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AIFS – Collaborative practice in child and family welfare: Building practitioners’ competence

11 March @ 12:00 am AEDT

This event is hosted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies and Child Family Community Australia

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Presenters: Nicole Paterson, Toni Cash, Chloe Warrell

Practitioners working with children and families often need to collaborate with other welfare professionals as part of their everyday practice. Collaboration across sectors – child protection, child and family welfare, youth services, mental health, housing, family violence – is recognised as a way to improve not only service coordination but, ultimately, outcomes for children and families. While various policy and practice frameworks encourage collaboration, less attention is given to the practitioner skills needed to collaborate at the grassroots – that is, a practitioner’s ‘collaborative competence’.

This webinar will summarise recent research on what works to strengthen practitioners’ collaborative competence. Drawing on a recent paper by CFCA, it will outline three strategies for developing collaborative competence: • understanding the differences between sectors • clarifying the specifics of collaboration • communicating with collaborative partners. A case study of a partnership between child protection and a community outreach service for high-risk young people in Queensland will illustrate how these strategies can be applied in practice; and specifically, how they are translated into shared values and principles that guide collaborative practice between practitioners. This webinar will be of interest to professionals working in child protection, child and family welfare, mental health, housing, alcohol and other drugs, family violence, youth services and related services. We encourage you to test your system (https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/av-get-ready) before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions (https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/frequently-asked-questions-about-cfca-webinars). A recording of the webinar presentation, including powerpoint slides, audio and transcript, will be made available on the CFCA website after the event.


11 March
12:00 am



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