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Interviewing Children in the Context of Allegations of Reportable Conduct or Professional Misconduct against Employees

Conducting investigative interviews with children when allegations have been made against staff about reportable conduct or professional misconduct. Introduction to investigative interviewing practice: The purpose and function of investigative interviews The investigative interview framework Child development and how it relates to interviewing practice Planning for the investigative interview Recording the interview: good practice standards How to question children in a... [More]

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Casework on trial: appearing as a witness in the Children's Court of NSW

When children are taken into statutory care, other than temporarily, Community Services must file a proceeding in the Children’s court. In other cases, a parent may file an application under s.90 of the Care Act, seeking restoration of a child or children to their care. If the court proceeding continues to a final hearing, caseworkers may be required to attend court to be cross-examined about the actions taken and the department’s recommendations. If an NGO is involved with the... [More]

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Guardianship Application Documentation

A Guardianship application is more than just doing an assessment of the potential guardian. It is a complex process requiring preparation of documents for court and co-ordination between funded service providers and FACS personnel. This course will cover all of the key tasks required for a Guardianship application. The course is in two parts: Part 1: Distance learning You will be provided with pre-course information and be expected to satisfactorily complete a knowledge quiz about... [More]

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Introduction to Structured Decision Making® Restoration Assessment Tool

Participants will understand the Structured Decision Making® Safety and Risk Assessments used by FACS NSW and how those assessments integrates with the SDM Restoration Assessment tool they will use in restoration casework to support the difficult decisions including whether or not to continue or discontinue restoration efforts, or restore the child home at this time. This 2 day course includes a focus on restoration practice as well as the SDM tools, and at the completion of this... [More]

Everyday Play Skills and Attachment Rich Experiences for Use in Foster Care

The majority of children in out-of-home care (OOHC) present with significant emotional and behavioural difficulties yet only a small proportion access therapeutic support. Children who have experienced early and persistent harm often struggle to engage in ‘structured’ therapy while foster families can feel excluded or cut-off from professional efforts to support children in their care. The aim of this workshop is to help participants develop their skills in trauma-informed therapy... [More]

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Making the Intolerable Coherent: Working with Children in Care with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are placed in out-of-home care (OOHC) present with high and complex needs stemming from their early experiences of harm as well as a persistent developmental delay. Trauma informed systems often struggle to engage with children who present with autistic traits while developmental health services are all too often confounded by aspects of OOHC systems such as placement change. This workshop aims to help participants bring together... [More]

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Understanding the importance of positive behaviour support plans

This course is about gaining an understanding of Restricted Practices, legislative requirements, practical implications, processes, and how best to support and care for children and young people in out of home care. You will gain an understanding of what a restricted practice is, the importance of gaining approval for use of restricted practices, and the relationship between restricted practices, behaviour management, and positive behaviour support. By having a sound understanding... [More]

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Trauma Informed Behaviour Support for Kids

Children and young people in out-of-home care often display behaviours that are challenging both for carers, and other people in the community. During this workshop you will gain an understanding of what positive behaviour support is, and learn about the basic underpinning framework. This is an essential prerequisite for providing support to children with high needs in residential care, intensive foster care and supported family placements. This workshop will provide participants... [More]

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Briefing and Masterclass Fostering NSW

Briefing and Master Class in preparation for the next advertising wave Families Week 15 – 21 May Audience – any staff who work in foster care recruitment 1. Briefing about FNSW advertising campaign and PR activities – 20 mins 2. Co-ordinated media coverage in areas – role of ACWA and FACS and agencies – 20 mins 3. Preparedness and Readiness –websites and advertising material – 25 mins 4. Planning shared info sessions in the regions/ areas? Lead time/ forward promotion in local news... [More]

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NDIS: The Interface with Out-of-Home Care


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