. Laura has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Social Policy.