2022 OPEN Symposium – Presentations are ready for you to enjoy!

This year, the OPEN Symposium was bigger than ever.

Our theme this year was ‘Maintaining Momentum: Continuing to innovate and build Victoria’s Child and Family Services sector evidence base.’ We chose this theme to reflect the perseverance and resilience of the sector, which has managed to maintain momentum in spite of some unprecedented challenges.We had fantastic keynote speakers: Professor Leah Bromfield, Director for the Australian Centre for Child Protection; and Professor Sharon Bessell, Director of the Children’s Policy Centre, and of the Poverty and Inequality Research Centre.We also had a host of other cross-sector speakers, presenting on a broad range of themes relevant to the sector, from early years, to family violence and out of home care, to name a few.Check out all our videos below!

Keynote speaker: Professor Leah Bromfield

Shaping the future of child protection: Creating a way forward grounded in the reality of our present

In this address, Professor Leah Bromfield presents research and data that shows the reality of our present – challenging common assumptions. She discusses how an accurate understanding of our present provides us with a way forward to continue the child and family welfare sector journey in improving our responses to vulnerable children and families. Finally, Leah showcases some of the future focussed work of the Australian Centre for Child Protection that is aimed at helping shape the future of child protection in partnership with the sector.

Watch the recording here

Keynote speaker: Professor Sharon Bessell

No Child Should Live in Poverty: How we can end multidimensional child poverty through child-centred approaches

In this presentation, Professor Sharon Bessell shares the findings of research with children about their experiences of living in poverty. She discusses how a child standpoint enables us to understand the multi-dimensional ways in which poverty impacts on children. From this understanding, it is possible to develop child centred responses to poverty, and to address the underlying causes.

Watch the recording here

2022 OPEN Symposium Presentations

Over the course of two jam-packed days, we heard from a variety of presenters from the Child, Youth and Family service sector practitioners and research collaborators. It was an inspiring and energizing experience, with palpable passion and engagement.

Presentations showcased innovative practice across key themes, see the recordings grouped by themes below

Pre and Post Symposium Activities

Early help and early intervention

Together from the start, an innovative justice health initiative – Women’s Legal Service Victoria & Monash Health

Keywords: early intervention, mothers, babies, family violence, justice, health

Promoting first relationships with fathers: Early intervention with fathers to improve attachment to their children – Kids First

Keywords: early intervention, fathers, children, evidence based program

Community-led Inclusion: ‘All About Early Years’ Project – Foundation House

Keywords: early intervention, multicultural communities, education

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Centring the voices of those with lived experience

Promoting the rights and wellbeing of children

Hear my voice; conversation cards. How to bring children into important conversations – Statewide Children’s Resource Centre

Keywords: child wellbeing and rights, child voice, family violence

9 basic requirements for meaningful child participation – Save the Children (54 Reasons)

Keywords: child wellbeing and rights, child voice, disaster recovery

Dad’s in Focus: Working with father’s using violence to promote child safety and wellbeing – Family Life

Keywords: child wellbeing and rights, family violence, fathers

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Innovations to improve the experience and outcomes of Out of Home Care

 improve the experience and outcomes of Out of Home Care

Just listen to young people when they’re coming in and wanting help – Centre for Community and Child Health & The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Keywords: child wellbeing and rights, youth voice, health, out of home care

Found in collaboration; the benefits of lived experience employment in research, policy and practice – Panel: Monash University, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Anglicare

Keywords: lived experience, collaborative practice, employment, participatory design, out of home care

More than our childhoods: historical perspectives on Care Services, and how we can learn from them – Panel: Australian Catholic University and University of Adelaide

Keywords: lived experience, collaborative practice, out of home care

Flipping the narrative; creating sustainable outcomes after an experience of residential care – Anchor Inc.

Keywords: lived experience, leaving care, out of home care

Using an implementation science method to support the introduction of evidence-informed programs in residential care – MacKillop Family Services & University of Melbourne

Keywords: lived experience, collaborative practice, implementation science, out of home care

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Innovative collaborative practice and partnerships

Enhancing Sector responses to young men using intimate partner violence – No To Violence & YSAS

Keywords: family violence, collaborative practice,

Putting Families First: A consortium led interdisciplinary approach to holistic practice – OzChild, AAFRO, VACCA and YSAS

Keywords: collaborative practice, cultural safety, engaging families

Using media literacy and critical thinking to equip young people with skills to combat against Harmful Digital Marketing – The Alannah and Madeline Foundation & VicHealth

Keywords: child wellbeing and rights, child voice, digital literacy, collaborative practice

Ready, Set, Prep!: a collaborative approach supporting early childhood development and wellbeing – Merri Health

Keywords: early intervention, collaborative practice, collective impact, embedding evidence

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