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TICS - Trauma Informed and Child Safe Organisations

Event number: 19129
1.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Chelsea Leach and Hayley Holst

Child Safe practices are based on situational crime prevention and designed to minimise the risk that children will experience abuse within an institution.  A Child Safe Organisation should also create a sense of safety and security within which children can experience healthy and healing relationships with adults. 

This presentation will explore what it means to be a Child Safe Institution and explore how this fits within a Trauma-Informed Framework.  The presentation is aimed at practitioners as well as management.  The presentation will provide an overview of the research on Child Safe Organisations from the Royal Commission Inquiry into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.  Following this, the presentation will explore what it means to develop a prevention-focused culture within any institution.  Through the analogy of beach safety, participants will learn about the underlying assumptions, values, norms and symbols involved in preventing drownings and consider how these may apply to preventing child abuse within institutions. 

Participants will leave the session with an increased understanding of what it means to have a Child Safe Culture and how this underpins trauma aware practices.  Finally, participants will have a series of key questions to begin a conversation within their workplace about being a Child Safe Organisation.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the research underpinning Child Safe Organisations
  • Understand the synergy and difference between Child Safe Organisations and Trauma-informed Frameworks
  • Develop questions for reflective practice and discussion in relation to Child Safe Organisations.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Leach has a research background in both Law and Psychology and is an endorsed Forensic Psychologist. Her research interests include systematic responses to child sexual assault and she has published several articles in this area, as well as worked on several research projects for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Her clinical experience includes working with young people in the child protection system, as well as adolescent sexual and violent offenders in both group and individual settings. She has worked in both strategic and management roles within child protection, education, police and justice sectors and was integral to the state-wide implementation and evaluation of the police led Coordinated Response to Young People At Risk program.
Ms Holst has worked in the Human Service sector since 2004 in frontline service delivery, as well as leadership and management roles in the child protection, youth, police and community sectors in both government and non-government environments. She has worked on collaborative projects targeted at providing early intervention and support to vulnerable families, as well as coordinated the delivery of youth programs in schools and within the Queensland Police Service. She has written and delivered training in a range of environments including childcare centres, schools, community organisations and government departments and developed specific training packages to meet the needs of the organisations she has worked in.


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Start date: 29/11/2017
End date: 29/11/2017
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm


CFP member $15
CFP student member $10.50
APS member: $22.50
APS student member: $13.50
Non APS member: $30


APS - College of Forensic Psychologists - QLD
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