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_
The Centre provides nationally recognised training to organisations and individuals in child and family services.
RCLDS provides training and learning opportunities for residential care workers across Victoria.
Online courses for residential care workers in Victoria.
Tailor our training for your organisation.
_h_Child Safe Organisation_hh_
Information on new Child Safe Standards legislation, relevant training, and helpful resources.
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.
_h_Treating Families Fairly_hh_
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.
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This will be a facilitated workshop to encourage staff to identify possible risks in their work environments, and to develop strategies to reduce/ remove and mitigate against these risks. Recommended audience: quality and compliance staff, Human Resource staff, team leaders, managers, Board members. Working knowledge of Victoria’s Child Safe Standards is assumed.
Practical skills to help young people and families get the best from the NDIS Melbourne CBD: April 4 2019 This training is aimed at practitioners working with families and young people who participate in the NDIS. The workshop will provide an overview of the NDIS, explain the NDIS intake and referral processes, and the decision-making logic behind NDIS support plans and funding. It will give a practical understanding of the key NDIS documents, the various forms of supporting evidence that
Please note that Nationally Recognised Training units are subject to admission requirements, and our Compliance Officer will be in touch after you register. Aim of training This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects. This unit applies to individuals who play
This is a half day (3 hours) accredited training covering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for skills and knowledge meeting the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines.
This two hour Reportable Conduct Scheme information session is targeted at all staff, volunteers, management of phase 3 organisations. It will include information on: Background of the Scheme Key elements of the Scheme The Child Safe Standards Reporting obligations and responsibilities of Heads of Organisations. Criminal Offences Reporting Obligations Duty of Care The session will include opportunities to work through case examples drawn from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Recommended audience: New quality and compliance
This one-day workshop aims to provide a theoretical foundation of knowledge & skills in family systems therapy & family structure to understand how the dynamics within these systems interact and influence each other. It covers the theoretical frameworks that encompass a family unit, the dynamics, structures, composition, communication, scripted roles, culture, values & beliefs that dissipate, hinder or bind the family system together. Topics Theoretical frameworks Structural Family therapy General systems theory Social learning theory Attachment theory Ecological systems theory
If you are not a member of the Centre, click through to our member page to find out how you or your organisation can sign up. Target audience The Diploma of Leadership and Management is for individuals who are already in leadership and management roles in the child, youth and families sector, and for individuals who are working towards a leadership position. The Centre offers this diploma to develop and hone management skills for individuals within the context of
This training is free to residential care workers in Victoria This is a new training being trialled and will require feedback after the session. This workshop has been developed to support residential care workers to prepare for a potential critical incident. 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
Course description: This session has been created to support practitioners working with LGBTI children and young people in care. The training covers principles for effective communication and ‘strengths-based’ best practice. The Session is delivered by Queerspace. Learning Outcomes Developed knowledge and comfort with key terminology around sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity Increased understanding of healthy child development as it relates to sexual orientation and gender identity, while differentiating between these two development processes Improved ability to recognise and
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing $290 - $330 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
This one day course will assist staff in developing their communication skills by learning how to manage and resolve conflict. Learning Outcomes Understand the factors that contribute to miscommunication and conflict Compare different models of conflict management Manage your emotional responses to confrontation Establish respectful relationships with people with whom you disagree Improve assertiveness and the ability to discuss difficult topics Learn techniques to convert conflict into negotiation and collaboration Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided If you have
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. This workshop has been developed for the child and family welfare sector by Kaz Mitchell, a counsellor and psychotherapist who teaches in
Please use this link to check your organisations membership status: https://www.cfecfw.asn.au/members/ 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. How do you adjust to setting new boundaries, while maintaining your existing relationships? What happens when the buck stops with you? The workshop will be facilitated by Lesley Blefari, a trainer with many years of experience teaching diploma courses in management,
Please note that Nationally Recognised Training units are subject to admission requirements, and our Compliance Officer will be in touch after you register. Aim of training This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage effective workplace relationships. It applies to individuals in leadership or management who have a prominent role in establishing and managing processes and procedures to support workplace relationships taking into account the organisation's values, goals and cultural diversity. At this level work will
This course assists staff to provide a more confident and creative service to clients. It assists participants to understand approaches to Supervisory Practice and explores Clinical Education frameworks and models, to ensure that services to clients are safe and ethical as well as providing a reflective space for a supervisee to enhance their competence and confidence when working with clients. One of the aims of this course is to incorporate different modalities of Supervision into a single course, rather than
This session will suggest practical ways to engage with children and young people in your organisation. It will draw on the body of research from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to help you to develop strategies to encourage the participation and empowerment of children. Recommended audience: Program leaders, team leaders, managers, Board members. A working knowledge of Victoria’s Child Safe Standards is assumed.
The Centre’s Leaving Care and Post Care Practitioner Network holds four forums each year. In 2019 they will be on: Wednesday 20 February, 2019 Thursday 9 May, 2019 Thursday 1 August, 2019 Thursday 31 October, 2019 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
The aim of this one day workshop is to provide participants working in the child and family welfare sector with introductory knowledge and understanding to assist them in working with Aboriginal children, youth, families and workers in a culturally respectful way. Topics Covered Aboriginal History - life before and after colonisation Key effects of Stolen Generation and the continued effects - grief, loss, and trauma The resilience and strength in Aboriginal Communities Aboriginal Culture Overview Aboriginal family roles and responsibilities
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
Course description: Risk is an essential element of adolescent development, providing opportunity for young people to expand their limits and understand the world. It is also our responsibility to protect young people from potential harm. Drug use in adolescence can create risks and potential harms, which practitioners can respond to using the approaches explored in this training. Learning outcomes: Understand the role of risk in adolescent development Understand the different functions of substance use for adolescents Learn
One event on Friday May 31, 2019 at 9:15am
This program is delivered as a cluster of 2 units of competency delivered across 2 days- 24th & 31 May 2019 Aim of training 1. BSBMGT502 Manage People Performance This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the performance of staff who report to them directly. Development of key result areas and key performance indicators and standards, coupled with regular and timely coaching and feedback, provide the basis for performance management. It applies to individuals who manage
The trainer for this course is Craig Maloney, who brings three decades of experience as a practitioner and trainer in mental health care. Craig earned two national awards for excellence in mental health care while the director of a Headspace Centre, specialising in early intervention mental health services for 12-25 year olds. 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
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 one-day workshop aims to provide an understanding of the theoretical frameworks that underpin a Change Management Model & how to create an organizational culture that embraces change to enhance practice and outcomes. The focus of this session is for participants to acquire the necessary knowledge & skills in the development of a Change Management Plan to support and enhance the implementation of organizational change. Topics Change Management theory Models and theories of change management Change Management plans Developing
Based on Victorian research, this training explores how technology is being used to perpetrate family violence and the ways adult survivors and advocates can respond to increase safety and perpetrator accountability. This training is delivered by the The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV). This course covers: Understanding the unique and changing ways technology is being used to exert power and control over women and their children (ie. through Facebook, Twitter, ‘Revenge Porn’ etc) Different types of technology used and
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. This workshop has been developed for the child and family welfare sector by Kaz Mitchell, a counsellor and psychotherapist who teaches in the Bachelor
Family Work Skills and AOD: strengths based approaches to engaging families of young people experiencing alcohol and drug use Young people engaging in drug use and other problematic behaviours may be experiencing conflict with their families, however the family is often the most valuable resource available to a young person. This one day training, delivered by AOD specialists, the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), is designed for workers to build their skills and confidence to effectively engage the
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
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 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.
All Early Years and Children’s Services, Museums and Zoos will come under the Reportable Conduct Scheme on the first of January 2019. This two hour Reportable Conduct Scheme information session is targeted at all staff, volunteers, management of phase 3 organisations. It will include information on: Background of the Scheme Key elements of the Scheme The Child Safe Standards Reporting obligations and responsibilities of Heads of Organisations. Criminal Offences Reporting Obligations Duty of Care The session will include opportunities to
This session will help you to identify strategies to create a culture of child safety in your organisation. It will look at each of the Child Safe Standards in more detail and help you to identify gaps and opportunities across your organisation. Recommended audience: quality and compliance staff, Human Resource staff, team leaders, managers, Board members. Working knowledge of Victoria’s Child Safe Standards is assumed.
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 session will suggest practical ways to engage with children and young people in your organisation. It will draw on the body of research from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to help you to develop strategies to encourage the participation and empowerment of children. Recommended audience: Program leaders, team leaders, managers, Board members. Working knowledge of Victoria’s Child Safe Standards is assumed.
The Centre’s Leaving Care and Post Care Practitioner Network holds four forums each year. In 2019 they will be on: Wednesday 20 February, 2019 Thursday 9 May, 2019 Thursday 1 August, 2019 Thursday 31 October, 2019 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