The 2019 OPEN Symposium showcased some of the innovative ways our sector is working to deliver better outcomes for children, families and young people.The theme of this year’s Symposium – the Voices that Matter – highlights the importance of privileging the voices of children, young people and families as we strive to strengthen the evidence base across child, youth and family services.

Presentations from the OPEN Symposium 2019 are now available – follow the links below

First Keynote Address

Eileen Munro, Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics

Opening the Symposium, Professor Munro spoke about the challenges and possibilities of taking research evidence from one complex system to another with particular reference to her work in reviewing child protection practices in English local authorities.

In the Pavillion

In the Members Lounge

In the Amcor Lounge

In the State Theatre Lounge

Afternoon Panel

  • Participatory practice at the coalface: working collaboratively with young people
  • The closing panel was hosted by Sam Champion (Youth Affairs Council of Victoria)
  • And featured:
  • Cathy Carnovale (Create Foundation)
  • Siobhán McCann (Commission for Children and Young People)
  • Lauren Oliver (Berry Street)
  • Brittany Witnish (Youth Advisor, Master of Social Work and lived experience consultant)
  • Jade Purtell (Researcher and Youth Participation Consultant)
  • Jenna Bollinger (Researcher)

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