Reaching Out to Vulnerable Families; Achieving Better Outcomes for Children

Venue: The Sebel, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Event Date/Time: Nov 19, 2008 End Date/Time: Nov 21, 2008
Registration Date: Nov 05, 2008
Early Registration Date: Aug 29, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 29, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Feb 29, 2008
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Evidence abounds that the early care giving environment plays a crucial role in a child’s healthy development: a warm, caring and nurturing relationship with the child’s carers will maximise emotional, psychological, social and intellectual development and assist the journey to stable, productive and fulfilled adulthood.

The challenge for us all is how to engage and work more effectively with diverse communities and the families which might not readily engage with our services. Working to effect improved outcomes for those children at risk of poorer life outcomes depends on us meeting this challenge. The QEC conference provides a wonderful opportunity for us to come together to share and increase our understanding of what works best, from current research findings to practical examples from the field.

The contribution of the staff providing services to children and families cannot be underestimated and has been demonstrated as the crucial element in successful outcomes. Recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce poses a very real challenge to the quality of services available to children and families in the future. We are pleased to include in our 2008 conference themes, an opportunity to explore best practice in supporting and developing partnerships between organisations and their staff in our combined efforts towards assisting families and developing community capacity.

The conference themes are:
Building responsive and resilient organisational culture; understanding and responding to staff and community
-How to recruit and retain staff
-Developing and supporting staff to partner with families who are vulnerable
-Reflective practice/clinical supervision to support and develop staff and organisational culture
-Addressing the safety needs of staff involved in working with families with complex life issues

Building reflective and relationship based models of practice: Partnering with families for effective outcomes

-Engaging CALD & Indigenous families
-Delivering services from a mainstream platform
-Creative service models as frameworks to successfully engage families
-Developing culturally competent organisations
-Engaging fathers
-Focussing on fathering in service design and delivery
-Father inclusive best practice examples from the field
-Promoting maternal and infant mental health
-Focus on the developing mother-child relationship in the perinatal period
-Building resilience through strengthening parent/carer-child interactions in the early years
-Helping to keep the baby in mind; promoting reflective awareness to build sensitive and responsive parenting
-Video interactional guidance as a powerful tool in working with parents and their children
-Protecting the safety and wellbeing of young children
-Working with families in the child protection system to promote and sustain change
-Frameworks for parenting assessment and the capacity for change
-Partnerships in service development for children and families most at risk
-Innovative court practices to support better outcomes for children and families


Additional Information

Welcome to QEC’s Fifth International Biennial Conference Reaching Out to Vulnerable Families: Achieving Better Outcomes for Children Venue: The Sebel Albert Park Date: 20 & 21 November 2008 (19 November - Pre Conference Workshops) QEC Conference Managers International Delegate Enquiries: +61 2 9265 0890 Delegate Enquires: 1300 799 691 Speaker Enquires: +61 3 9417 0888 Email: