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									            A magazine for people working with children
            and their families on the Central Coast

Issue 8
December 2006

 In This Issue
The Buzz                2     Diversity & Inclusion
Networks of
Practice Update         4

The Big Picture         9     Hello all and welcome to the 8th edition of The Family Net-Works magazine. This
                              issue contains lots of information about local and other events which may impact on
Service Focus          11     your service delivery; updated news for the CCNOP project and a Clearinghouse section
                              focussing on Diversity and Inclusion. Embracing diversity will enrich our services and
Learning Links         12
                              provide new ways of understanding the community we live and work in. Finding different
Conferences            14     ways to provide the most appropriate service to our clients and community members
                              is simply another aspect of striving for best practice. The Clearinghouse section has a
Clearing House         15     number of resources and websites you can access as well as some practical suggestions
                              you can think about.
Practice Tips          19

                              The second half of 2006 has been very busy and exciting for the CCNOP project. We
                              have welcomed a new Family Services Facilitator, Sue Winter, to assist me with the
If you have any comments
or suggestions for ways of    project as I have taken on some broader work within the Benevolent Society. Sue comes
improving The Family          with loads of experience in working with families as you can read about later in the
Net-Works or future topics,   journal. The CCNOP team has also moved premises to be now based at West Gosford,
please contact the            so we have been undergoing some changes. We have had two special practice forums
Central Coast Networks
of Practice Team.             (Playgroups and Parenting) and three regional family services forums (Allied Health
                              Services; Parenting and Review and 2007 Planning); lots of very successful learning and
We welcome contributions      development and we’ve completed and launched the poster resource for encouraging
from readers.                 inclusion of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse children in early childhood services. We
                              have also published the third edition of the Central Coast Practice X-change Journal.
The Networks
of Practice Team              I know we are not alone in our busyness- most workers we’ve talked to lately are also
Phone: (02) 4322 1600         tired at this time of the year and looking forward to a bit of a rest over the summer. So
Fax: (02) 4322 1177           let me take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and contributions to the            ongoing activities of the CCNOP project. These contributions ultimately mean you are            supporting each other to better service the community of the Central Coast.
                              On behalf of the CCNOP team,
                              I wish you all a restful, safe and
                              peaceful summer break.

                              Deb,                                                          Wish            fe
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                              On behalf of the CCNOP project team
                                                                                                 ap py ho
                              of Deb, Hellen and Sue                                    and h                ar!
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The Buzz
This section is devoted to what is going on locally and regionally. Let us know the latest
comings and goings of staff, new services or changes in programs and interesting titbits.

Comings and Goings
Farewell and welcome to the following workers…                      Service as the Multicultural Health Development
                                                                    officer, along with Nerilyn Lee, both of whom will
-     Farewell to Linden Rhodes who has finished
                                                                    work 24 hours.
      working with the Northern Wyong Integrated
      Child and Family Service. Linden is now working in      -     Welcome to Danielle Habib who is the new CSSS
      Sydney on a Health Promotion project.                         worker at Wyoming Community centre, replacing
-     Farewell to Sing Lander from the Banksia Centre
      whose position with Horizons finished after an          -     Farewell and thanks to Catherine Serventy , the
      internal restructure                                          Jigsaw project worker, whose project comes to an
                                                                    end late January. Catherine has been involved in
-     Farewell and welcome in a new role to Edna Wacher.
                                                                    supporting many workers and projects across the
      Edna has left her position as Community Settlement
                                                                    coast since the beginning of Jigsaw in 2000.
      Service worker with Wyoming Community Centre,
      but all is not lost- Edna has started a new position
      with Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health
Play Connect (C4C)                                                            Respite Ser vice
Outreach Early Childhood Community identification                     Centacare has so
                                                                                        me new respite se
& screening program that supports children & families                 is for younger pe                      rvices: One
                                                                                           ople with a disa
residing in the Southern Lakes Area (2261). It is an                 ongoing respite                          bility. All
                                                                                        packages are allo
opportunity for parents to access information, advice                June 2007. Two,                        cated until
                                                                                         Centacare has so
and recommendations for their child. Early childhood                 term respite av                         me short-
                                                                                        ailable for one-
community teachers can collect observations on the child            These are for ag                       off needs.
                                                                                        eing parent care
& strengthen and support the child & family. The family             years of age over                      rs (over 65
                                                                                          45 if ATSI) who
can also consult with other professionals. Its aims include         for a person with                       are caring
                                                                                        a disability who is
to facilitate the child and family’s access to services,           If there are gran                         under 65.
                                                                                       dparents who ar
information, assessments & funding based on their                  their grandchild                      e caring for
                                                                                      ren, they would
individual needs.                                                  or caseworkers                        fit. Families
                                                                                      are welcome to
                                                                   Thwaites to find                       ring Claire
                                                                                     out if they are elig
Phone: 02 4332 3981 Fax: 02 4334 6144                             discuss their need                      ible and to
                                                                                       s. We are providin                                     respite for situatio                      g one-off
                                                                                       ns when carers ne
                                                                  break, e.g hosp                          ed a short
                                                                                     itilisation, family
                                                                                                           crisis etc.
Congratulations and                                               Contact: (02) 4324

Farewell to Mick Pittman
Mick Pittman, a Community Program Officer with the            Late news: Mick Pittman has left his position at DoCS and
Department of Community Services, has been recognised         joined Workcover at Gosford... best of luck to Mick who
for voluntary work he has been involved with on the           will be missed in his professional capacity, although I am
Central Coast. Mick’s award recognises the work Mick          sure Mick will continue to contribute to the coast as a
has done with the Central Coast Aboriginal Men’s group        valued community member.
and younger Aboriginal men at Kariong correctional
centre. Mick had his award presented to him by the NSW
Aboriginal Affairs Minister at Gosford City Council. WELL

2                       Issue 8: The Buzz
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                                                              take stock and enjoy the
                                                                                          a chance to reflect back,
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                             wonderful daughters              • some things have be
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                                  note of respectability,         welcome you to
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Central Coast Networks of Practice (CCNOP) Update
                                                                     Again the year has taken off in many directions for CCNOP. Some

                             SPOTLIGHT                               developments which you may be interested in include:

                                                                     -   CCNOP Family Services Network Regional Forums: Since the last
                                                                         magazine we have had forums addressing: Allied Health Services;
                                                                         Parenting and finally, a review of the year and planning for next
        Sue Winter                                                       year’s activities.

        Family Services Facilitator,
        Benevolent Society

    1. Who do you consider
       to be the three great
       leaders of our time?
       •	 Eleanor	Roosevelt
       •	 My	Mom
       •	 Bob	Geldolf

    2. Finish this sentence Community to me means...?
       Working	together	to	create	a	safe	and	pleasant	                                   Small group work at the 2nd CCNOP
       place	for	all                                                                  Playgroup Practice forum held in October

    3. What has been your favourite piece of advice?                 -   Practice Forums: We have now had 3 practice forums, devoted
       Who gave it to you?                                               to specific issues: Playgroups (2 forums) and Parenting (1 forum).
    	 A	smile	is	the	lighting	system	of	the	face,	the	cooling	           each of these forums has discussed and worked on issues to
       system	of	the	head	and	the	heating	system	of	the	heart.	          support workers. A full progress report on both practice areas
       -	Unknown	                                                        will be finalised and distributed in the near future. Both Practice
                                                                         forums have decided to continue to meet, so take a look at
                                                                         the Calendar of Events to see when those meetings will occur.
    4. Favourite movie of all time?
                                                                         Contact the CCNOP team for any additional information on
       Pay	it	forward
                                                                         4322 1600.
    5. Greatest song of all time?
                                                                     -   Learning and Development: See Learning
       All	you	need	is	love	-	The	Beatles
                                                                         Links section of this magazine. Hellen is the
                                                                         person you should talk to if you have any
    6. Favourite book of all time?                                       questions or requests about learning and
       Diana	Golbaldon	“Crosstitch”	series                               development.
    7. What has been your favourite holiday                          -   Central Coast Practice X-Change - a workers’
       destination? Where would you most like to                         journal: Look out for the 2006 edition- this
       holiday?                                                          was launched at the Central Coast Connexions
       Holiday	destination	has	been	my	recent	trip	throughout	the	       on December 6th.
       NW	of	Australia	back	country.
    	 Place	I	would	most	like	to	Holiday	is	Montana	USA	as	it	is	    -   Aboriginal Early Childhood Education conference: CCNOP
       beautiful	and	my	family	lives	there.                              project supported a group of Central coast workers to attend
                                                                         this conference recently in Dubbo- there were aboriginal and
    8. On a flight Sydney / London who would you                         non-aboriginal staff who went as a group.
       least like to sit next to?
    	 A	person	with	bad	BO	and	who	burps	and	                        -   Welcome to Sue Winter who has joined the Networks of
       lets	off	wind	often                                               Practice Team- see ‘Spotlight’ article in this magazine- as the
                                                                         Family Services Facilitator. Sue has worked on the Central Coast
    9. Top 3 fantasy dinner guests?                                      since 1990 in various roles. She worked with adolescents in The
       •		Carol	King                                                     Entrance area with Horizons Family Services for 11 years. Most
       •	 Bono                                                           recently she worked with Burnside implementing the “Kinks and
       •	 Anyone	with	a	sense	of	joy	and	fun                             Bends” package across the coast as well as facilitating the Burnside
                                                                         parenting groups. In 2000 Sue also started up a part time private
    10. I am passionate about...                                         practice at Umina beach. Sue is really looking forward to her new
    	 Giving	a	peaceful	voice	to	people	or	issues	that	are	              role and meeting all the people in the Family Services field. She
        usually	silenced	by	culture,	society	or	fear                     works Tuesday to Thursday in the new Gosford office. You can
                                                                         call her on 4322 1600 and she welcomes ideas and conversations
                                                                         about how she can support your work in the field.
                  CCNOP Regional Forum Feedback Nov 16
At the November CCNOP Regional Family Services Forum those attending were asked to give the CCNOP team some feedback for
             2006 and ideas for 2007. This happened through as series of Graffiti sheets which people wrote on.
                                        Below are the results from the graffiti sheets.

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Central Coast Aboriginal Child Youth
& Family Strategy
Hi everyone as you may or may not be aware as from the 1st July 2006 the Central Coast Aboriginal Child Youth
and Family Strategy and the Project Officer (Vickie Parry) has been re auspiced by the Benevolent Society at
Wattanobbi. Vickie is now working from the newly acquired premises at 1A, 3 Debenham Rd, West Gosford.

In the mean time Vickie has been busily working on a number of specific projects to help improve outcome
for Aboriginal children and the community. She is also working with main stream services and organisations to
improve access and equity for the Aboriginal community.

Parenting Booklet – Darkinyung                              Young Black and Ready for School –
During 2006 the ACYFS PO has been working with the          Transition
Darkinyung Language group and Linguist Caroline             The Aboriginal Child Youth & Family Strategy,
Jones, to develop a specific parenting booklet for the      Mingaletta, the Aboriginal Education Consultative
Darkinjung community. The booklet itself has generic        Group and the Mothers and Babies, Early
information about child development 0 – 5 years of          Intervention Workers have been working on a
age and throughout this booklet the Darkinyung              transition program which will encourage Aboriginal
Language has been incorporated.                             parents and their children to attend their schools
                                                            early start programs in the Umina, Woy Woy area.
The Language group have been researching and                We also held a transition health screening day for
meeting for about 3 to 4 years. The ACYFS Project           the Aboriginal children attending the early start
Officer approached the Language group to use the            programs. The day incorporated immunisation,
booklet as a way to promote the work they have              hearing, eyes and speech screening.
done around reviving the Darkinyung Language and
provide a cultural aspect to the parenting booklet.         Other projects that the Aboriginal Child Youth and
                                                            Family Strategy are involved with include:
In November we held a joint Aboriginal supported
playgroup day, which provided a great opportunity              • The Central Coast Indigenous Community
to incorporate a photo shoot for the booklet. Kerry              Based Working Groups
Patterson will be providing artwork for the booklet            • Working with the Aboriginal Elders
and we will also be incorporating local Aboriginal             • Northern Milpara – Welcoming day
sites.                                                         • Aboriginal Youth affected by Family Violence
                                                               • The Little Black Book for Strong Black
This has been one of the most exciting projects for me           Women
as the ACYFS Project Officer and we all look forward           • Transition 6-7 Tumbi Umbi High and Wyong
to the finished product.                                         High School
                                                               • Communities Division ACYFS case study
                                                                 Aboriginal Supported Playgroups.
                                                                 (Development of a Working with Aboriginal
                                                                 Families Resource booklet)
                                                               • Young Indigenous Surf Program to be run
                                                                 December 2006, January and February 2007
                                                               • Vacation Care Program 2007

                                                          Vickie Parry
                                                          Project Officer
                                                          Aboriginal Child Youth & Family Strategy
                                                          Phone 43 221600 Fax 43 221177

Transition To School Project
The Central Coast Transition to School Project has been           relating to starting school and knowledge of local programs
operating for the past three years. This universal project has    has given professionals and families the opportunity to discuss
aimed to strengthen relationships between families, prior to      a wide range of issues and strategies and to realize that early
school and school professionals and other agencies working        childhood professionals need to base their transition practices
on the Central Coast with young children in order to make the     on three interrelated principles.
step up to big school easier. The project has needed to bridge
gaps in relationships between schools and those ‘outside the      Reaching out
walls’ of the school by encouraging groups inside and out to      Transition to School coordinators and focus group members
join together to support families and their school starters at    in schools have been encouraged to reach out to prior to
this time of transition.                                          school providers (Supported Playgroups, Family Day Care,
                                                                  Community Preschools and Long Day Care Centres, Before
Nearly 4000 children start school each year on the Central        and After School Care Providers, and support agencies for
Coast and this is a major event for most children and their       vulnerable families) in order to establish and strengthen
families. For many the transition goes smoothly and the           relationships and to engage in two way communication
kindergarten child becomes immersed in the daily activities of    about how to deliver effective transition practices in their
the classroom. For some children and their families the start     community.
is not smooth and the earlier these children are identified
and interventions are put in place the better. Evidence based     One of the key barriers to effective transition programs has
research has shown that failure to cope effectively with the      been a lack of communication – the Transition Network
changes associated with this transition can have life shaping     established on the Central Coast has helped remove many
consequences.                                                     barriers by giving Early Childhood professionals TIME to share
                                                                  their stories. This has resulted in better outcomes for children,
Families and family circumstances have changed over the           their families and professionals. It has certainly contributed
last three decades: today society is less homogenous and          to a far greater awareness and understanding of the impact
demands on families are higher. (1.- Richardson & Prior,          of changes on the life of a child and of the need to promote
2005a; Zubrick et al, 2005). One indication that all is not       resilience and the development of protective factors while
well is that we are seeing worsening or unacceptably poor         children are transitioning to school. Some examples are:
health among young people (1. - Sawyer, 2004; Stanley et al,
2005.) It is therefore important that schools make proactive         • Bateau Bay PS/ Horizons Supported Playgroup and
approaches to families to involve and engage them well                 Whole of Year Program, ‘Newbees’ starting with talks
before the beginning of the school year. Starting school on a          in all local preschools in February each year. Foresters
positive note can influence a child’s attitude, confidence and         Beach CCC, Banzai Preschool Forester’s Beach, Two ABC
performance both academically, socially and emotionally. It            Developmental Learning Centres, Bateau Bay. Began
can also erase fear and stress amongst family members.                 the “I’m Starting School” T-Shirt brigade. Contact:
                                                                       Deputy Principal: Bateau Bay PS. Rhonda Peckham.
The project’s activities have involved 64 primary schools, 79 or 4332 8000.
preschools, Family Day Care and Supported Playgroups in the
Gosford and Wyong Shires, the NSW Playgroup Association,             • The Narara Valley Network Wyoming PS, Valley View PS
the Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy, the Central           Niagara Park PS Lisarow PS Ourimbah PS, Narara PS meet
Coast Multicultural Project, the Benevolent Society and                regularly with Blue Gum Childcare and Learning Centre,
families across the Central Coast. The systematic involvement          James Mitchell Care and Learning Centre, Koolyangarra
of the many social connections that affect children’s lives has        Kindergarten and Childcare Centre, Narara Preschool,
been addressed and the variety of strategies discussed and             Niagara Park Children’s Centre, ABC Developmental
later implemented across the Central Coast has demonstrated            Learning Centre, Narara, Nanna’s House, Ourimbah.
that “one size does not fit all’                                       Contact: The Principal Narara PS Greg Frohlich
                                                              or Phone 4328 3024
Afternoon and evening workshops have been held in schools
and prior to school sites across the coast. Central Coast            • The Peninsula Network – Umina PS SaCCs, Umina PS,
Network of Practice (CCNOP) forums have also provided                  Ettalong PS, Woy Woy Sth PS, Woy Woy PS, ST John the
additional opportunities for the Transition to School message          Baptist Catholic College, ABC Developmental LC Woy Woy,
to be discussed by multi-disciplinary groups of professionals.         Deepwater Care and Early Learning Centre, Umina CCC,
A toolkit designed to provide all professionals and families           Woy Woy Peninsula CCC., Woy Woy PS& Early LC, Booker
with a ‘ready at hand’ local resource complete with current            Bay P/S Contact: Deb Notara, SaCCS Coordinator Umina PS.
research and local support links has been produced and 215   
were distributed at workshops in 2005. A web site is currently
under construction by Wadalba, Warnervale, Tuggerawong,              • The Kooloora Aboriginal Preschool at Toukley PS
Tacoma and Kanwall Schools to highlight the transition                 Contact: The Principal Toukley PS.
programs to school and high school in their communities. It            Sue Ingram
will be on the net in early 2006. Access to current research

Reaching back in time                                              References:
Schools have been making every endeavor to contact families        1. Articles: Policy Brief No 4, 2006. ‘Translating early
well before the first day at school. Newsletters are distributed       childhood research evidence to inform policy and
to prior to school sites regularly, school photo albums and            practice’. Services for young children and families.
CD rom’s have been prepared for prior to school sites and          2. Beginning School Together: Sharing strengths. (2001)
children.                                                              Edited by Sue Dockett& Bob Perry. Watson ACT:
                                                                       Australian Early Childhood Association.
The Department of Education and Training Central Coast             3. Excerpts from a 2002 report entitled ‘The Transition
Area Office Student Welfare Consultants are available to               to Kindergarten’: A Review of Current Research and
advise parents about school policies and procedures relating           Promising Practices to Involve Families by M. Bohan-
to enrolment and support for children with special needs.              Baker & P.Little–TheHarvardFamilyResearchProject–
Phone: 4348 9100. Families First Parent Meetings are being   
held in prior to school sites to support families as they              resources/research/bohan.html
prepare for school. Bookings can be made for these parent
meetings by calling 4348 9100, Mobile: 0409 152 166 or email:      Diana Hanks                                             Families First and Better Futures Transition Project Officer,
                                                                   Central Coast
Reaching with appropriate intensity                                DET, Hunter/Central Coast Region
Schools have developed a wide range of practices to                PH: 4348 9100 M: 0409 152 166
communicate with families about preparing for school. For          or find us at
example school newsletters, initial family conferences with
the Principal and/or LST (learning support team), Teddy
Bear Picnics in school grounds for families, Dads’ breakfasts,
and web sites, invitations via preschools or older siblings
to annual school events or assemblies. Families First/DET
pamphlets relating to starting school are given to parents
attending evening workshops at their familiar prior to school
site. Families are invited to attend these evenings to share
their hopes and concerns and to learn of how they can work
to support their child, the classroom and the school.

Information relating to all public and private school policies
is presented to all parents/carers at Orientation days which
are generally held late in Term 4. Public school information
can also be downloaded from the DET web site at

The establishment of an early childhood professional’s
network and the development of workshops and training
and development packages addressing transition to school
issues has resulted in the growth of collaborative transition
teams focusing on starting school across the Central Coast.

Growth in the number of collaborative teams has also meant
that Transition to School Programs have increased in length.
(School Survey, May 2006)

The importance of providing protective programs for children
and young people has gathered momentum and this can only
bring about greater resilience at the population level on the
Central Coast.

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The Big Picture
Central Coast Early Intervention Program Update
UnitingCare Burnside has just signed the contracts with        parenting programs (including parent education groups,
Docs to become the lead agency on the Central Coast            supported playgroups & Partners in Parenting program),
to deliver this new service. The service will be delivered     and brokerage of specialist and other universal services.
in partnership with Gosford Family Support, Family Child       Families will be involved in case planning meetings
Care Services Central Coast Inc, Coastwide Child & Family      throughout their time with the program and this
Services and the Benevolent Society and should be up           involvement could be up to 2 years.
and running by the beginning of March next year.
                                                               This program is a new way of working for DoCS and for
This target group for this program is families with children   the non govt sector and presents an exciting opportunity
0-8 years with a priority given to 0-3 years and with          for DoCS and the service network to work closely to
voluntary participation from the family. Families must         provide comprehensive services to families to prevent
present with at least one of the following vulnerabilities     them becoming involved in the child protection system
which if not addressed are likely to escalate and adversely    and to enhance their family functioning.
affect their ability to parent: domestic violence, parental
drug and alcohol misuse, parental mental health issues,        Burnside and its partners will be recruiting staff over
a lack of social support, parent with a learning difficulty    the next few months and will soon be getting out in the
or intellectual disability or child behaviour management       community to talk with other service providers and the
problems.                                                      community generally about how the program will work,
                                                               explaining the different components, the referral process
All families will be case managed by either a Docs Early       etc and how we can work together.
Intervention worker or a Burnside Early Intervention
worker and families will be offered a range of services        For further information, contact Sue Jennings
as part of their case management. Some of these                4352 3222
services include: Quality childcare, home visiting support,

Working together to improve child protection practices
From DOCS Inside Out magazine (Sept/Oct issue) http://         about new Government commitments to prevention and               early intervention over the past five years.
insideout/insideout_2006/SeptOct06/SeptOct2006.htm             This latest edition helps practitioners by:
                                                               •      including improved tables of indicators of abuse
Working to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of                and neglect, and advice on the process for reporting
children and young people is a concern for all agencies               risk of harm
and sectors of the community.                                  •      identifying clearer key agency responsibilities
The newly revised Interagency Guidelines for Child             •      providing updated advice on processes to follow
Protection Intervention 2006 sets out in practical terms              when agencies work together, such as in case
the ways that agencies can collaborate to make this                   meetings and when exchanging information.
happen for children. The Guidelines are intended to
help professionals and agencies in their work and to           The structure of this latest edition has been significantly
achieve consistent standards of interagency practice and       improved by relocating information on how to make a
support.                                                       report to the front of the document, ensuring that key
                                                               telephone contact numbers are easily located and including
The 2006 edition, published recently on DoCS’ website,         references to useful websites for further information.
has been revised following extensive consultation with         Revised flow charts provide a succinct overview of child
the sector. It reinforces a whole of government and sector     protection and criminal justice processes.
approach to child protection and includes information

                                                                               Issue 8: The Big Picture                 9
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            Every Kid Campaign
Key community service agencies have joined forces
in a new campaign leading up to the state election in
March 2007. The Every Kid campaign aims to prompt
State Government action to address issues of poverty
and exclusion faced by disadvantaged children, young
people and families in NSW. The campaign is a joint
initiative of Shelter NSW, NCOSS, NSW Family Service
Inc., AbSec, Family Advocacy, ACWA and UnitingCare
Burnside. Every Kid seeks to highlight what all children,
young people and families in NSW, particularly the most
disadvantaged, need to thrive. The organising group
has identified dental health, early childhood education,         A child's wellbeing and life opportunities should
affordable housing and opportunities for young people            not be determined by his or her disadvantage.
as areas where urgent improvement is required. Within            All children must have the opportunity to thrive.
these areas, Aboriginal health and wellbeing are of              See
particular importance.

National Survey - Parent Education and Training Programs
The Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) has been            They do not include the provision of parenting resources
engaged by the Australian Government Department of               for information only or resources to be used in a self
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs              directed manner such as books or website information.
(FaCSIA) to investigate the range of parent learning
services available in Australia. This survey is the first step   Who should complete this survey?
in the project. Results from this survey will be compiled        Please complete this survey for any parent education
and forwarded to FaCSIA to illustrate the diverse range          or training programs your service has run in the past
of parent learning services available to different parents       12 months. If your service runs more than one type of
around Australia.                                                parenting education or training program, you will need
                                                                 to complete a separate survey for each type of program.
What are parent learning services? Parent learning     
services refer to parenting education or training
programs that involve a practitioner in their delivery and       Further information: Please contact Maria Fong at the
assist parents to effect positive changes in parent-child        Centre for Community Child Health on (03) 9345 7085 or
interactions and result in improvements in child outcomes.
10                       Issue 8: The Big Picture
Service Focus
DADHC Casework Consultant – Children and Young People

                   Narelle Cash holds a degree in both Social Work and Welfare Studies. She has
                   worked in the Welfare field for 26 years, and in her early career she managed
                   a group home for 5 children with intellectual disabilities for 15 years. It was
                   within this position that her passion and love for working with children with
                   intellectual disabilities and their families grew. Narelle began working for the
                   Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care as a Social Worker/Community
                   Worker (DADHC) four years ago, and recently took on a new position within
                   DADHC as a Casework Consultant for Children and Young People.

DADHC provides services to assist older people, people with         provided to children and young people with a
a disability and their families and carers, by providing a          disability and their families
range of services and support programs.                           • Providing support and advice to DADHC staff regarding
                                                                    current best practice principles for service provision to
One of the primary areas of service provision is the                children and young people and their families to plan
multidisciplinary Community Support Team which assists              ahead and access appropriate community services
children, young people and adults with an intellectual              and informal social networks
disability through services provided by professionals             • Coaching and mentoring DADHC staff to implement
including Community Workers, Clinical Nurse Specialists,            best practice principles when working with children,
Social Workers, Behaviour Intervention Specialists,                 young people and their families.
Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists,
and Physiotherapists.                                             Another objective of the Casework Consultant position
                                                                    is to develop effective partnerships with Non-
The Ombudsman’s Report (2002) highlighted the need for              Government Organisations and to further develop
DADHC to improve services provided to Children and Young            opportunities for community participation. Outside
People. Subsequently the organisation is expanding its              DADHC, the role has a strong focus on:
commitment to building a more flexible service system that
responds to the individual needs of children young people         • Working collaboratively, providing support and advice
and their families. It is an exciting time to be working for         to staff
DADHC. One strategy aimed at addressing the issues raised          within Non-Government Organisations. The Casework
by the Ombudsman’s Report is the creation of 20 new and              Consultant
innovative positions known as Casework Consultants, placed           can provide clinical support around complex client
strategically around the state. There are three positions            situations such as
within the Hunter region they are located at Newcastle,             informal consultation, attend case conferences, inter-
Maitland and Central Coast. The role of the Casework                 agency meetings
Consultant is to ultimately provide support to Community           with DOCs, Department of Education and Health etc
Workers both within DADHC and in Non Government                   • Facilitating the development and implementation of
Organisations who work with children and young people                community development and interagency projects
(0-17 years).                                                        relating to the provision of services for children and
                                                                     young people (eg. provide training and information
The positions are guided by the DADHC Keeping Families               sessions on implementing best practice in supporting
Together policy which has an emphasis on prevention                  children and young people).
and early intervention. This policy also focuses on having
a strengths-based, family-centred approach in supporting       To access a service provided by the Community Support
children and families which ultimately leads to promoting      Team or to make an inquiry or referral for the Casework
family resilience.                                             Consultant – please contact Hunter Region Intake Reception
                                                               Team on (02) 4908 5229. For general inquiries regarding the
Within DADHC the positions are essentially aimed at            Casework Consultant position, please contact Narelle Cash
promoting change by:                                           on (02) 4320 4152.

   • Facilitating the development and implementation of
     systemic changes to improve the quality of services

                                                                                Issue 8: Service Focus                    11
Learning Links
Learning & Development Project Update
                                                                                     Question : Do you think the workshop overall was:
With another year coming to a close, it’s an
                                                                                              Very Good, Good, Satisfactory, Poor
opportune time to reflect on the activities of the
past year and also thank the trainers, presenters                                      Very Good, 225
and of course the workshop participants for their                              250
continued support.

         388 participants have attended
         19 workshops throughout the                                                                       Good, 42
         year. Evaluations received thus                                        50
                                                                                                                         Satisfactory, 1         Poor, 0
         far have been very positive…                                            0
                                                                                       Very Good           Good         Satisfactory            Poor

                                                                        Series1            225               42                1                  0


Evaluation Comments Have Included:

                                                                                           “Thanks Sista! Stay passionate & deadly!”
             “A presenter who was passionate and knew
             what she was talking about”                                                   Supporting Aboriginal Families & children in Early
                                                                                           Childhood Settings – Brenda Haynes & Vicki Parry
             “Honest discussion of current issues facing
             Aboriginal population”
             Intensive Work with Aboriginal Families – Pam Greer
                                                                                        “Challenged my prejudices / practical ideas”
                                                                                        Supporting Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Families &
     “Inspiring, practical”                                                             Children in Early Childhood Settings – Lalita Lakshmi &
     “Practical exercises were great. The                                               Shikha Chowdhary
     Acknowledgement of what may hold me
     back, the positive encouragement to do it.”
     Writers Workshop – Linda Bell                                                          “Very good venue, food, information
                                                                                            package, very professional”
                                                                                            “Presenters were thoughtful, informative
                                “Thankyou – a wealth of                                     & very easy to understand and relate to.
                                knowledge, a present and                                    Fantastic work”
                                encouraging facilitator”                                    Building on Strengths with Families under Pressure
                                                                                            – Karen Verrier & Sonya Brophy
                                Attachment Theory – Mirna Tarabay

                                                                                      “Another wonderful informative mind blowing
     “I found it extremely beneficial and pertinent                                   evening – can never learn too much”
     to my life right now. This was one of the best
     workshops I have attended this year”                                             “Brenda I can’t help but say you have been so
                                                                                      inspiring – you came across as the Steve Irwin of
     “I will recommend this workshop to all my                                        Childcare. Thank-you and I hope to see you again for
     colleagues & friends”                                                            future learning experiences!!”
     Self Care – Martine Langoulant
                                                                                      Untrained Early Childhood Workers – Brenda Haynes

2007 is already shaping up to be another fabulous year with Semester One Workshops already planned. (please see timetable)
Once again thank you for your support I hope you all have a wonderful summer and keep those registrations coming in!

Training Brokerage Policy 2007
Objective                                                             -   A “clean” wall for overheads or PowerPoint
To provide high quality, current and affordable training                  presentations
to Central Coast Service Providers, either at a scheduled
Learning & Development Workshop or a workshop                    •    Fees incurred by the Service Provider:
organised at the request of a Service Provider.                       - Trainers Fee
                                                                      - $50.00 Brokerage Fee(to cover Learning &
                                                                         Development time and administration costs)
The Learning & Development Project as part of the
                                                                 •    Cancellation Policy
Central Coast Networks of Practice will provide a training
                                                                      - If a cancellation request is received by the Service
brokerage service to Central Coast Service Providers with
                                                                         Provider the following penalties will occur:
the following conditions being met:
                                                                         o More than 2 weeks prior to scheduled training
• Any workshops run or developed have the desired
                                                                            – no penalty.
   outcome of directly benefiting those who work with
                                                                         o Less than 2 weeks prior to scheduled
   children 0 - 8 years & their families.
                                                                            – Service Provider will forfeit 50%
                                                                         o Less than 48 hours prior to scheduled training
•   The Learning & Development Project will provide the
                                                                            – Service Provider will forfeit 100%
    - An appropriate trainer.
                                                                 For further information or training enquiries please
    - Consultation with both parties re trainer fees.
                                                                 contact : The Learning & Development Co-ordinator,
    - Consultation with all parties re appropriate dates &
                                                                 The Benevolent Society
                                                                 Phone 02 4322 1600
    - Provide service with nametags, sign on sheets &
        evaluation forms.
    - Photocopy trainer’s handouts for distribution if
    - Provide with prior arrangement and if necessary an             Workshops Available for Brokerage/
        overhead projector (to be collected and returned by          In-Services 2007
        either service provider or trainer)
                                                                     Guiding Children’s Behaviour
•   The Service Provider requesting workshop to provide              Untrained Early Childhood Workers
    the following:                                                   Supporting Indigenous Families in Early Childhood Settings
    - A minimum of 12 attendees (not necessarily from                Documentation
       the same service)                                             Talking to Parents About the Hard Stuff
    - Venue                                                          Creating Child Friendly Communities
    - Adult Chairs                                                   Self Care
    - Refreshments                                                   Building on Strengths with Families under Pressure
    - Basic training equipment such as a whiteboard                  Supporting CALD Families & Children in Early Childhood
    - Completing basic administration duties such as returning       Attachment Theory Presentation
       completed sign on sheets and evaluation forms

Central Coast Networks of Practice Learning & Development Calendar Jan - Jun 2007
                    WORKSHOP                                                 DATES                            TIMES
                    Self Care Workshop                               Tuesday 13th February &               9:00am – 2:30pm
                                                                       Tuesday 13th March
            Untrained Early Childhood Workers                            Monday 12th
                                                                     & Monday 26th February                6:30pm – 8:30pm
                Supporting CALD Families &                                Tuesday 5th June                 6:30pm – 8:30pm
            Children in Early Childhood Settings
               Brain Development and Children                             Monday 21st May                  9:00am – 4:30pm
          Talking to Parents About the Hard Stuff                         Tuesday 8th May                  6:30pm – 9:00pm
                Guiding Children’s Behaviour                          Tuesday 2oth March &                 6:30pm – 9:00pm
                                                                        Tuesday 3rd April
                    Supporting Fathers                                    Tuesday 29th May                9-12 am (tentative)
            Introduction to Attachment Theory                             Monday 2nd April                 6:30pm – 9:00pm
                      Documentation                                   Wednesday 28th March                 6:30pm – 9:00pm
            Creating Child Friendly Communities                                 TBA

                       WHAT                         WHEN                 WHERE                 FURTHER INFORMATION
                       21st Annual San Diego        22-26 January 2007   San Diego, USA
                       International Conference
                       on Child & Maltreatment
                       15th Annual Australian      23-25 January 2007    Melbourne, Victoria   The vision of this conference is to build a community of practise and research
                       Research in Early Childhood                                             among peers in early childhood professions and to create a space in which to
                       Education Conference                                                    share our research endeavours.

Issue 8: Conferences
                       International Summer         21-23 February       Adelaide, SA          The Dulwich Centre is running this Summer School on Narrative Practice. Will
                       School of Narrative          2007                                       include keynote addresses from international presenters on the latest thinking
                       Practice: Latest Ideas and                                              about particular aspects of narrative practice; and workshops for participants
                       Opportunities for Skill                                                 to practice and develop their skills. Further information: Contact the Dulwich
                       Development                                                             Centre on Phone: (08) 8223 3966; Email:
                                                                                               Download flyer and registration form (PDF 388K)

                       Kindling the Flame:          21-23 February       Perth, WA             Provides an opportunity for leaders, experts and practitioners to discuss
                       Promoting Mental Health      2007                                       effective promotion and prevention strategies and influence policy makers and
                       and Wellbeing                                                           administrators. Themes centre on the construct of mental health - what does it
                                                                                               mean to be mentally healthy? Further information: Clifford Beers Foundation
                                                                                               website -
                       Partnerships for Better      8-9 March 2007       Cockle Bay, Sydney,   Deals with the difficulties of raising and caring for the mentally and physically
                       Health Outcomes: Carers                           NSW                   disabled, chronically ill, frail and aged family members. Focus is on the
                       and Professionals Working                                               pressures and responsibilities, and emotional and phyiscal impacts on the family
                       Together                                                                members who are the carers. Further information: Carers NSW website
                       9th National Rural Health    7-10 March 2007      Albury, NSW           For anyone who has a personal or professional interest in the health and
                       Conference                                                              well-being of people in rural and remote areas. Under the broad theme of
                                                                                               "Standing up for Rural Health: Learning from the past, Action for the future",
                                                                                               the conference will deal with issues around both policy and practice,
                                                                                               Further information: Conference website -

                       6th National Intensive       29-30 March 2007     Caloundra, Sunshine   Anglicare Strengthening Families Service presents this symposium with the
                       Family Support Symposium                          Coast, Qld            theme "Family Centred Practice: innovation, controversy and imagination".
                                                                                               Three streams will be the focus of the symposium: Practice, Leadership and
                                                                                               Research. Further information: download Family Support Symposium flyer
                                                                                               (Word doc, 362K); Email:; Phone (07) 5495 8718.
Clearing House
Why Inclusion and Diversity?
This section provides a range of resources, websites and information which will assist you to think about, and act
on, ways to ensure your service welcomes and includes everyone who meets your target group into your service. The
concept of inclusion refers to a wide range of people who are considered outside the ‘norm’, regardless of how those
people see themselves. The concept of ‘norm’ is a challenge, since if you think about indigenous people in Australia,
they are a minority only in some places- if you go to some communities in Northern Territory, then a non –Aboriginal
person is outside the norm of that community. However, diversity goes beyond culture and race- it also refers to
people’s sexuality; their physical/ mental abilities; their religion; their economic status, their political beliefs and their
gender. It is not only relevant to place, but also to time. For example, thirty years ago in Australia, blended families
were fairly unusual- now, they are a common phenomena.

Apart from legal obligations to comply with anti-discrimination legislation, workers in the human services industry can
be seen to also have an ethical obligation to ensure their organisational and personal work practices are inclusive. We
are bringing you a small sample in this magazine of the range of resources available to assist you in this process.

Useful Reports & Research
AUSTRALIAN                                                                        Lobby website has information and a research report
                                                                                  about gay and lesbian parents and children. Lesbians
Dual Diagnosis Project                                                            and gay men have always had children. Many lesbians
The Dual Diagnosis Project was developed by NSW DoCS                              and gay men are having children through formal and
in collaboration with the Mental Health Coordinating                              informal arrangements such as fertility clinics and donor
Council. The Dual Diagnosis Support Kit is designed to                            insemination. Lesbians and gay men also have children
improve support and information available to families                             in their care from previous heterosexual relationships.
affected by dual diagnosis. The kit includes:                                     Recent surveys show that over 20% of lesbians and 10% of
     • a workers booklet with an introduction to dual                             gay men are already parents and that many more want to
          diagnosis, information about parenting and helpful                      have children in the future. The organisation conducted a
          tips for talking with families about parental dual                      research project entitled
          diagnosis                                                               “Meet The Parents - A Review of the Research on Lesbian
     • a parents booklet with advice for parents with dual                        and Gay Families”.
          diagnosis with useful tips on things they can do to           
          help their children                                                     the_parents.pdf
     • a foster carers booklet containing information on
          how to talk to children about dual diagnosis, how                       Keeping Indigenous Children Safe – The Rights
          it affects children and how to help children in your                    Way: by Muriel Bamblett, CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Child
          care                                                                    Care Agency & Chairperson of the Secretariat for National
     • two children’s storybooks – The Blue Polar Bear,                           Aboriginal and Islander Child Care. In this presentation
          an illustrated storybook for 5-7 year olds and The                      from the 2006 ACWA Conference, Muriel suggests the
          Flying Dream, an illustrated book for 8-12 year olds                    following as some guidelines to think about with respect
     • a wallet card for adolescents including information                        to Culturally Embedded professional practice:
          on what dual diagnosis is, what happens when mum                            • Holistic healing approach
          or dad go to hospital, foster care, and practical tips                      • Narrative rather than diagnostic assessment and
          on how to take care of themselves.                                            planning approach
h t t p : / / w w w. c o m m u n i t y. n s w. g o v. a u / h t m l / n e w s _       • Culture as treatment – views Indigenous culture as
publications/dual_diagnosis.htm                                                         essential
                                                                                      • Family strengthening approach – address the
Family is Family is Family: The Gay and Lesbian Rights                                  underlying issues by promoting a positive and
                                                                                        culturally appropriate approach

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   • Culture as resilience –creating a culturally imbued
       framework for families
   • Empowerment model –participant families become
       active participants in treatment rather than passive

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander
Child Care (SNAICC), is the national non government peak
body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children and families. This
organisation has a wide range of reports and resources to
assist both Aborignal and non- Aboriginal workers in their
suppot foro families and children.

Early Childhood Australia Inc has a range of learning
resources on inclusions and diversity.

Human rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
is a national independent statutory government body,
established in 1986 by an Act of the federal Parliament.
The Commission plays a central role in contributing to the
maintenance and improvement of a tolerant, equitable
and democratic society, through its public awareness and
other educational programs aimed at the community,
government and business sectors.

Monash University’s Social Inclusion and Diversity
Research Unit (SIDRU) engages in organisation and
community based research which advances awareness,
understanding and practices associated with diversity
management and social inclusion. SIDRU researchers
represent a diverse range of disciplinary, social and cultural

 Parents with Learning difficulties: Healthy                                            Kit for pare
                                                                 Bully ing Resource                      alian
 Start is an Australia-wide strategy to                                                  ed by the Austr
 support parents with learning difficulties                      teachers and carers fund ime Prevention
                                                                                National  Cr
 and promote a healthy start to life for                         Government’s             ns 2 booklets, 1
 their young children. Their website has                         Program . The Kit contai
 many resources available. The link below                        and 1 DVD.               among young
                                                                 Booklet 1 –                     rents
 is about an article entitled, Developing                                       – A guide for pa
 Knowledge and Skills in Parents with                                                            g young child
                                                                                Bullying amon
 learning difficulties.                                           Booklet 2 –                    ache rs and carers
                                                                                – A guide for te
 MildonMatthews.pdf                                                              Very mixed emot
                                                                  Video & DVD –                         r on bullying
                                                                                 –A   discussion starte
                                                                                 in childhood
                                                                                         contact: Crime
                                                                   To or der kits please                   ttorney-
NSW Anti-Discrimination Commission’s role is to                                            Government A
                                                                   Bran ch, Australian                   50 6711
promote anti-discrimination and equal opportunity                                         t Phone: 02 62
                                                                   Gen eral’s Departmen
principles and policies throughout NSW. Has resources
and guidance on its website.

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                    Resource Poster for Early Childhood Services’ Staff:
               Celebrating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

The free poster has been designed to be a visual and               For many articles including tips for talking to children
information rich resource for Central Coast Children’s             about Cultural Diversity:
Services staff about current best practice when planning           Ethnic Child Care Resource Unit
for Inclusion for children & families from Culturally &  
Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. The poster provides
many useful phone contacts and internet resources in a             For Cultural Information including information on
question and answer format. This poster is aimed at early          multicultural programming for children’s services:
childhood services and is being distributed across the Central     Inclusive Directions
Coast to servicces and schools.                                    Early Childhood Australia
Further enquiries please contact: Central Coast Networks
of Practice Team, Phone 4322 1600.                                 For information on refugees and asylum seekers:
                                                                   Dept. of Immigration and Multicultural & Indigenous
The following information is taken from the newly                  Affairs
launched poster resource.                                          Refugee Council of Australia
For articles and resources including information about
taboos and traditions and written material in different            For resources and teaching aides around diversity and
languages try:                                                     inclusion:
Free Kindergarten Association                                      Billingual child                                                         Windmill Education   
                                                                   Mordern Teaching Aides
For health publications including many on child & family           On line books        
health - translated in over 15 community languages:                au
NSW Multicultural Health                                           Educational Experience
Communication Service                                              Judius Kindergarten Catalogues

For articles and online services including Cultural Profiles
and purchasing resources:
Diversity in Child Care Queensland or

                                             The cake that Marie
                                             Andrews cut as part
                                             of the launch

       Hellen Dib explains aspects of the poster content at the
             launch by Member for Peats Marie Andrews

                                                                                  Issue 8: Clearing House                     17

‘FATHERWORK’ is a regular magazine for everyone
working with families, published 3 times a year. It’s an
attractive resource to give you key information – and,
when left out on display, to help dads feel welcome in
your service. The website has other resources.

The Circle of Inclusion Web Site is for early childhood
service providers and families of young children. This web
site offers demonstrations of and information about the
effective practices of inclusive educational programs for
children from birth through age eight

Community Inclusion Checklist
In examining a broad canvas of community initiatives by
neighbourhood centres in the International Federation of
Settlements & Neighbourhood Centres network, identified
are key practices that promote inclusion- divided into a
"checklist" of six categories. For each of the categories
listed below, we present community voices offering
personalised comments from around the world, as well as
a final summary – in the form of a simple checklist – of
inclusion practices:
    • Organisational commitments to inclusion and
    • Creating welcoming and safe environments
    • Promoting civic engagement and opposing
    • Strengthening supports in diverse constituencies
    • Using the arts and multifaceted strategies for
       communication and expression
    • Establishing networks for learning and exchange

Equality and Diversity UK have produced and collated
various resources, information, publications and statistics
to improve understanding of issues relating to equality
and diversity. They have recently produced a CD for
practitioners which contains PDF files, documents, quizzes
and activities to use in colleges, schools and work based
learning organisations. The resources on the CD also
support other providers who work with diverse groups of
people and individuals.

EnergizeInc, especially for leaders of volunteers: This
organsiation has a website containing many resources
about Diversity & Inclusion in relation to volunteers.
Includes information on racial, ethnic, sexual, and cultural
diversity, as well as physical and mental disabilities.

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Practice Tips
PLAYWORKS is a Victorian agency, which believes that                  practice of inclusion is a continuous process that provides
the philosophy of inclusion should underpin the policies              each individual with the opportunity to feel accepted by
and practice of quality service provision. This philosophy            others, to develop a sense of belonging and to participate
recognises the diversity that is part of our society and              in the community. They present the model below for us ot
promotes equal rights for all individuals to participate in           consider
the activities and services provided by our community. The

                                    Features of Inclusive Practice
Inclusive practices require a focus on individual children as well as a focus on group cohesiveness and connectedness
with each other. Consider the quality of the program from the perspective of all members of the community (Anne
Kennedy 1999)

                                            •   Sense of belonging
                                            •   Effective links are developed
                                            •   Community resources are topped
                                            •   Familiarisation with local community
                                            •   Contributes to development of service
                                                policy and procedures
                                            •   Proactive strategies for consultation are
                                            •   Acknowledgement and respect of diversity
                                            •   Members are supported to contribute
                                            •   Participation is actively encouraged
                                            •   Familiarisation and commitment to
      •   Sense of belonging
                                                Government policies/legislation
      •   Positive identity and self
          esteem                                                                                                      FAMILY
      •   Positive acceptance and                                                                    •   Sense of belonging
                                                        MANAGEMENT AND STAFF
          respect of culture, language
                                            •   Sense of belonging                                   •   Accepted, welcomed and
          and ability
      •   Opportunity for full              •   Relevant qualifications &/or experience
                                                                                                     •   Informed on policies,
          participation in all aspects of   •   Knowledgeable about ability, culture,                    procedures and practices
          child care day                        language and identity
                                                                                                     •   Regular opportunities
      •   Opportunities for                 •   Have access to appropriate training/                     to participate and share
          communication                         professional development                                 information
      •   Opportunities for positive        •   Demonstrate respect of each chil's culture
          interactions                          language and ability
      •   Safe and secure                   •   Utilisation of on-going observations of
                                                children to inform program planning
                                            •   Maximise each child's potential
                                            •   Regularly prepare and review policies
                                            •   Demonstrate practices that support
                                                acceptance and participation for all members
                                                of the community
                                            •   Interact with children, parents and
                                            •   Respect rights of individuals & groups
                                            •   Utilise and access resources and personnel
                                            •   Avoid and counteract sterotypes

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                  CCNOP CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2007
                    Please note the following dates for CCNOP events

     Monday 12                   CCNOP Advisory Committee
     Tuesday 13                  CCNOP Regional Family Services Forum.
                                 Topic: Working With Fathers
     Mon 26                      CALD Interaction Group
     Wed 7                       Parenting Practice Forum
     Wed 28                      CCNOP Regional Family Services Forum.
                                 Topic: Results based accountability
     APRIL                       (School hols 5/4-20/4)
     Thur 19                     Playgroup Practice Forum
     Mon 30                      CALD Interaction Group
     Mon 14                      CCNOP advisory committee
     Thurs 14                    CCNOP Regional Family Services Forum. Topic: Inclusive
     Mon 25                      CALD interaction group
     JULY                        (School hols 30/6-13/7)
     Tues 3                      Playgroup Practice Forum
     Mon 13                      CCNOP advisory committee
     Tues 14                     CCNOP Regional Family Services Forum. Topic: Inclusive
     Mon 27                      CALD interaction group
     SEPTEMBER                   (School hols 29/9- 12/10)
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 THE FAMILY NET-WORKS     Health Centre)                             distribution list, please contact:
       will focus on      Diana Hanks (DET)                          Deb Tipper,
  WORKING WITH DADS       Sue Jennings (Burnside)                    Family Services Facilitator
      in your service     Vickie Parry (ACFYS)                       Phone: 4322 1600 or 0409 048 169
                          Narelle Cash (DADHC)                       Email:


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