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2016 Child Aware Approaches Conference 23-24th May, 2016

10 May 2016 9:43 AM | Deleted user

With just over two weeks to go, we are excited to
share some news about our keynote addresses


Ms June Oscar AO wins International Award


Congratulations to June Oscar who has just won the prestigious Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship 2016. She will receive her award on 19 May.

June is delivering the Families Australia Oration, Healing to thrive: building the collective strengths of our families for positive generational change, on Day One of the conference.

Young Experts to join Children's Commissioners on Panel


  Panellists: Cheryl VardonMark Morrissey, Adina Gunnis, Matthew BambrickBrookeAlasdair Roy (Chair)


The Expert Panel convened to address the conference key theme, Supporting young people in out-of-home care to flourish in adulthood is finalised.

“The way adults conceptualise children and young people has a significant impact on the policies, procedures and legislation adults create to support (and sometimes control) children and young people.” Be prepared for a conversation that will encourage us to think about organisational culture and practice as three young people join Children’s Commissioners to explore this inherent power imbalance and the impact it has on the lives of children and young people, including those in care.


National Framework Symposium



Panellists: Dr Brian Babington,  Dr Ros Baxter,  Dr Mark Collis,  Ms Cathy Taylor,  Mr Richard Weston,  Ms Maree WalkAndrew McCallum AM (Chair)

A panel representing the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing, Commonwealth, States and Territories will open Day Two of the Conference. Panellists will provide insights into the Third Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009 - 2020 Strategies and Implementation Plans. In particular, they will highlight ways in which the Third Action Plan aligns across national and jurisdictional policy and service delivery.

This will be an exciting opportunity for delegates to engage with speakers and focus on how local communities and organisations can contribute to, and work with, the Third Action Plan, Driving Change: Intervening Early.

Rates cheaper than early bird are available for three delegate registrations.
Highly competitive Student registration rates are available.

AASW and ACWA CPD endorsed - go in the draw to win the cost of your registration back by
adding the organisation that referred you (AASW or ACWA) during registration.



About the Conference

The two day conference aims to advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022,and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The conference is supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

CAA 2016  provides an exciting opportunity to advance thinking, showcase promising and innovative practice, encourage policy discourse and analysis and help to chart directions in three key areas:


1. Advancing children’s development and wellbeing in the first 1000 days.
Keynote speaker: Professor Kerry Arabena

2. Supporting young people in out-of-home care to flourish in adulthood.
Keynote speakers: Panel of Young Experts and State/Territory
Children's Commissioners

3. Building child safe organisations and environments.
Keynote speaker: Professor Ross Homel AO


The 2016 Child Aware Approaches Conference will be held at the

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 May 2016.

View the Program



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