Contact the Centre

Our highly experienced and professional staff are available for comment regarding child protection policy and practice.

 

For more information or media enquiries please contact the Centre's Coordinator:

 

Email:  Kate Greenfield

 

Telephone:  (08) 8302 2914  

 

 

News and Events

 Media stories which highlight positive developments in child protection and constructively add to the debate about new and best practice are rare, yet our Centre has gained coverage in national and international news publications, with our experts often being sought for comment on radio and TV networks.

Subjects ranging from the support of foster carers, to responsible parenting and the impacts of domestic violence, to the issues of overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in care systems have created headlines which shine a light on our work as a Centre to the wider community.

Our professional staff are available for comment regarding child protection practice and for media enquiries please contact UniSA's Media Liaison Officer, Michelle Nardelli  on: (08) 8302 0096.

Links to our media releases can also be found in the media centre section of the UniSA website.

2017 News Headlines

  • City Messenger: 'Overcoming obstacles to remain a leader'. Prof Leah Bromfield won the Telstra SA Pbulic Sector and Academia Award'.  15 November 2017.
  • Adelaide Advertiser:  'Help for struggling parents will keep kids out of care'. The analysis by UniSA academics for the newly established, government-funded Early Intervention Research Directorate, identified two groups of particularly at-risk families. They are first-time parents who were abused as children (28 of the 131 sample cases) and parents who already had children who had been the subject of welfare reports to
    authorities (86 cases). 13 November 2017.
  • UniSA News: 'Leader in child protection recognised with SA business women’s award'. One of Australia’s foremost child protection researchers and co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Professor Leah Bromfield, has been awarded the SA Telstra Business Women’s Award in the public sector and academia category. November 2017
  • Central Goldfields Child Aware Local Initiative for “Build Your Village Here” wins 2017 National NAPCAN Play Your Part Award.  This is a Child Aware Local Initiative led nationally by the Australian Centre for Child Protection and Families Australia.
  • ABC Radio Adelaide: 'Child Abuse Report Line'  August 14 2017.  Prof Bromfield was one of the guests interviewed by David Bevan on ABC morning radio discussing the Child Abuse Report line.
  • Weekend West  Perth:  'One-stop cop, help unit eases trauma of abuse'  July 29 2017. A review of the MIST program by the University of South Australia’s Australian Centre for Child Protection found that detectives finalised their investigations in 44 days on average compared with 86 days under the old model.
  • Media Release- UniSA: 'Collaboration proves vital for children in crisis'  July 27 2017. A recent evalution of the pilot Multiagency Investigation and Response Team (MIST) led by the Australian Centre for Child Protection has highlighted the advantages of cross agency responses to allegations of sexual and other severe child abuse.
  • The Adelaide Advertiser: 'New unit spearheads fight on child abuse'. April 12 2017.  University of Adelaide, UniSA (ACCP) and Telethon Kids experts will work with heads of government departments on research into the best ways to address problems in at-risk familes before they reach crisis point.
  • Elle Magazine.  Prof Fiona Arney was featured in the March edition of ELLE Australia magazine as part of their ‘ELLE Agenda’ series. The March focus was on childhood, with Prof Arney’s piece on research and change for children through research evidence.

2017  Events

National Child Protection Week forum- Prevention: The key to addresing child abuse and neglect.

On Wedensday 6th September 2017, NAPCAN, Healthy Development Adelaide, SA Department of Child Protection and the Australian Center for Child Protection are co-hosting the forum as part of National Child Protection Week. The forum will be held at Elder Hall, Adelaide University commencing at 9am.

Speakers inlcude ACCP's Prof Leah Bromfield; Ms Cathy Taylor, Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection South Australia; Ms Helen Connolly, SA Children's Commissioner; Ms Lesley Taylor, National Manger, Prevention Strategies, NAPCAN; and Ms Leesa Waters, Deputy CEO, NAPCAN

Special guest, The Hon. Susan Close MP will  present the 2017 SA Play your part awards.

2016 News Headlines

  • 891 ABCProfessor Fiona Arney, Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection was interviewed regarding responding to the needs of children and child protection. The program also promoted Professor Arney’s Enterprising Partnerships lecture on child protection which took place on 17 August 2016.
  • ABC News 24: The Australian Centre for Child Protection’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission findings has seen Centre Director Professor Fiona Arney  talk on ABC Adelaide and ABC Regional Radio stations as well as appear on ABC News 24 discussing the report’s recommendations and outlining what can be done to better care for children.  9 August 2016.
  • ABC Radio FM: Dr Sara McLean was a guest on ABC Radio, discussing the issues regarding the amount of children in care who have Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which research suggests could be as much as 17%. “Often they’re (foster parents) not aware whether or not the young person was exposed to alcohol at significant levels before birth.” 'Calls for more support for children in care affected by FASD'. June 13 2016.

2016 Events

Getting it Right from the Start- National Child Protection Week

On 7 September 2016, ACCP, NAPCAN, and Healthy Development Adelaide and supporting partners Department for Education and Child Development, Act for Kids and Time for Kids co-hosted Getting it Right from the Start forum at the Adelaide Oval as part of the National Child Protection week.

Speakers included The Hon Susan Close, Minister for Education and Child Development; The Hon Senator Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services; Ms Amanda Shaw, Guardian, Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People; Mr Simon Schrapel, Chief Executive, Uniting Communities; Professor John Lynch, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Adelaide; and Ms Leesa Waters, Deputy Chief Executive Officer NAPCAN.

Presentations of the Play Your Part Awards for Inspiring Prevention Initiatives were also awarded to the SA Winners. Sarah Decrea (Individual Award) an employee at Relationships Australia (SA) recognised for her work in the Playford region of Adelaide; and Australian Council on Children and the Media (Organisation Award) for the Know Before You Load App.

Shaping the Child Protection Reform Agenda

On Thursday 18 August 2016, Professor Fioner Arney,  and Professor Leah Bromfield, Director and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection hosted an invite only workshop to explore how South Australia can substantially reduce child abuse and neglect over a generation. Using the vision of the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission that something radically different must be done, Professors Arney and Bromfield brought together the latest knowledge from child protection research, disease prevention, and implementation science, to explore how we can turn that vision into a reality. The workshop highlighted reforming for the right reasons and discussed how we can target reform efforts to bring about real change for children.

Reducing child abuse and neglect.  Why child-focussed reform offers the greatest promise in child protection

On Wednesday 17 August 2016,  Professor Fiona Arney, Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection and Chair of Child Protection,  gave the inaugural University of South Australia's Enterprising Partnerships talk where she discussed ways in which Australia can lead child protection reform internationally.

Following the release of the findings from the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, this timely talk explored why more than 40 Australian child protection inquiries over the past decade have failed to address the problem of child abuse and neglect. Having evaluated more than 50 system and practice innovations for vulnerable children over the past 20 years, Professor Arney delved into the key message of how paying attention to the needs of children, and developing smart systems based on those needs, can better support highly effective policy and program implementation in this field.

Archived News Headlines

  •  ABC Radio: Current PhD scholar Rosa Flaherty talks to ABC Radio during National Child Protection Week, discussing how you can be someone that listens to children, and describing the different kinds of child protection and neglect issues.  September 2015.
  • Radio National (Canberra): 'Parenting with an addiction', Adjunct Professor Sharon Dawe is interviewed on Life Matters with Natasha Mitchell about an innovative family support program, Parents under Pressure, that she has co-designed. Also broadcast on Radio National stations nationally, 10 November 2014.
  • National Indigenous Radio Service; 98.9 FM Brisbane: ''Unresolved trauma' contributes to child protection failures', Professor Fiona Arney discusses past and present circumstances leading to high rates of Aboriginal children being removed from families, National Indigenous Radio Service and 98.9 FM Brisbane, 10 November 2014.
  • InDaily News: 'Professionals “need common approach to children”, Christine Gibson has been named as part of a project team which has received funding to develop a national interdisciplinary framework for professionals working with children in the early years, InDaily news website reports, 24 October 2014.
  • The Adelaide Advertiser: 'Child carers face tougher tests for suitability', Deputy Director A/Prof Leah Bromfield discusses pre-employment screening as being just one part of a raft of strategies that are required to help reduce the risk of abuse of children by carers in out of home care facilities, 9 October 2014.
  • 5AA Radio: 'New University of SA data has put the heat on Famileis SA again', 07:30 News, Newsreader. 16 September 2014.
  • ABC Radio 891 - Adelaide, Adelaide, Breakfast, Matthew Abraham and David Bevan, A/Prof Leah Bromfield is interviewed, expressing her concern about the selection criteria and process for employing  people to key child protection positions in South Australia, 1 September 2014.
  • The Adelaide Advertiser: '"Stolen" alert as kids in care rise', Prof Fiona Arney is interviewed about the numbers of indigenous children who are placed in out-of home-care, and says that new thinking is needed to reverse the rising numbers, 27 August 2014.
  • 7:30 Report, National: Reporter Alex Mann interviewed Deputy Director Leah Bromfield for the 7:30 Report, National, discussing South Australia's child protection system, the recent allegations against a then-Families SA worker, and new documents that show long delays in investigating the abuse of Aboriginal children on the APY Lands. "SA's child protection system labelled 'fundamentally flawed'", 13 August 2014.
  • 7:30 Report, South Australia: A/Prof Bromfield spoke with Simon Royal for the 7:30 Report South Australia. Now to shocking allegations that a Families SA residential care worker abused 7 young children in his care. The department and government says the man passed all pre-employment checks although today there are reports a care concern had been raised about the man a year ago but no evidence was found to back further action'Interview with Leah Bromfield', 28 July 2014.
  • ABC News: A/Prof Bromfield discussed how greater vigilance is the only effective measure at a time when criminals are matching efforts by government agencies and police to identify child abusers. "We now have to recognise that, as our systems become more secure, our perpetrators become more and more manipulative," she says. 'Child sex abuse allegations: Vigilance the key say child protection advocates', 23 July 2014.
  • ABC Radio 666 - Canberra, 'News', quoting A/Prof Leah Bromfield's discussion on allegations against a previous Families SA worker and potential SA child protection system reform, 23 July 2014.
  • ABC Radio 891 - Adelaide, Breakfast, Matthew Abraham and David Bevan,  'News Headlines'. Quoting A/Prof Leah Bromfield's discussion regarding potential reform for SA's child protection system, 23 July 2014.
    This was also broadcast from the following 5 stations: ABC Broken Hill, ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast (Port Lincoln), ABC Nort and West SA (Port Pirie), ABC Riverland SA (Renmark), ABC South East SA (Mt Gambier).
  • Triple J, Sydney, 10:00 News, Wednesday 23 July, 'News'. Quoting A/Prof Leah Bromfield, discussing allegations against a Families SA worker and potential child protection system reform. 23 July 2014.
    This was also broadcast from the following 7 stations: Triple J (Perth), Triple J (Melbourne), Triple J (Canberra), Triple J (Brisbane), Triple J (Adelaide), Triple J (Hobart), Triple J (Darwin).
  • ABC Radio 6:30 News - Central Australia: A/Prof Leah Bromfield interviewed on child protection systems in the Northern Territory (Board of Inquiry). 
  • ABC News 24, Sydney:  'Interview with Leah Bromfield, Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection'. Kim Landers and Tony Eastley interviewed A/Prof Bromfield on ABC News 24, Sydney, 'News Afternoons', Tuesday 22 July. Dr Bromfield said the news that a Government-employed carer of children in out-of-home care has been charged with child sexual abuse is devastating. She outlined how checks on potential employees are extensive yet such cases keep occurring and that lone environments definitely increase risks for children. She also explained how wherever cases are highlighted it creates awareness and other victims tend to come forward, 22 July 2014.
    This was also broadcast from the following 10 stations: ABC News 24 (Melbourne), ABC News 24    (Regional   NSW), ABC News 24 (Brisbane), ABC News 24 (Adelaide), ABC News 24 (Perth), ABC News 24 (Regional Queensland), ABC News 24 (Hobart), ABC News 24 (Canberra), ABC News 24 (Regional Victoria), ABC News 24 (Regional Western Australia). 
  • ABC Darwin, Darwin:, 22:00 News,  'Child protection advocate Leah Bromfield discusses the recent allegations'. 22 July 2014. This was also broadcast from ABC Alice Springs.
  • ABC Radio 720 - Perth, Perth, 20:00 News,  - 'Child protection advocate Leah Bromfield discusses the recent allegations'. 22 July 2014.
    This was also broadcast from the following 7 stations: ABC Goldfields WA (Kalgoorlie), ABC Great Southern (Albany), ABC Kimberlry (Broome), ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt (Geraldton), ABC North West WA (Karratha), ABC South West WA (Bunbury), Radio National (Perth).
  • The Adelaide Advertiser: A/Prof Leah Bromfield commented on identifying vulnerable parents, like teenage mothers, and providing them with more sustained support to better assist them. Novak, L. & Akerman, T. 'Younger parents must be helped in wake of death of Chloe Valentine, experts say', 06 April 2014.

  • The Inverell Times: Ambassador Aunt Sue Blacklock was featured in an article highlighting her commitment to giving Aboriginal children safe and loving refuge, and returning to them the understanding of who they are and where they come from. Jedlicka, M. 'The guardian of the flock', 21 March 2014.

  • Deadly Vibe: The Centre's exciting announcement was featured in 'Giving our kids a voice', Prof Arney and Aunt Sue Blacklock also discussed the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care and how such care, outside from the children's local community, risks another Stolen Generation. Prof Arney also highlighted pivotal new national research by the Centre which can help reduce this risk. 31 January 2014.

  • Koori Mail: Gamilaraay Elder Sue Blacklock was announced as the Centre's first Ambassador for Children. Ms Blacklock was recognised for a lifetime of community work and her dedication to protecting Aborignal children. 'Blacklock named first Ambassador for Children by child protection centre', 30 January 2014.

  • NITV News:  Director Fiona Arney welcomes Elder Aunt Sue Blacklock as the Centre's first Ambassador for Children. 29 January 2014.

  • SBS News:'Aboriginal elder appointed Ambassador for Children'. SBS News featured the Centre's special meeting in Sydney, where Aunt Sue Blacklock was announced as the Centre's first Ambassador. 29 January 2014.

  • NationTalk: Featured the Centre's exciting news: 'Aboriginal elder appointed Ambassador for Children - SBS', 29 January 2014.

  • Media Release:  'Aboriginal Elder becomes first Australian Centre for Child Protection Ambassador for Children'- Director Fiona Arney held a special meeting on 28 January 2014 in Sydney to announce nationally respected Elder Aunt Sue Blacklock as the Centre's first Ambassador for Children. Aunt Sue is dedicated to improving the lives of Aboriginal children in care and is renowned for her lifetime of community work. 28 January 2014.

  • The Inverell Times: Aboriginal Elder Aunt Sue Blacklock was announced as the Centre's first Ambassador for Children. Aunt Sue is dedicated to improving the lives of Aboriginal children in care and is nationally renowned for her lifetime of community work. 'Elder improving lives of children', 28 January 2014.

  • Media Release: 'Perfect time to add to the "explosion of knowledge" in child protection' - Director Arney discusses how the ability to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, at an early career stage, coupled with an "explosion of knowledge" into the causes and methods of preventing and tackling child abuse and neglect, makes now a perfect time for students to consider careers in child protection. 22 January 2014.

  • The Adelaide Advertiser: Prof Arney discussed the Council for the Care of Children's latest report which enables policy makers to measure progress and identify priorities for action. Novak, L. 'System failing our abused and neglected kids', 21 November 2013. This article also appeared in The Brisbane Courier-Mail.

  • The Brisbane Courier-Mail: Prof Arney discussed the Council for the Care of Children's latest report which enables policy makers to measure progress and identify priorities for action. Novak, L. 'Child protection system still failing abused and neglected kids', 21 November 2013. This article also appeared in The Advertiser, 'System failing our abused and neglected kids'.

  • Channel 9: National Nine News: Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection and Chair for the Council for the Care of Children, Prof Arney was interviewed for 6PM National Nine News, discussing the alarming revelation that up to one in 20 children are not living with their parents. The figure is revealed in the latest report by the Council for the Care of Children into the wellbeing of SA's youngest children, 21 November 2013.

  • News.com.au: Prof Fiona Arney discussed research from the Australian Centre for Child Protection and how the Council for the Care of Children's report enables policy makers to measure progress and identify priorities for action, 'Child protection system still failing abused and neglected kids', 21 November 2013.

  • The Daily Telegraph Australia: Prof Sharon Dawe discussed a proposed law that would allow mothers to surrender babies toa doctor or nurse in a hospital or clinic. A similar system is used in the US. Novak, L. 'Push for baby hatch for new mums to give up their babies', The Daily Telegraph Australia, . This story also featured in The Advertiser, p14 and Allvoices: Mainstream news.  20 November 2013.
  • Community Net. Tri Community Exchange: Director Fiona Arney and Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott's new book, Working with Vulnerable Families: A Partnership Approach, 2nd edition, was featured as an essential resource, 13 November 2013.
  • The Adelaide Advertiser: A/Prof Leah Bromfield's research for Families SA into reports and notifications to child protection authorities about children who are abused or neglected by family members was featured in an article. It is hoped the study will lead to a model social workers can use to predict the likelihood a child will be subjected to ongoing abuse or neglect. Novak, L. 'Analysis shows nearly 60 per cent of abused children are subject of repeat reports', 10 November 2013. This article was also featured in Herald Sun.

  • Herald Sun: A/Prof Leah Bromfield's research for Families SA into reports and notifications to child protection authorities about children who are abused or neglected by family members. It is hoped the study will lead to a model social workers can use to predict the likelihood a child will be subjected to ongoing abuse or neglect. Novak, L. 'Analysis shows nearly 60 per cent of abused children are subject of repeat reports', 10 November 2013. This article was also featured in The Advertiser.

  • News.com.au: A/Prof Bromfield's research for Families SA is featured in Novak, L. 'Analysis shows nearly 60 per cent of abused children are subject of repeat reports', 10 November 2013.

  • Media Release: 'Shaping child protection in the 21st Century' - Australian Centre for Child Protection Director, Professor Fiona Arney, and Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott launched the second edition of their book: Working with Vulnerable Families, A Partnership Approach at the 13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, on November 13. The conference also showcased 19 presentations from experts at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, on subjects ranging from parental impact on child emotional regulation, to interventions for children prenatally exposed to alcohol, 08 November 2013.

  • ABC Radio National - Life Matters: Adjunct Professor Sharon Dawe was interviewed by Natasha Mitchell on ''safe havens' for babies', . The program discussed a proposal to introduce a 'baby safe haven' as there is in the US, which would allow distressed morthers who do not want to parent their baby a safe place to leave them. The program also discussed other support services that might be possible before the legislation is introduced. Also broadcast on Radio National (Sydney), Radio National (Melbourne), Radio National (Perth), Radio National (Hobart), Radio National (Adelaide), Radio National (Darwin), Radio National (Newcastle). 7 November 2013.

  • YouTube: Dr Sara McLean, Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, discusses the impact of out-of-home care on a child in 'Managing the impact of out-of-home care'. The discussion with Anglicare Victoria's Susan Wilson starts by asking how children end up in out-of-home care to start with. This YouTube clip is presented by Anglicare Victoria. 29 October 2013.

  • Media  Release: 'Giving children a voice when it comes to their own protection'- Dr Sara Mclean and UniSA Psychology Honours student Samantha Finan, who is undertaking her research at the Centre, explain the Centre's newly developed unique communications tool. The tool has been piloted with children who were the subject of a child protection investigation in Western Australia, giving them the chance to have their say about their experience at the focus of those investigations, 15 October 2013.

  • Media Release: 'Understanding children's behaviour is key to foster care support' - Dr Sara McLean's study was featured, 15 October 2013.

  • The Adelaide Advertiser: 'Understanding children's behaviour is key to foster care support' - Dr Sara McLean, Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, discussed her recent research in the Advertiser, 'Foster care: problem children in focus', 15 October 2013.

  • Medical Xpress: 'Understanding children's behaviour key to foster care support- Dr Sara McLean's research was featured in Medical Xpress news feature, 15 October 2013.

  • Media  Release: 'Centre's leaders meet the Centre's patron, the Governor-General of Australia, the Hon. Quentin Bryce AC CVO' - Prof Fiona Arny and A/Prof Leah Bromfield represented the Centre at the Governor-General's invite-only celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Benevolent Society at Admiralty House, Kirribilli, 08 October 2013.

  • AIFS Newsletter: 'Research study: Child protection practitioners' beliefs about the placement of children in out-of-home care' - Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) newsletter, 23 September 2013.

  • Radio Adelaide 101.5: Associate Professor Leah Bromfield, Deputy Director of the Australian Centre For Child Protection, talks about the issue of domestic violence in relation to parenting and the role of fathers in families on Radio Adelaide, 07 September 2013.

  • Healthy Development Adelaide: 3 September 2013, Australian Centre for Child Protection jointly hosted a forum with NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) as part of National Child Protection Week to an audience of 140 people. Prof Arney delivered a timely presentation as part of the forum. 'HDA co-hosts 'Play Your Part' event at National Child Protection Week'.

  • YouTube:  Professor Arney's video-recorded presentation 'Play Your Part' launched "Protecting Children is Everyone's Business" - the theme for National Child Protection Week September 2013.

  • Online websites: Professor Fiona Arney was featured on the National Child Protection Week  'Play Your Part' website and the Australian Centre for Social Innovation's website when she officially presented the Australian Centre for Social Innovation's 'Family by Family' initiative with the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect's (NAPCAN) 'Play Your Part Award'. 2-8 Sep 2013.

  • The Adelaide Advertiser: Professor Arney's work was highlighted in 'People urged to play greater role in protecting children', 02 September 2013.

  • The Australian:  Professor Arney talks about the responsibility everyone has in protecting children and the positive power of intervention, in Schriever, J. 'People urged to play greater role in protecting children', The Australian, 02 September 2013.

  • Perth Now News: Professor Arney's work was highlighted in 'People urged to play greater role in protecting children', 02 September 2013.

  • Media Release: 'Recognising the responsible role of fatherhood' - A/Prof Leah Bromfield discussed her research into family violence and parenting, 30 August 2013.

  • LawyersWeekly: Australian Centre for Child Protection's National Advisory Board Chair, The Hon. Robyn Layton AO QC was awarded the Justice Award which recognises outstanding commitment to access to justice in SA, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. The award was the feature of Gorman, B. 'Society honours SA's justice leaders'Lawyers Weekly, 12 August 2013.

  • BC Indigenous News : Professor Fiona Arney's comment on the ATSI Child Placement Principle, Bennet, G. 'NT magistrate says Indigenous children's rights neglected', 21 July 2013.

  • ABC News: Prof Fiona Arney commented on the application of the ATSI Child Placement Principle, Bennet, G. 'Top NT magistrate says placement policy neglects human rights of Indigenous children', 21 July 2013.

  • The Adelaide Advertiser: Professor Fiona Arney provided commentary on an Independent Commissioner for Children and Young People in the article 'A voice for our children', 17 July 2013.

  • The Inverell Times: Winangay Resources and the Centre have collaborated to develop a range of culturally appropriate methods to help keep Aboriginal children in the care of Aboriginal families. It is the first child protection tool of its type to undergo this type of evidence-based research in Australia, and will build on the evidence obtained in the original Winangay pilot. 'Keeping kids in their culture', 16 July 2013.

  • ABC Radio 105.7 - Darwin: Professor Fiona Arney was interviewed on ABC radio in relaiton to foster programs for Indigenous children. The story also ran on ABC online, July 2013.

  • The Stringer: Independent News The Stringer featured Professor Arney in Butler, N. 'National call to reduce high number of Aboriginal children removed', 10 June 2013.

  • The Australian: Professor Arney was featured in Edwards, V. 'Keep care for kids 'within family', The Australian, 27 May 2013. She discussed how Aboriginal communities should be funded to support them looking after neglected children, rather than taking them from their family and culture.

  • Sydney Morning Herald: Edwards, V. 'Keep care for kids 'within family'', Professor Arney discussed the increasing number of children in foster care and the lack of evidence-based research being done for indigenous communities, 27 May 2013.

  • The Weekend Australian: Professor Arney was featured in Edwards, V. "Keep care for kids 'within family'", The Australian, 27 May 2013.

  • SBS 1- SBS Insight: A/Prof Leah Bromfield appeared on SBS Insight - 'What's Best For The Child' - hosted by Jenny Brockie. Leah provided special comments on the night's discussion topic: parenting with intellectual disability. 23 April 2013

  • The Australian: Professor Fiona Arney was featured in Akerman, P. 'Officials 'hinder child protection services'', 12 April 2013.

  • Let's Talk - 98.9 FM Brisbane: Professor Fiona Arney's piece regarding 'Making the national apology count for Indigenous children', was featured on the Indigenous radio station 98.9 FM Brisbane Let's Talk: Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event, 16 February 2013.

  • The Conversation: 'Making the national apology count for Indigenous children',  Centre Director Professor Fiona  Arney writes about making the national apology count for Indigenous children, 13 February 2013.

  • SBS Radio National: Professor Arney discussed the over-representation of Aboriginal and Tores Strait Islander children in out-of-home care and the failed implementation of responses to this issue, 13 February 2013.

  • SBS Ethnic Radio National: Professor Fiona Arney discussed in an interview child protection in Aboriginal communities and says a greater understanding of why child sex abuse and neglect is happening and what is driving it, is needed, with greater involvement of the community, 6 February 2013, Melbourne.
  • YouTube: , Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott provides a 90 second glimpse at the issues facing the prevention of children from going into state care. This video is part of Families Australia's '90 seconds with' series featuring key child and family protection figures. 01 January 2013.
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website: The Centre-led consortium is featured on the Research program page for the Royal Commission, 2013.

  • ABC1 Darwin: A/Prof Leah Bromfield discussed the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern Territory, 2013.
  • Noodls news website: commends Centre's new communications tool - Noodls  featured Dr Mary Salveron and Honours student Samantha Finan's work on a communications tool developed to give children the chance to have a say about their experience in child protection investigations.
  • Health Canal: highlights how the Australian Centre for Child Protection is working to improve parenting experiences - Health Canal picks up news that the Australian Centre for Child Protection is working with the University of Western Australia on a project aiming to improve the parenting experiences of children and the safety of women, in 2013.
  • Online media sites: Associate Professor and Deputy Director Leah Bromfield discussed the CREATE report card for children and young people in out-of-home care, which was released on peak media websites, 2013.
  • 5AA Radio: 'A study of Families SA cases by the University of SA's Child Protection Centre has found more than half the reports involving at risk children are not investigated.  Also broadcast from 5CS (Port Pirie), and 5RM (Berri).

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Events

Archived Centre Events

Karen Fitzgerald Fund Oration - 'Uncommon common approaches: Working aspirationally and inspirationally to support our most vulnerable children and young people', Tuesay 4 February 2014

Professor Fiona Arney is to be the Inaugural Guest Orator at the Karen Fitzgerald Fund Oration. The Oration will be followed by a panel discussion focused on collaborative practice by representatives of key interagency partners in child protection. It is the inaugural professional development event held by the Karen Fitzgerald Fund for Children and Young People and is held in conjunction with the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation.

Tuesday 4 February 2014. 4:30pm-6:15pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
The Centre encourages child and family service practitioners and interested parties to RSVP by Tuesday 28 January 2014.

View the flyer. All proceeds of the event go to the Karen Fitzgerald Fund.

13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, November 10-13, 2013.

 The conference, held in Melbourne, saw a total of 19 presentations from the Australian Centre for Child Protection's experts, on subjects ranging from parental impact on child emotional regulation, to interventions for children prenatally exposed to alcohol.

Australian Centre for Child Protection's Director, Professor Arney, says the four day conference was an opportunity for the Centre to promote awareness of the prevention of harm to children across the fields of policy, practice and research, as well as outlining what steps can be taken when maltreatment occurs.

"There has always been a desire to prevent harm to children but it's not always been known what can be done to prevent harm", says Prof Arney.
"This is where the knowledge base is expanding and it is the focus of our work as a centre to add to that knowledge through research, creating practical solutions for practitioners to tackle abuse and neglect at the earliest stages.

This focus on prevention and a broadening definition of what constitutes abuse and a greater focus on tackling the risk factors that can lead to abuse, are key themes driving changes in the field of child protection and are the subject of Professor Arney and Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott's book: Working with Vulnerable Families, A Partnership Approach, which received its second edition launch at the prestigious Conference, November 13.

Shaping child protection in the 21st Century - the Centre launches key new book

08 November 2013 - A broader definition and understanding of what constitutes child abuse and a greater focus on tackling the risk factors that can lead to abuse, are key themes driving change in the field of child protection, believes Australian Centre for Child Protection Director, Professor Fiona Arney. These themes are the subject of Professor Arney and Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott's book: Working with Vulnerable Families, A Partnership Approach which will receive its second edition launch at the 13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, on November 13.

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Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection chairs a panel on "Child Protection in the coming decades: What will it look like?"

Prof Arney chaired the panel of experts at the Investing in Families and Communities: Prevention + Integration + Innovation Family and Relationship Services Australia Conference in Canberra, 5-7 November. She detailed how collaboration and support can trigger lasting change and turn the tide on the growing number of children placed in out-of-home care, which has more than doubled in Australia, since 2001*.

"The themes from the paanel were about developing a system which has children at the heart of it - which is focused on promoting positive development, and recognises that parents and families want support from other parents and families, and want services to work together to help them reach the aspirations of their children", says Prof Arney.

"This is also about providing a system of care and support around children through their families, communities and social networks rather than letting children slip through the gaps."

*(Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Children in out of home care: 18, 241 in 2001 to 37,648 in 2011).

Our leaders meet with our patron, the Governor-General of Australia, the Honourable Quentin Bryce, AV CVO

Professor Fiona Arney and Associate Professor Leah Bromfield represented the Australian Centre for Child Prtoection at the Governor-General of Australia, The Hon. Quentin Bryce AC CVO and Centre patron's invite-only Morning tea to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Benevolent Society at Admiralty House, Kirribilli, on 8 October 2013.

Play Your Part: Protecting children is everybody’s business:

The Centre jointly hosted a forum with Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) and NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) as part of National Child Protection Week. Tuesday 3 September 2013. Please see attached program for full details. Highlights of the forum, including key speeches that were presented on the day are available to view here: (Link to video)

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Free Public Seminar - Think Child, Think Family, Think Community

Professor Fiona Arney, Chair of Child Protection and Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection presented a free public seminar as part of the Master of Family Studies Seminar Series presented by the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle. Titled Think Child, Think Family, Think Community: Multidisciplinary approaches to supporting families from refugee background, the seminar was a key learning opportunity for professionals, practitioners and students. 5pm-6.15pm Monday, 5 August 2013.

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Information Exchange

Associate Professor Leah Bromfield attended the VIP launch of the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Information Exchange in Melbourne. The information exchange aims to provide quality, evidence-based publications and resources for professionals in the areas of protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities.

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'Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry' - Report tabled

On February 28, Minister Mary Wooldridge tabled the report of the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry in the Victorian Parliament. Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott, Acting Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, was one of the three members of the panel which conducted the 12 month inquiry into Victoria's system for protecting vulnerable children.

National Framework Implementation Working Group meeting

Professor Fiona Arney attended the National Framework Implementation Working Group meeting and participated in a discussion about the next three year action plan for the National Framework.

Partnership with the Aboriginal Family Support Service

The Centre recently won a five year working partnership with the Aboriginal Family Support Service (AFSS) to further strengthen the Centre's understanding and research capacity of AFSS, in particular with regards to Aboriginal child wellbeing.

Other events

Australian Council on Children and the Media - 'Quality Play and Media 2014: Care and education in early and middle childhood'

8 July 2014, 9:00am-4:30pm, Adelaide.
The Australian Council on Children and the Media - Children Communities Connections Learning Network are holding training on 'Quality Play and Media 2014: Care and education in early and middle childhood'. This is aimed at professionals, families and others concerned with the wellbeing of children. The training is designed to addresses what can be done to make better use of the more creative, educational electronic media and avoid apps which may be harmful.
Keynote speakers: Dr Kate Highfield, Professor Margaret Sims and Dr C Glenn Cupit.
Early bird registration by 31 May 2014.

AIC twitter tileThe 2nd Biennial Australian Implementation Conference (AIC 2014)

Register now for the 2nd Biennial Australian Implementation Conference, which will be held 17-18 September 2014 at Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, Australia. The theme of the conference is 'Solving complex implementation Problems'. Co-hosted by the Parenting Research Centre and ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Collaboration), the conference aims to advance implementation results in better health, education and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and families.

AIC 2014 will assist human services sectors working in complex service environments to explore advances in implementation science. Professionals engaged in implentation, including researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, community and organisational leaders from the health, education and human services sectors will benefit this event, which follows on from the widely acclaimed first Australian Implementation Conference in Melbourne in 2012, which brought together over 400 participants from these fields.

Submit abstracts by 4 May 2014.

Register now : Early Bird registrations close 3 August 2014 and Final Registrations close 10 September 2014.

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The CREATE Foundation's inaugral national conference and photographic exhibition

CREATE Foundation are holding their conference, Strength to Strength: improving the care system for children and young people through participation, from the 22nd to the 24th of November 2013 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The conference brings together child protection professionals, academics, case workers, carers, Members of Parliament and young people with a care experience.

Strength to Strength is an exceptional professional development opportunity for anyone interested in issues affecting children and young people in care. Furthermore, young people will play a significant role in conference presentation and co-facilitating, as well as speaking at all workshops with discussions addressing the barriers and solutions to issues that affect young people in care. This gives professionals an incredible opportunity to speak to listen and speak to the real experts - young people with out-of-home care experience.

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The Good Childhood Conference, 10th & 11th October 2013

Vulnerable children and young people depend on others to protect them and ensure they enjoy all the benefits of a good childhood. Young people, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and academics with an interest in child protection, out of home care and youth leadership know that for far too many children their childhood has been a precarious time marked by trauma, neglect and uncertainty.

With 7 keynote speakers and 50 concurrent sessions, including 9 further keynote presentations, The Good Childhood Conference explores what sustains a good childhood and how we best support those who have not experienced a good childhood. The conference provides an opportunity to examine the challenges we face in the 21st Century as we strive to ensure all children have a good childhood.

Conference speakers include:

  • Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, internationally renowned neuroscientist, on supporting children and young people to thrive, achieve and belong; and on how modern technologies impact on how children & young people think and feel.
  • Professor Marie Connolly acclaimed social work leader in child protection practice and Chair of the University of Melbourne Social Work Department
  • Dr. Bruce D Perry (via video link) internationally-recognised authority on child trauma from the Child Trauma Academy (CTA)
  • Professor Muriel Bamblett, AM passionate advocate for Indigenous children, young people and families and CEO Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Richard Rose, Director, Child Trauma Intervention Services UK
  • Young people that are re-shaping the world in which they live.

Concurrent sessions will feature presentations with a focus on vulnerable children and young people from Robyn Miller, Victorian Department of Human Services; Associate Professor Philip Mendes, Monash University; Associate Professor Pamela Snow, Monash University; Meredith Kiraly, University of Melbourne; Gregory Nicolau, Australian Childhood Trauma Group; Connections: Child, Youth & Family Services; Adjunct Associate Professor Annette Jackson, Berry Street Take Two; Trish McCluskey, Julian Pocock and Anita Pell from Berry Street.

There are also pre-conference workshops with three of our keynote presenters.

View the full conference program here.  

View the Flyer.

Read and comment on the blog: www.goodchildhood.wordpress.com

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