Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
_h_Our vision, values and purpose_hh_
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.
The Centre's annual and financial reports, Reconciliation Action Plan, and other important publications.
Employment opportunities with The Centre.
Find out about our events, including the Debutante Ball.
Deb advocates to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the areas of child safety, education and health.
_h_Nationally Recognised Training_hh_
CFECFW provides nationally recognized training to organizations and individuals with the community services sector.
RCLDS provides training and learning opportunities for residential care workers across Victoria.
Online courses for residential care workers in Victoria.
_h_Funded Training Options_hh_
Government funded training for child and family services workers.
Tailor our training for your organisation.
Driving development of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system.
_h_Sector Development Forums_hh_
Free forums convened by The Centre for professional workers, aiming to provide a space for discussion and progression within the sector.
The Centre's submissions to the state government, Royal Commissions, and government bodies.
The Centre conducts research across the children and family services sector.
_h_Treating Families Fairly_hh_
Advocacy for vulnerable families in Victoria.
_h_Child Safe Organisation_hh_
Information on new Child Safe Standards legislation, relevant training, and helpful resources.
The Raising Expectations project aims to help young and mature care leavers access higher education.
Information on mandatory Certificate IV training for residential care workers in Victoria.
A sector-led project focused on foster care recruitment.
CFECFW is coordinating the development of an Industry Plan
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As many of you will be aware the Victorian Government has announced that it will opt in to the Commonwealth Redress Scheme. However, to date, greater details of the proposed scheme and how it will operate in practice have not been provided. The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has invited Kylie Kilgour, Deputy Secretary, Department of Justice and Regulation, to speak to our members about the proposed scheme. She has invited representatives from the Commonwealth to also
An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Monday, repeating until Monday May 14, 2018
This training is for residential care workers in Victoria only. Recovery from Critical Incidents & Trauma Training in skills & techniques for intervention for Managers and Supervisors in Residential Care Aim of training This 5-day course prepares experienced human service professionals to understand the effects of trauma and critical incident stress on staff in high stress human service work environments and their clients. It teaches theory and skills for participants to safely conduct defusing and debriefing sessions with staff following critical incidents, understand
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 happening in a constantly changing sector Share experiences, good practice
This training is for Residential care supervisors in Victoria. This targeted training is aimed at giving new and existing Residential care supervisors the essential frameworks and tools to supervise their staff. The course will give an insight into relevant leadership styles, functions of supervision and an understanding of worker motivation. Who should attend If you are a supervisor or acting supervisor but have not had any supervision training, or if you want to refresh your skills, this training is for
This one day workshop provides practical tools for workers who work in supervisory roles. Participants will learn to manage supervisory relationships and explore effective communication styles, coaching and mentoring skills, goal setting, and effective feedback models. This workshop explores the use of Clinical Education frameworks and models. Learning Outcomes • Understand the core competencies necessary for effective supervision • Learn to develop, implement and review a supervision session • Understand how to adapt your communication style to different staff in
Join us for a two and a half hour briefing on NDIS. Our expert trainers will provide a briefing on updates and services and answer questions. If you would like further information on navigating this system and receiving support, come along! We will open this discuss up for networking and sharing your NDIS experience. We hope to see you there!
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 Quality Reference Group Engage in strategic discussion around the role
DHHS Funded-Forming evidence based outcomes in investigations (out of home care context) Prompt start at 9:30 am and finishes by 4:30 pm For service providers interested in gaining more information on investigations and adequately reporting for the new CIMS system Purpose: To train service provider staff in the analysing and assessment in an Out of Home Care context within an investigative framework to determine evidence based outcomes. This training is aimed at; program managers, team leaders, and child protection workers. This
Interviewing skills and documentation when addressing Quality of Care concerns Prompt start at 9:30 am and finishes by 4:30 pm For anyone interested in learning more about documenting and interviewing This one day workshop is for any worker who may be involved in addressing or investigating quality of care concerns when a child or young person is in care. It will provide you with an understanding of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) process for addressing Quality of Care concerns
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 constantly changing sector Share experiences, good practice and innovation in
This training is only available for residential care workers in Victoria. The Advanced Mental Health training has been developed for Residential Care workers who have completed the RCLDS Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) workshop. The session has been specifically designed from the feedback received from previous sessions. Advanced Mental Health Training is for those who wish to gain greater insight into personality disorders and self-harm. Learning outcomes The course provides participants with skills and knowledge to: help clients
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 for reform, change and advocacy network with colleagues Programs currently represented in
The Centre’s Leaving Care and Post Care Practitioner Network holds four forums each year. In 2018 they will be on: Thursday 1st March 10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 29th May 10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 28th August 10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 27th November 10.30am – 1.30pm 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
This workshop is a one day introduction to Positive Behaviour Support with a strong focus on working with clients with a disability. Participants will gain a greater understanding of behaviours of concern and how they can be assessed. It will include a practical run through of assessment models and exploring interactive assessment scenarios. Learning Outcomes • Identify and assess behaviours of concern and challenging behaviours in a client • Understand contributing background factors to behaviours of concern • Conduct a
DHHS Funded-Forming evidence based outcomes in CIMS investigations (out of home care context) Prompt start at 9:30 am and finishes by 4:30 pm For service providers interested in gaining more information on investigations and adequately reporting for the new CIMS system Purpose: To train service provider staff in the analysing and assessment in an Out of Home Care context within an investigative framework to determine evidence based outcomes. This training is aimed at; program managers, team leaders, and child protection workers.
2018 will be a year of significant change, innovation and reform within Child FIRST and Family Services programs and the sector as a whole. With change comes opportunity and one of the best ways to provide support during a time of change is through connection and collaboration. The Centre’s Child FIRST / IFS network is open to all organisations delivering related programs and provides an opportunity to: Come together and hear about what is happening in a constantly changing sector
This three hour workshop assists participants to understand why Program Logic is a helpful tool in developing and evaluating projects/programs, how to understand the interrelated components of Program Logic and how to apply it in the evaluation of programs. Learning Outcomes • Understand the methodology that underpins Program Logic • Understand the core components of Program Logic and how they interrelate • Understand why Program Logic is an important tool in developing, monitoring and evaluating projects/programs • Support participants to
This training is only available to residential care workers in Victoria. Aim of Training This session has been developed by MOAT: Mental Health Services in association with RCLDS, to equip staff in assessing and improving their own self-care strategies. Participants will be provided with practical self-care advice and support in developing a 12-month self-care plan. Learning outcomes Following this session, participants will be able to: Discuss the prevalence rated of mental illness Outline the link between stress levels, vicarious trauma
Delivered by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, this introductory course is for workers with no specific family violence work experience. It covers the effects of family violence on adults and children, and provides an overview of legal responses, resources and referrals. The program explores ways of asking about violence and responding to disclosures and includes a component on risk assessment and safety planning based on the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF). Please note that this training also includes material
You are invited to attend an DHHS and Out of Home Care Sector Forum at the Centre on the 6th of July between 3.00 – 5.00. Items for discussion will include: Key performance issues Expectations and accountabilities in ensuring safety and quality of care for children and young people in out of home care The meeting will be co-chaired by Allan Hall & Chris Asquini and will be attended by DHHS Dep Secs etc.
2018 will be a year of significant change, innovation and reform within Child FIRST and Family Services programs and the sector as a whole. With change comes opportunity and one of the best ways to receive and provide support during a time of change is through connection and collaboration. 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