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Online and digital approaches to support wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally Responsive Practice

The Australian Institute of Family Studies and Emerging Minds hosted a webinar with three Aboriginal presenters who spoke about online and digital methods to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The webinar addressed barriers to accessing health services, culturally safe digital approaches, and provided insights on best practices.

OPEN Forum: The Menu of Evidence for Children and Family Services

Family Services, Program Evaluation

The online forum on March 28, presented by OPEN and the Evidence Strategy team, provided service practitioners with a walkthrough of the Menu of Evidence. It showcased an online repository of evidence-based practices and programs in Child and Family Services, offering valuable insights for service design, practice, and policies. The presentation also emphasised OPEN's role in supporting sector capability in evaluation and research to build local evidence.

OPEN Forum: What makes life good? Measuring what matters to care leavers’ well-being

Out of Home Care (OOHC)

Dr. Claire Baker's presentation on the Bright Spots program and surveys for children in care at the OPEN forum on March 23 provided valuable insights for service practitioners. The session offered practical knowledge and research findings that can inform their work in supporting young people in and leaving care.

Online workshop: Exploring cultural connection: supporting First Nations children and young people in out-of-home care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally Responsive Practice, Out of Home Care (OOHC)

The Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care offers an online workshop for carers and workers, exploring cultural needs of Indigenous children in care and promoting cultural connection as a human right.

Webinar: Using Indigenous research methodologies to end domestic and family violence

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally Responsive Practice, Family Violence

ANROWS is hosting a panel discussion featuring First Nations researchers in domestic and family violence. The webinar delves into the utilisation of Indigenous research methodologies to shape culturally appropriate policy and practice responses.

OPEN Forum: Innovations in Out of Home Care

Out of Home Care (OOHC)

The last OPEN Forum of 2022 centred around innovations in out-of-home care, aiming to enhance the well-being of children and young people entering the care system, residing in residential care, or engaged with allied support services. Presentations featured topics such as The Care Hub, an innovative model of collaborative practice by Anglicare Victoria, the Improving Care Initiative by DFFH, and Empathy & Action: Learning from care leavers by The Centre.

Tri-Peaks Innovation Webinar Series

Alcohol and Other Drugs, Family Reunification

This Tri-Peaks Project webinar, presented by Mathew Wilson, the state-wide program manager of the Family Drug Treatment Court, focuses on 'Family Drug Treatment Court: Engaging with parents to support family reunification.'

Parenting Orders: Research on compliance and enforcement and insights from practice

Families and parenting

This Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) webinar presents AIFS researchers, Relationship Australia, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia representatives to discuss the findings of the ANROWS study into 'Compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders: Final Report.

VPS Evaluation Network Lunch and Learn Session: Lived experience/client voice in evaluation

Client Engagement, Client Experience, Evaluation

This webinar from the Victorian Public Service Evaluation Network 'Lunch and Learn' series featured presentations from Helen Casey (Department of Justice and Community Safety) and Jacqueline Storey and Sharika Jeyakumar (Victoria Legal Aid) speaking about the importance of lived experience and client voice in their evaluation practice, with a focus on family violence as a case study for their reflections. Click the external link to view a video recording of this session, or use the download link to access the presentation slides.

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