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CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCE


10 September 2019


See Me, Hear Me, Walk with Me;

Considering the Rights of a Child in Our Work.



The Pavilion - Kiama Showground

2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama, NSW, 2533


Cost: $80.00

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm




EVENT AGENDA

8.30am – 9.00am

  Registration and Networking 

9.00am – 9.45am

Introduction and ‘Welcome’

9.45am – 11.00am

Keynote Speaker

Annette Michaux

 Parenting Research Centre 

11.00am - 11.15am

Discussion and Questions for Annette Michaux 

11.15am – 11.45am

Morning Tea and Networking


Workshop Session 1 - 11.45am – 1.00pm

Concurrent workshops

Sameh Younen - Theraplay
Ben Thompson and My Gago - Rosie's Place
Elena Bellinato - Sing and Grow Music Therapy 
Nikke Gladwin - Including Children's Voices 


1.00pm – 2.00pm

Lunch and Networking 


2.00pm -3.15pm


Concurrent workshops

Sameh Younen - Theraplay
Ben Thompson and My Gago - Rosie's Place
Elena Bellinato - Sing and Grow Music Therapy 
Nikke Gladwin - Including Children's Voices 


3.15pm – 3.45pm

Audience Participation and Feedback Activity


3.45pm – 4.00pm

Evaulation and Lucky Door Prizes
Conclusion
Please plan to stay until the end of the day. Your evaluation is used so that this conference continues to be informative, current and beneficial. 


PRESENTERS

Keynote Speaker




Annette Michaux

Parenting Research Centre 

As a Director at the Parenting Research Centre, Annette leads significant, evidence informed policy and practice initiatives that help PRC clients achieve their intended outcomes. Annette directs a number of government funded, national and multiyear initiatives including the PRC’s contribution to Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health and the Reframing Parenting Initiative.  Annette drives a number of major practice design and implementation projects in NSW, including the trial of the Quality Assurance Framework for children in out-of-home care,  SafeCare and Practice Framework development with Wesley Mission, SDN Children’s Services and Key Assets. 
 
Annette has over 20 years of experience in child and family practice, policy and research management, including having served as General Manager of Social Policy and Research at The Benevolent Society, as CEO of the NSW Child Protection Council, and as a senior policy staffer at the NSW Commission for Children and Young People. She has also worked in frontline child welfare and community development in the UK and Australia. 
 
She has served on numerous boards and committees over the last two decades and delivered many keynote addresses on topics such as knowledge translation and exchange, evidence informed child and family practice, organisational and social change and improving service delivery.

TOPIC


Children thrive when their parents are supported: let's tell a new child development story

The growing gap between the reality of parenting and the ‘parenting story’ being told in Australia is getting in the way of creating meaningful and lasting change for families. To give children the best chance of healthy development we need to better support and communicate with both the public the parents who care for them. However evidence-based messages around parenting are not currently resonating with families, rendering the bulk of our communications ineffective. 
A major research project involving 7600 Australians conducted by the FrameWorks Institute and led locally by the Parenting Research Centre has developed a powerful new narrative to change the way we talk about children and parents. This project has identified what works – and what doesn’t – when talking about parenting in Australia and offers practical, hands-on support to help organisations change public perceptions of parenting and communicate more effectively with families.
In this presentation Annette will outline the results of the research and offer take-home tips about how we can all communicate more effectively about parenting. 



WORKSHOP 1


Sameh Younen

Dr.Younan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working with the ISLHD. He has a special interest in attachment theory and family therapy.

TOPIC

My Experiences with Theraplay

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve thought someone’s parenting could be improved, but just haven’t known how to go about it without risking upsetting the parent? What if there was a fun non shaming way where you could literally see the relationship between a parent and a child blossom before your ways? These are some of the benefits of THERAPLAY, an evidenced based child and family therapy aimed endorsed by Bessel Van der Kolk and other leaders in childhood trauma to improve attachment and outcomes for these children. In this workshop, Dr.Younan will present the background to theraplay, as well as video segments from theraplay sessions inviting participants to reflect and comment on the interactions they see. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice and take home some activities which they could use in their work.



WORKSHOP 2


Ben Thompson and My Gago

Rosie’s Place


Ben Thompson and My Gago have been working at Rosie’s Place since 2012. They work as sexual assault and domestic and family violence counsellors. They also provide counselling and support to children under 10 with problematic/harmful sexualised behaviours. Group work is a big part of their role and core service provided to their clients. Ben and My work with children, young people and their parents/carers.

TOPIC

I wish for a Rainbow

Rosie’s Place is a community based counselling and support service for children, young people and families that have experienced sexual assault or domestic and family violence. The service supports the community of Western Sydney, advocating for children, young people and families’ fundamental human rights to safety and protection. The workshop will focus on why Rosie’s Place sees children, how we listen to children, how we respond to what children share with us, how we walk alongside them and how we advocate for their rights. We will present on the frameworks and principles of practice that guide our work with children, as well as practical methods we use (including group work, consultation groups and utilising our publications) to listen and respond to children. 


WORKSHOP 3

Elena Bellinato


Elena Bellinato is a Registered Music Therapist and has been working with Sing&Grow for over nine years. Sing & Grow is a national program that provides music therapy services to young children and their families in some of the most disadvantaged communities across Australia. Elena has extensive experience in working with families that have experienced trauma in various settings. She also has a background in social work.  

TOPIC

Music Tools Workshop - Sing and grow

This workshop will discuss the benefits of using music in working with young children and their families that have experienced trauma. It will explore the benefits of music on the brain and will provide practical music tools that can be adapted in various settings. It will be a hands on workshop using voice, instruments and movement activities. You will learn how to facilitate a music session, how to adapt songs and to use music to assist with social skills and emotional regulation. No prior music experience is required. 


WORKSHOP 4


Nikke Gladwin

Healthy Cities Illawarra 

Nikke Gladwin is the Coordinator of the Emotional Wellbeing and Community Development programs with Healthy Cities Illawarra and leads on the strategic development and delivery of the TALK Project that is a collaboration between Healthy Cities, Communities for Children Shellharbour, and other local partners. She has a long history of working with children and youth services in South East England, with a primary focus on designing, building and managing places and programs to support children’s development and wellbeing. Nikke’s understanding of the way in which children play coupled with her training in trauma informed practice supports her approach to ensuring that compensatory play opportunities recreate lost opportunities for children to learn and heal whilst playing.  In Australia, Nikke has worked with NGOs and local government to consult with children and young people their families and the broader community on developing play spaces and programs that support children from our more vulnerable communities to grow into resilient members of our communities.

TOPIC

Including Children's Voices - A Child's Perspective

Join Nikke Gladwyn and her young leader team to hear first hand the importance of child friendly, meaningful consultation. Gain insight and practical ideas for promoting the voices of children in your organisation. 




ALL WORKSHOP BOOKINGS ARE NOW FULL


Thworkshop will discuss the benefits of using music in working with young children and their families that have experienced trauma. It will explore the benefits of music on the brain and will provide practical music tools that can be adapted in various settings. It will be a hands on workshop using voice, instruments and movement activities. You will learn how to facilitate a music session, how to adapt songs and to use music to assist with social skills and emotional regulation. No prior music experience is required