SWIRLS launches child protection course

Staff from Flinders’ Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS) and the state government’s Department for Child Protection came together last week for the launch of a new child protection course; ‘Responding to Domestic and Family Violence in the Context of Child Protection: Advanced Understanding and Leadership’.

Gathering at Flinders University’s Victoria Square campus, the event was attended by Katrine Hildyard MP, Minister for Child Protection and Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, along with Flinders’ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Romy Lawson.

Attendees also heard from SWIRLS Director Professor Sarah Wendt, Chief Executive of the Department of Child Protection Cathy Taylor and Project Lead Dr Carmela Bastian.

Co-designed by SWIRLS and DCP, the new course is designed to help DCP staff build on their expertise when working directly with families experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) and focusing on improved outcomes for children and young people.

More than 100 DCP staff are participating in the first intake, covering topics such as enhancing specialised skills in responding to children, young people and families experiencing DFV, developing a shared language and understanding to inform work with children, young people and families with complex needs and refining leadership skills in responding to domestic and family violence.

Read more about the new course here: https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2022/09/29/launch-of-unique-child-protection-course/

Dr Carmela Bastian, Professor Sarah Wendt, The Hon Katrine Hildyard MP, Cathy Taylor, Dr Kate Seymour, Professor Romy Lawson and DCP Lead Practitioner Claire Simmons.
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