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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Methamphetamine Training for Community Service Organisations The Centre and YSAS have collaborated to deliver the Victorian Government funded training for practitioners to increase knowledge and confidence in identifying, discussing and responding to methamphetamine (ice) use. Learning Outcomes · Understand the effects methamphetamine use can have on the brain, behaviour, psychological health, and in social contexts. · Understand patterns of use, including the binge-crash cycle and the recovery process · Understand what contributes to aggressive behaviour and methamphetamine-induced psychosis, and learn
The Centre’s Foster Care Network holds four forums each year. If you are currently working in an organisation that delivers foster care programs, a service that supports the delivery of foster care, such as therapeutic services, or an academic involved in foster care related research and interested in coming together with your peers and representatives from DHHS and the Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV), this network will give you the opportunity to: Come together and hear about what is
Working with the NDIS to support families at risk – training opportunities The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant change in how people with disability and service providers interact. Previously CFS practitioners could refer families to Disability Client Services within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other specialist community service organisations for a disability support response. With the transfer of responsibility for disability supports moving to the NDIS, all sectors including CFS will need to
The Centre’s Quality Learning Circle holds four forums each year. The Quality Learning Circle provides an opportunity for community service organisation staff involved in quality, compliance and business administration and representatives from DHHS to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector Engage in conversation with DHHS around quality and compliance Listen to presentations on a range of topics and contribute to discussion Network with colleagues Provide updates and share information arising from the DHHS
The Centre’s Rainbow Tick Network holds four forums each year. The group provides an opportunity for community service organisation staff involved in preparing for meeting the expectations of accreditation for Rainbow Tick organisations. Come together and share ideas and resources Engage in conversation around compliance and addressing culture change Network with colleagues for peer support Provide updates and continue to work toward embedding inclusivity policies and culture into mainstream service delivery Membership is open to those sector representatives engaged in
This training is only available to residential care workers in Victoria. A 1-day training workshop, providing trainees with the knowledge and skills required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This is Nationally Accredited training, for compliance requirements an email will be sent to all applicants
The Centre’s Kinship Services Network holds four forums each year. If you are currently working in an organisation that delivers kinship care programs, a service that supports the delivery of kinship care, such as therapeutic services, or an academic involved in kinship care related research and interested in coming together with your peers and representatives from DHHS and Kinship Care Victoria (KCV), this network will give you the opportunity to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a
SOLD OUT - please register your details on the WAIT LIST Shared Lives One Day Familiarisation Training The one day familiarisation training in the new Shared Lives Victoria is for those staff who have experience in training carers. Those who are inexperienced in training carers need to book into the three day training which will be offered at a later date. Shared Lives is a competency-based assessment package including tools and a clear framework for making assessments of
The Centre’s Child FIRST/IFS network is open to all organisations delivering related programs in Victoria and provides an opportunity to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector Share experiences, good practice and innovation in family services work Engage with DHHS Listen to presentations on a range of topics and contribute to discussion Network with colleagues Become involved in initiatives to advocate around family services This is a large and diverse network and we encourage
The Centre’s Leaving Care and Post Care Practitioners Network holds four forums each year. If you work with young people who are preparing to leave care or have left care, these forums offer you the opportunity to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector Share experiences, good practice and innovation to better support young people leaving care Listen to presentations on a range of topics and contribute to discussion Network with colleagues Places are
Working with Trauma Induced Shame: Supporting young people influenced by shame This workshop explores the issue of shame, frequently a product of the impact of trauma in working with adults including women who experience family violence and parents. It explores how shame manifests and how it negatively impacts on client engagement and achieving positive client outcomes. It explores strategies to support clients to identify and banish shame, which in turn leads to increased self efficacy, personal agency and responsibility. Learning
The aim of this workshop is to provide practitioners with an understanding of the principles and practices of Best Interests Case Practice Model and how this is embedded into their work context. This training provides information on how to embed a service system that supports clients to heal and recover at the same time as building the necessary scaffolding for the practitioner in order to prevent stress and vicarious trauma. Topics Systemic approach to case work Collaborative practice Trauma informed
Communicating Effectively and with Confidence If you want to learn how to speak confidently in any setting this course is for you. It will help you: learn how to capture the attention of the listener (or listeners) immediately how to simply and effectively convey what you want to say in a respectful way to use language in an engaging and interesting way; to use your voice in a confident and strong manner participate effectively in meetings and to make your
This one-day workshop aims to assist practitioners understand and explore theoretical frameworks and models that underpin complex case management and how to assess and engage individuals and families who are experiencing complex and multiple issues in their case planning and goal setting. This workshop will explore attachment theory, the effects of trauma and how this knowledge informs case management practice. This workshop will examine issues that impact on circumstances that can impede the change processes for individuals and families in
This training is only available for residential care workers in Victoria. This one day workshop is an introduction to working respectfully with Aboriginal children, young people, families and workers in the child and family welfare sector. Learning Outcomes Aboriginal History – life before and after colonisation Key effects of Stolen Generation and the continued effects- Grief loss and Trauma Aboriginal Culture The resilience and strength in Aboriginal Communities Aboriginal family roles and responsibilities Working respectfully with Aboriginal children, youth, families
Working with adolescents who use and abuse substances Understand the how best to support young people who use and abuse substances to effect change. Learning Outcomes Understand why young people use drugs Learn what drug young people are using, the context of use, and the effects Understand signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drugs use and conditions which may mask or mimic these How to open up an effective conversation about drug use Interventions with young people who
Mental Health Services for staff who may experience occupational violence in the workplace. This training is relevant to any residential care, case managers, or outreach workers in the Youth Welfare, Family Support, or Homelessness sectors; as well as private or public healthcare staff. The training is an interactive and strategy-rich training package relevant to participants’ workplaces and Occupational Violence & Aggression issues (OVA). Training content: legal principles mental health literacy predisposing
This Course is only available to Residential Care Workers in Victoria Tea and coffee facilities available and lunch provided. If you have any queries please contact 9614 1577 or email the training coordinator at email@example.com. Please note: Payment is required prior to the training date Registration: To ensure your spot in this session, please enrol above. Cancellation policy We will issue a full refund if we cancel the course or reschedule the course. Participants who withdraw more than 15 days before
The Centre’s Placement Prevention and Reunification Network holds four forums each year. If you work with children, young people and families where the focus is on preventing entry to out of home care or post care, these forums offer you the opportunity to: come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector share experiences, good practice and innovation to better support families listen to presentations on a range of topics and contribute to discussion discuss strategies
Aimed at those working within the child and family sector who in their role are required to write case notes and reports. The workshop is designed to assist participants in their role to document client work ensuring it is compliant, effective and relevant.
This session is an introduction to the Victorian Child Safe Standards. It will provide a general overview of the Child Safe Standards in Victoria. Recommended audience: new staff or volunteers/ new Board appointees or committees of management. No prior knowledge of the Child Safe Standards is presumed.
This one day interactive workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to provide basic effective counselling skills in a direct practice setting to better support children, young people and families. Learning Outcomes • Understand the theoretical approaches and model underpinning effective counselling • Demonstrate effective communication skills • Demonstrate effective general counselling and motivational interviewing skills • Understand the role of self-reflection in practice • Demonstrate understanding of working in the best interest of the client throughout
This one day course will assist staff in identifying mental health crisis situations and how to respond. Learning Outcomes Gain an understanding of major mental health illness groups Identify signs of mental illness Improved communication skills Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues Identify issues that impact people with mental illness Recognise the need for additional support and how to facilitate that This training is relevant to any residential care, case managers, or outreach workers in the Youth
Practitioners in the child and family welfare sector are at a higher risk for vicarious trauma, a cumulative process which can creep up, changing our attitudes, worldviews, and ultimately cutting short many promising careers. Some participants who have completed this workshop discovered they were actually more affected by their clients’ trauma than they had ever previously realised. Supporting clients, whether they are adults, adolescents or young children, can be taxing both physically and mentally. It is understandable that at times workers
This workshop is only available to residential care workers in Victoria. Aim of Training Occupational violence has increased over recent years with statistical evidence indicating that individuals working within the residential, welfare and home based care sectors are amongst those most likely to be subjected to potentially violent situations. The fundamental aim of the current program is to ensure safety – safety for all. Through your participation in this program, you will learn the necessary skills to engage a diverse
Aim of Training Occupational violence has increased over recent years with statistical evidence indicating that individuals working within the residential, welfare and home based care sectors are amongst those most likely to be subjected to potentially violent situations. The fundamental aim of the current program is to ensure safety – safety for all. Through your participation in this program, you will learn the necessary skills to engage a diverse range of individuals in addition to the key micro-skills that underpin
Studies show that up to 7% of people think about suicide every year. If you are working with vulnerable people this number is likely to be much higher. Do you feel confident that you could identify the warning signs, or intervene effectively?
Aim of Training:
This session helps adults to understand the behaviours of concern that are often shown by young people, and is an evidence-based approach to supporting young people to manage these behaviours, focusing on challenging behaviours that can impact a young person's communication and learning needs This session will be relevant for parents, grandparents, foster or kinship carers, teachers and staff supporting or caring for young people in the community Areas covered The links between stress and mental illness Symptoms of depression
Leadership and Supervision Skills for New Managers This full day workshop focuses on some of the most challenging problems that confront new managers in the sector. Often the transition from staff to management brings unexpected challenges. The one-day workshop is designed to provide practical tools that can be used to support participants in their leadership and supervisory role. Participants will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding around the key areas of supervision and managing the supervisory relationship. How do
This workshop explores the issue of adolescent family violence and concurrent adolescent/parent work and parent only work. It explores similarities and differences to adult family violence and how these differences influence practice. It explores the tension between family safety and taking steps to effect change through utilising motivational interviewing, family systems approaches, nonviolent resistance and restorative practice. Learning Outcomes Gain clarity about the difference between working with adolescent family violence, adult family violence and adolescents t intimate partner
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing One of the biggest challenges faced by workers in our sector is helping people change deep patterns of behaviour which increase their risks of harm. This workshop offers a goal-directed, practical approach to counselling and working with clients who have identified a need for change, but are unable to begin the process. Motivational interviewing is one of the most advanced techniques to help clients work through the feelings which block their ability to make changes in
This one-day workshop is for anyone who may have potentially difficult conversations with children and young people. This could include: case managers, team leaders or direct care staff working with children, young people and families; carers and workers in foster care or staff in residential care. The difficult conversations may be about: helping the child or young person managing their own difficult feelings; engaging and motivating a young person; responding effectively to the difficult behaviour of a child or young
This course provides an essential introduction to Looking after Children (LAC) for all out of home care (OOHC) workers- what it is, how to fill reports-and most importantly, why it is important! This blended delivery model requires up to two hours of online work to be completed prior to the face to face modules. Learning Outcomes Gain an understanding of the history of LAC, including the needs it was designed to meet Become familiar with the various LAC reports and
Participants will be given an understanding of defusing (psychological first aid) and debriefing (CISM) along with follow up support and supporters’ self-care. Learning Outcomes: Following this workshop, participants should have: Understanding of stress and anxiety Recognise the effects of trauma Knowledge of workplace procedures around incident response Understand Rob Gordon’s model of psychological first aid Create safety after critical incident Support staff after a critical incident Emotional debrief in the days after a critical incident Set up the CISM
In this full day workshop, participants will: Learn evidence-based techniques for dealing with disruptive behaviours Learn evidence-based techniques for dealing with self-harming behaviours Understand the causes and nature of eating disorders Learn evidence-based techniques for dealing with depression and anxiety Learn about the 11 types of personality disorders which can present in young people Coffee/tea facilities available and lunch provided. If you have any queries please contact 9614 1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: Payment is required prior to the
INCORPORATING PRACTICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND TANGIBLE PRACTICE STRATEGIES, THIS TRAINING AIMS TO ASSIST IN BUILDING CONFIDENCE AND CAPACITY FOR SUPPORTING YOUNG WOMEN. This 1-day training will introduce the theories and frameworks to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities, risks and strengths of working with young women who experience substance use issues and intimate partner violence. SESSION GOALS Understand the nature and construct of power and control in abusive relationships Understand young women’s experiences of adolescent development and the unique
This one-day workshop aims to provide a theoretical foundation of knowledge & skills within a casework approach when working with vulnerable families. It covers theoretical frameworks in family work, provides practical guidance and skills on how to establish effective working relationships, engage and support active family participation in case planning and goal setting including working collaboratively to achieve positive meaningful change. Topics Theoretical frameworks General systems theory Social learning theory Attachment theory Ecological systems theory Practical models Trauma informed care
This course is a comprehensive program aimed at educating people to recognise and manage mental health crises. Designed and developed under the auspices of Orygen Research and the University of Melbourne, this workshop is widely recognised as the Mental Health First Aid course.
This course will: