Child Protection Forum: Setting Families up to Succeed

When: Tuesday, 4th March 2014, 1pm-2:30pm
Where: Parliament House Theatrette, Macquarie St, Sydney

More than five years after the Wood Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services and despite policy reforms and action plans at state and federal levels, the number of children in out-of-home care has continued to rise. With new child protection legislation before the Parliament, it is essential to consider the direction NSW can take to provide the support families need and to prevent the risk of harm to children and young people.

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A panel of presenters will discuss the need for early action and targeted, appropriate support services for parents and children. How can we transform our early intervention and child protection systems to better support family preservation and restoration? What strategies, services and funding are required? What can we learn from the experiences of those currently involved in child protection and out-of-home care? What are the long-term benefits of improvements in child welfare and wellbeing?

Please join us to discuss these important concerns.

Hosted by Jan Barham MLC, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.

Panel of speakers includes:

  • Brad Delaney, PACT Program Manager, and Noel Walker, Workforce Development Officer, AbSec
  • Danielle Schmid, NSW State Coordinator, and a young consultant, CREATE Foundation
  • Alison Peters, CEO, Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS)
  • Dr Wendy Foote, Deputy CEO and Director Policy and Membership, Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA)
  • Anne Hollonds, CEO, Benevolent Society
  • Liz Snell, Law Reform and Policy Coordinator, Women’s Legal Services NSW

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Jan Barham’s office, jan.barham@parliament.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9230 2603.