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Do you work with children and families experiencing complex challenges? Do you wonder if you or your organisation could work differently to better meet child and family needs?
In October 2018, three exciting events focused on partnership practice: the process of using respectful, compassionate and authentic engagement to build trusting relationships between practitioners and families seeking or needing support.
Held in Melbourne in October, these events featured Dr Crispin Day, Head of the UK’s Centre for Parent and Child Support and co-author of the Family Partnership Model (FPM) and Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) program.
About Dr Crispin DayCrispin is a clinical psychologist who has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in adult and child mental health. Within the Centre for Parent and Child Support, he leads the research, development and dissemination of FPM, the Helping Families Programme and EPEC.
He leads a program at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Research Unit to improve the outcomes, quality and efficiency of mental health service for children and families. Crispin has published and lectured widely as well as provided advice to central and local government across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
‘Family-centred practice’, ‘engagement’ and ‘partnership’ are words often used in relation to service delivery – but what do they really mean in practice? What does it look like to truly work in partnership with families, and what does it take for services to adopt a partnership culture?
Dr Crispin Day outlined a successful model of partnership practice – the Family Partnership Model – and a program underpinned by partnership practice – the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities parent-led parenting program – and explored what is required to support and sustain partnership practices across organisations and within individual practice.
The Family Partnership Model has been implemented widely across Australian family-centred services and has been shown to be instrumental in helping practitioners change the way they work with families and supporting collaborative outcomes between parents and professionals. The Empowering Parents Empowering Communities program is a parent led, professionally supported parenting intervention which is currently underway in Victoria and Tasmania.
Participants also heard from practitioners and service leaders who have implemented the Family Partnership Model to change their culture of service or program delivery; with practical examples of some of the enabling factors that are required, and some of the challenges that were faced.
Date: Thursday 25 October
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville
Cost: $110 incl GST
This workshop was a rare opportunity to work in a small group setting with the co-author of the internationally recognised Family Partnership Model.
Practitioners who work from a partnership model can sometimes feel their partnership practice is compromised by structures, processes or a lack of understanding and support from other practitioners that is outside of their control.
This practical workshop enabled practitioners who work from a partnership model to discuss their challenges and explore strategies to sustain partnership in practice with families.
Date: Friday 26 October
Time: 9.30am – 12pm
Venue: The Larwill Studio, Parkville
Cost: $135 incl GST
Facilitating FPM courses can be complex for a number of reasons. Facilitators commonly struggle with balancing the content of the model, the unique demands of participants that arise from such a training intervention, and explicitly modelling the Family Partnership Model in their facilitation. This afternoon workshop provided an exciting opportunity for FPM facilitators to share and explore issues that arise in the facilitation of FPM courses with other facilitators and the co-author of the model.
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Date: Thursday 13 September
Venue: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
We had another successful one-day symposium, thanks to
the collaborative efforts of our partners, the generosity of our speakers, and
the enthusiasm of our 260 attendees.
Our annual event was held at the Grant Hyatt, Melbourne. The
symposium focused on showcasing how co-design and developmental evaluation can
be applied to complex system issues, develop effective cross-sector
partnerships and have positive impacts on children and families.
We are pleased to be able to share the event magic with
you, including videos of the presentations and panel discussions, and photos of
This symposium was presented by
the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Centre
for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's
Research Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne; Department
of Health and Human Services; Department of Education and Training,
and was generously supported by The Creswick Foundation.
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Date: Thursday 29 June 2017Venue: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.
More than 300 attendees came along to the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne for this one day event; showcasing international and local practice around the collaborative use of evidence and data to support improved outcomes for children and young people.
We would like to thank those who attended on the day and extend our sincere appreciation to all guest speakers.
This symposium was presented by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne; Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Education and Training, and was generously supported by The Creswick Foundation.
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Date: Friday 18 March 2016Venue: Mercure North Melbourne, Cnr Flemington Road and Harker St, North Melbourne
This full-day seminar presented by the Centre for Community Child Health and focussed on the important role of universal services in
promoting positive mental health in children and in early identification and
intervention for children with mental health problems.
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infant and child mental health outcomes, in an early years service
Date: Friday 18 September 2015Venue: Ella Latham Theatre, The Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Road Parkville
This full-day seminar presented by the Centre for Community Child Health and the Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (CRE-CL) brought together key experts in child language development from Australia and the UK. The seminar was designed for early years services, schools, allied health professionals, local government, policy makers and researchers, and will focus on three key areas:
directed speech and language development in the first years of life
Thursday 13 August 2015The Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
This full-day seminar presented by the Centre for Community Child Health and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, explored lessons learnt from place-based initiatives. Keynote speaker,
Naomi Eisenstadt, opened the seminar with a discussion on The English Experience. Drawing on her experience with Sure Start and other initiatives, Naomi talked about what is meant by ‘place’, the opportunities and challenges of collaboration and integration, and the lessons she has learnt along the way.
Attendees also heard presentations that set the scene on place-based initiatives across Australia, with a focus on Victorian Area Partnerships. Later, we will welcome representatives from the Tasmanian Child and Family Centres, Go Goldfields and Doveton College to share their knowledge on the key features of these Australian place-based initiatives, and their major strengths and challenges. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions following each practice example presentation, before Naomi is invited back to provide comments in response to the Australian presentations.
based approaches -
The English experience
Eisenstadt, Honorary Research Fellow,
Department of Education, University of Oxford & Independent Advisor
on Poverty and Inequality to the Scottish Government
The current state of play
Sue West, Associate
Director, Centre for Community Child Health
Simon Booth, Director,
Vulnerable Children's Reform Unit, Strategy and Analytics Division Department of Health
& Human Services
General Manager, Go Goldfields, Central Goldfields Shire Council
Tasmanian Child and Family
Paul Prichard, Training
& Development Manager, Centre for Community Child Health
Shannon Newman, Director,
Date: 30th September, 2014 This half-day in-conversation seminar with Margy Whalley from Pen Green in the UK explored the intricacies of engaging with parents in ways that empower them to play a real role in the design and delivery of services. Margy provided commentary on promising practices emerging in Australia, drawing on her research and long experience in working with parents in Northamptonshire, UK.
From consultation to co-production provided a framework for this exploration. The active participation of parents in child learning and in the design and delivery of services is a key feature of a new way of working with families for the future wellbeing of children and the prosperity of our whole nation.
We welcomed parent and service representatives from the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) program closely linked to the Tasmanian Child and Family Centres. Practice examples of parent engagement in Victoria were also featured. Dianne Jackson, CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) shared her thoughts about a new national initiative with a focus on parent engagement. Margy Whalley acted as a critical friend and help the audience and those presenting to explore the intricacies of their work in engaging with parents.
Introduction and Welcome
Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow, CCCH
From consultation to co-production: what is meant by parent engagement?
Paul Prichard, Manager Training & Development,CCCH
What is the experience of being involved in the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) program as part of the Child and Family Centre initiative in Tasmania? - reflections from a parent and practitioners and Margy Whalley responding to the experiences shared: reflections from my experience
A conversation facilitated by Paul Prichard
Sarah Coker, Parent, Lynne Spotswood, Aboriginal Liaison worker, Lynn Wylie-Watson (Ravenswood Child and Family Centre) and Cindy De Jong (EPEC coordinator, Tasmania) & Margy Whalley, Director Pen Green Research, Development & Training Base and Centre for Children & their Families, Northamptonshire County Council
Exploring and reflecting on parent engagement
In conversation with Margy Whalley and facilitated by Dr Tim Moore
June McLoughlin, Director Family and Children’s Services, Doveton College – Learnings from engaging with the community to best support the health, education and social well-being of children
Judi Gray, Partnerships and Service Development Coordinator and Ruhab Ayobi, Parent bicultural facilitator, VICSEG New Futures - The Hume Mentoring and Service Engagement Program (MASE) improving parent engagement in CALD communities
Dianne Jackson, Chief Executive officer ARACY – Parent engagement as part of the ARACY agenda in 2014/15
Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow CCCH
Date: 25 July, 2014
The Productivity Commissioner, Dr Wendy Craik AM, will be the keynote speaker at the next Early Years Seminar, reporting findings from the Commission’s major public inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning.
The Productivity Commission findings look at options for childcare and early childhood learning and focus on how Australia can develop a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children’s learning and development needs. There will be significant implications from this report for the sector, for the children and families of Australia, and indeed for the future prosperity of Australia.
Early childhood bodies from across Australia will also present their responses to the Productivity Commission findings at the seminar.
This seminar offers an opportunity to the whole early childhood sector to garner new ideas and direction to invest resources into programs and services that help children to be healthy and get a great start in life.
Dr Wendy Craik AM, Presiding Commissioner on the Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning
Why change? Challenging existing models of ECEC in Australia
Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Community Child Health
John Cherry, Advocacy Manager, Goodstart Early Learning
Funding the future of ECEC in Australia: An alternative funding model
Professor Deborah Brennan, Social Policy Research Centre
Date: 17 March, 2014
Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell will lead a seminar exploring equal life chances and how early years services can help safeguard children’s health, development and wellbeing.
Presented through the Early Years Seminar Series: Research to Policy to Practice, the seminar will highlight recent evidence, policy development and practices. It will rethink how services can provide better access and quality programs for children and families. Examples of service innovation and collaboration as well as supports for practitioners working with children and families with complex needs will be explored.
Keynote speakers also included Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Community Child Health and Robyn Miller, Director, Office of Professional Practice, Department of Human Services.
National priorities from the child’s perspective: Lessons from the Big Banter
Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner
Acting Early, Changing Lives: How intervention and early action saves money and improves wellbeing
Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow, The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health
Turning the tide: A program for children experiencing disadvantage related to neglect and abuse
Shannan Mudie, Pedagogical Leader, Children’s Protection Society
Addressing disadvantage: Taking control of a community initiative to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children
Lisa Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre
A parent’s perspective: Becoming part of a community initiative to benefit young children in Tasmania
Maree Eaves, Parent, Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre and Paul Prichard – Senior Manager, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Developing a framework for development, reflective supervision and support
Robyn Miller, Director, Office of Professional Practice, Department of Human Services
Providing supervision to Aboriginal Family Support workers in regional Victoria (Mildura)