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girl painting Live streaming of Pathways of Care Study session at the 2016 ACWA Conference - Do you want to hear about the latest research on children and young people in out-of-home care? Visit at 11am on Wednesday 17 August. Four papers on Pathways of Care Study data will be presented at the ACWA Conference:   11.00-11.30am    Placement Stability Dr Fred Wulczyn, Chapin Hall Centre for Children University of Chicago   11.30-12.00pm      A Profile Continue Reading
2shining2016 Submissions now open for Shining a light on good practice 2016 - The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is calling on NGOs to make a submission to the Shining a light on good practice in NSW 2016 Report. Last year’s report featured a number of powerful stories from the non-government sector about their innovative and inspired work with children and families, plus examples of government and NGO practitioners working Continue Reading
shutterstock_96966710 We have a new Booking System! - The NGO and SHS Training Programs will be undergoing some changes as of 2016. From January onwards, all face-to-face courses will be managed by Managed Training Services (MTS). They will be responsible for all administrative duties, which includes: • Organising future training calendars • Maintaining an online booking system • Handling queries and providing ongoing support for participants MTS has set up Continue Reading
Shining a light on good practice 2015 - Shining a light on good practice in NSW 2015 shares 16 incredible stories of real life child protection work from FACS and our NGO partners. From child protection, out-of-home care, early intervention, pre-natal support and early intervention, these stories showcase the power of strong relationships and skilled, compassionate casework. Access the stories here.
girl painting Australian Social Policy Conference: The Pathways to Care Longitudinal Study - Government and NGO partners are invited to attend the Australian Social Policy Conference’s Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study special session... Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2015 Venue: University of New South Wales, Randwick The papers being presented at the Australian Social Policy Conference are: Study design and data collection by FACS Analysis and Research and I-view,  A comparison of kinship and Continue Reading
feature-images31 NGO Learning Centre wins gold - In November 2014 the NGO Learning Centre was announced Gold Winner for the LearnX Asia-Pacific Training Awards for best eLearning model (in the blended learning category). In the same month the NGO Learning Centre was also announced finalist for the AITD National Awards – in the category of best implementation of a blended learning solution. ‘Finalist’ may not sound as Continue Reading
feature-image21 Creating impact through innovation: NGO Forum 12 November 2014 - The FACS Murrumbidgee District held their most recent NGO Forum at Charles Sturt University on 12 November 2014 and invited the NGO Learning Centre team along to film a selection of the presenters. The theme for this NGO Forum was "Creating impact through innovation" PRESENTATION 1: THE STATE OF THE COMMUNITY SECTOR IN NSW Amanda Smithers from the Council of Continue Reading
FACS forum MG,CO,BM Nov 2014 Constance on the Edge: A new documentary film on the refugee experience in Australia - Whilst in Wagga Wagga attending the FACS Murrumbigee NGO Forum, we had the pleasure of being introduced to Constance Okot, a Sudanese refugee who has spent the last decade making Australia her new home. Her journey was first chronicled in the 2006 documentary I'll Call Australia Home, which portrayed two refugee families from Burma and Sudan discovering the joys and challenges of their Continue Reading
feature-images29 December 1: Seminar on Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Studies - Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Studies Of all the ways we respond to domestic and family violence, prevention is obviously the most preferable, and yet the evidence base for what works is very limited. This year FACS invested in three violence prevention studies to strengthen that evidence base and inform future investment decisions in policy and service design. We’d like Continue Reading
safe home for life Child Protection Reforms in effect - The NSW Government has introduced new legislation as part of the Safe Home for Life reform package to strengthen our child protection system so that every child in NSW has a 'Safe Home for Life'. The Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2014, which was passed in the NSW Parliament on 26 March 2014, changes the Children and Young Persons (Care Continue Reading