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.
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.
The Centre conducts research across the children and family services sector.
_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.
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
Campaigning to extend the age of care to 21.
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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
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
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
Reportable Conduct and Early Years Providers All Early Years and Children's Services 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 early years staff, volunteers, management, and approved providers. 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. The session will include opportunities to work through sector
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
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
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
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
More and more, organisations in the child and family welfare sector are called upon to demonstrate evidence linking their programs with outcomes; in short, how do we know what we're doing works? Program logic is a globally recognised tool for describing how an organisation's regular activities should connect to their intended outputs, and how to measure their effectiveness. This three hour workshop, presented by Emily Mellon, Project Manager for the Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network (OPEN), assists participants to understand why
This program is delivered as a cluster of 2 units of competency delivered across 2 days- 7th & 21st September 2018 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
This training is designed for all those working in challenging and stressful human service settings and will help to identify indicators of stress and trauma. Concepts of resistance, resilience and recovery will be considered as they apply to managing both cumulative stress and vicarious trauma. The training also focuses on managing professional boundaries with challenging clients, which is an important aspect of protecting workers from stress and trauma. The trainer is Kaz Mitchell, who brings over three decades of experience
This one day workshop will focus on identifying and interpreting the warning signs of family violence through the use of risk assessment frameworks. Once participants are familiar with family violence risk assessment, they will gain a better understanding of violent behaviour in the family context. This workshop will assist participants in understanding how to respond to family violence, the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved, and how to practice self-care when working in family violence. Learning Outcomes • Gain
Please use this link to check your organisations membership status: https://www.cfecfw.asn.au/members/ 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
RCLDS – Self-Care for Residential Care Workers (CBD) 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
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
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,
Practitioners in the child and family welfare sector are constantly exposed to young people and families who experience trauma, and it is often hard to know whether our hard work has achieved a positive result. Caregivers who work with clients with high needs are especially vulnerable to frustration and burnout, and to 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
This training is free to residential care workers in Victoria This is a new training being trialled and will require feedback after the session. Preparing workers for a potential critical incident understanding stress and anxiety effects of trauma workplace procedures around incident response Defusing (Psychological First Aid) Rob Gordon’s model of PFA creating safety after a critical incident supporting staff after a critical incident Debriefing (CISM) emotional debrief in the days following a critical incident setting up the CISM debrief
Working with adolescent family violence: applying the evidence to family work 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 articulates a framework for risk assessment and management. It explores the tension between family safety and taking steps to effect change through utilising motivational interviewing, family systems approaches, non violent resistance and restorative practice.
Working with Shame This workshop explores the issue of shame, frequently a product of the impact of trauma. 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 Outcomes Understand the relationship between shame, trauma and neglect Understand the signs and impact of shame, including on
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 training is only available to residential care workers in Victoria. This unit describes the skills and knowledge 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.
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
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
This training is only available for residential care workers in Victoria. Aim of Training This session has been developed by MOAT: Mental Health Services in association with RCLDS, to support staff in refining their interactions with clients and other professionals. Maintaining our professional boundaries and working reflectively are key foundations to maximising the support we offer clients. Learning Outcomes Following this session, participants will be able to: Discuss the advantages of reflective practice List models of reflective practice Outline the
This training is only available for 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