Child Protection Training

Foundational and competency building training for child protection workers is the essential starting point for organizational capacity building.

I have a wide range of foundational training modules and I work closely with partners SP Consultancy and Evident Change (formerly NCCD Children’s Research Centre) to deliver quality training in child protection practice. Two particular areas of expertise are Structured Decision Making and Partnering for Safety.

These ready-to-go child protection training packages have been developed for both non-government and government child protection agencies to help workers and agencies build capacity and foundational skills to work with vulnerable families and children in the sector.

They have application nationally and internationally for child protection workers and agencies

For bespoke learning and development programs tailored to your specific organizational need, read more here.

Learning and development support and curriculum development

I develop curriculum, training and learning programs for child protection organisations internationally. I work closely with practice leaders in the development to ensure their particular learning needs are met as all organizations are unique in their programs and culture.

Coaching as a learning and professional development strategy

Traditional one-off training is not enough – research shows that even with the best training ever we retain only 10-20% of that knowledge without reinforcement of that original learning – especially when we get back to the busy human services work places! One-off classroom training rarely results in positive, long-term changes in learners’ professional knowledge skills and attitudes.

Child Protection Training

Foundational casework courses for childprotection workers Description
Implementation made easier Implementation science can seem so complicated, and it doesn't have to be! Learn practical methods and strategies that will support practice and program change sustainably.
Using questions as an intervention Learn basic solution focused questions used in child protection practice as well as processes and tools to guide difficult conversations and facilitate change.
Solution focused case planning skills Support staff to learn foundational strength based case planning skills to do the complex work of facilitating change and supporting vulnerable families.
Restoration (Reunification) case planning When children and young people enter out of homecare, restoration is often the default case plan goal when possible and when in best interest of the child. A significant amount of restoration work has been outsourced to the NGO sector which is relatively new practice for many agencies. So many agencies want to deepen their restoration practice skills to be able to facilitate kids going home when possible. Restoration casework is complex and workers need additional knowledge and skills to do this important work.
Structured Decision Making Assessments –SDM® I am one of two approved SDM trainers from Evident Change (formerly NCCD Children's Research Centre). I can train the suite of SDM assessments across the continuum of practice. I am one of2two approved SDM® trainers in Australia working closely with Evident Change (formerly NCCD Children's Research Centre) from the US who are the developers of these evidence based assessments. Evident Change/CRC has over 20 years of research and evidence from around the world to support the usefulness, validity, reliability and credibility of these assessment tools
Safety planning with families and networks In our work with vulnerable families things can change quickly and things can escalate from likelihood of future harm to immediate risk of significant harm (danger). Immediate safety planning requires different planning strategies and skills to longer term case planning. This course will enable workers to grow their safety planning skills and develop robust safety plans collaboratively with families.
Building networks around vulnerable families The practice of building safety and support networks around families has a growing evidence base around the world. This element of casework practice requires persistence and commitment to the philosophy of it takes a village to raise a child.
Working with children and young people Much casework with vulnerable families focuses on working closely with parents and adults in the network. This course focuses on practical strategies and tools that support workers to bring in the voice (participate meaningfully) of children and young people into the case and safety planning process.
Transitioning to management in childprotection agencies Competent caseworkers often get promoted to team leader positions without support to develop the additional capabilities they need to be effective team leaders. This course helps new and emerging team leaders develop those skills and helps alleviate ‘imposter syndrome’ big time!
Practical trauma informed interventions forcaseworkers Workers often ask ‘What does trauma informed practice look like in action?’ This workshop gives workers practical ideas and strategies to work in a trauma informed way with kids and their families.
Facilitating any kind of group meeting Working in the human services sector often requires that workers facilitate a range of group meetings such as case consultations, family group meetings, group practice forums just to name a few. Managing groups of any kind require key skills and knowledge to manage the dynamics and facilitate outcomes and drive the change process. This course gives workers some tools and processes to build their confidence and competence in facilitation of any group!

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