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Voices for Change: Evidence and Innovation in Supporting Children Experiencing Family Violence

Thursday June 27, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Centre, in partnership with No to Violence, Safe and Equal, and Sexual Assault Services Victoria, is working to support better outcomes for family violence and sexual violence service users and family service providers. This project will strengthen practice, identify data gaps and build an evidence base in this sector. As part of the collaboration project, OPEN will be facilitating a series of online events.

The first event of the series will feature two presentations and provide evidence from children and young people who have experiences of the family violence service system. Additionally, this event will launch a resource designed to empower family violence professionals in the child and family services sector.

The session will include:

  • Presentation on the Children’s Voice for Change research project – Dr Georginia Dimopoulos, Senior Lecturer, Law, Southern Cross University will discuss key findings and insights exploring children’s experiences of family violence services and key areas for improvement, followed by a Panel discussion with the young people who participated as co-researchers and lived experience experts in this project
  • Launch of the Good Practice case studies designed to support family violence professionals in the child and family services sector in their implementation of the MARAM Framework, followed by a practice focussed Q&A with Stephanie O’Mally, Family Services Practitioner at Upper Murray Family Care who will provide on the ground perspective on why MARAM is important in supporting children with an experience of family violence.

This OPEN event will be valuable to those working in the family violence and sexual violence services area as well as policy makers and researchers.

Register today!


Thursday June 27
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Child and Family Services, Managers, Frontline Staff, Supervisors, CEO's, Executives, Directors, All Service Providers
Facilitator Bio
Dr Georgina Dimopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Law and a Research Associate of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University. She researches across the areas of family law, children’s rights and family violence, with a focus on strengthening children’s meaningful, safe participation in decision-making processes. Her first book, Decisional Privacy and the Rights of the Child (Routledge, 2022), presents a new model for enabling and listening to children’s voices in decision-making. Emma Nugent, Project Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, is focused on building sector capacity around MARAM and the Information Sharing Schemes for the Child and Family Services sector. She also supports the Adolescents & Young Persons Using Violence in the Home (AVITH) Practice Leadership Project. Through these roles, Emma seeks to help ensure research and data is accessible and that service agencies have the space and capacity to build the evidence base together. Emma holds degrees in political science and social policy. She has a strong interest in the rights of children and young people, and ensuring access to services and supports is equitable for all.
1.5 Hrs

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