2015 Conference

Child Aware Approaches Conference

Innovations in early intervention, community collaboration and partnership beyond the child & family welfare sector.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 18-19 May 2015

CAA 2015

Families Australia and the Australian Government Department of Social Services invites you to the 3rd annual Child Aware Approaches Conference (CAA 2015) in Melbourne, 18-19 May 2015. This conference is entitled Child Aware Approaches: Innovations in early intervention, community collaboration and partnership beyond the child & family welfare sector.

In 2015, the Child Award Approaches Conference will explore innovative ways to respond early to the needs of children and families, and identify ways for diverse organisations, professions and communities can work more closely together to promote child safety and wellbeing. The conference will help to highlight the importance of working together to prevent harm to children.

It is vital to developing effective policy and practice for the future that we thoroughly explore the ways in which a diversity of sectors such as education, sports, the arts and culture, as well as adult-focused services in housing, corrections, disability, family violence and mental health can, and must, contribute to advancing the goals of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children (2009-2020).

CAA 2015 will bring together a broad range of practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers interested in developing new strategies and forging new links to develop a deeper understanding of the approaches needed to make the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children a shared community responsibility.

The conference will provide a unique forum in which to advance thinking and innovative practice in five key thematic areas:

  • Building stronger partnerships across sectors
  • Strengthening families across the life course, including restoration of relationships
  • Detection and prevention strategies to prevent harm to children
  • Working with community leaders to improve outcomes for Indigenous children
  • Working within diverse communities to promote child aware approaches

Visit the conference website here.

Previous Conferences

2014 Conference

"Sharing, Building and Recognising Child Aware Innovation"

Building on the highly acclaimed, inaugural Child Aware Approaches Conference, Families Australia hosted the 2014 Child Aware Approaches Conference with the support of the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

The two day conference was an opportunity to showcase and disseminate knowledge about current research and innovative practices with the intention of replicating success, building greater capacity and recognising the uptake of Child Aware Approaches in the delivery of services. The conference contributed to the second three year action plan 2012-2015 under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, the National Mental Health Reform and the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Delegates from government, non-government and research sectors contributed to the national campaign to make the wellbeing and safety of Australia's children everyone's business and shared responsibility. 

Visit the website here.

2013 Conference

"Making Child Wellbeing and Safety Your Responsibility"

The conference was attended by over 300 people from government (Federal and State/Territory), non-government and research sectors to share innovative practices and resources and to contribute to the national campaign to make the wellbeing and safety of Australia's children everyone's business and shared responsibility. There were 62 presentations, 10 workshops and 20 displays of resources and posters where experts shared their thinking, knowledge and innovative practise.

Presentations and photos from the conference can be viewed on the conference web page, where a library of resources has begun and will continue to grow.

16-17 October 2008

"Meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families: dreaming the extraordinary, doing the extraordinary." A Symposium run by the Australian Centre for Child Protection and Families Australia. Further information is available here.

20 - 21 June 2007

"What counts? Defining, exploring and measuring family wellbeing." The National Family Wellbeing Symposium was organised by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU and Families Australia. Further information is available here.

24 October 2006

"Grandparenting - Present and Future." An expert forum convened by Families Australia. Further information is available here.

4 - 5 May 2006

"Work, Families and Wellbeing", A national forum run by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU and Families Australia. Further information is available here.