Ethical Practice by hjkuiw354

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

Issue 11
August 2008

 In This Issue
The Buzz                2
                              Ethical Practice
Networks of                   We are pleased to offer you the latest edition of
Practice Update         3     the Family Net Works magazine… Has anyone
                              else noticed how quickly this year has gone,
Spotlight               6
                              everyone seems to be on full speed, and has been
The Big Picture         8     for the bulk of the year… the amount of work
                              being undertaken by everyone is astonishing. It
Learning Links         10     never ceases to amaze me just how committed
                              and creative workers are here on the Coast. Just
Resouces               13
                              remember to put some of that creative energy
Clearing House         15     into looking after yourselves and your colleagues
                              so that overload/ burnout does not become a
Practice Tips          18     regular feature of your workplace.

                              The theme for the Clearinghouse this time is
                              about Ethical Practice. So often workers are
If you have any comments
or suggestions for ways of    having to make decisions that they are not
improving The Family          always certain about, or in some cases being
Net-Works or future topics,   expected to make decisions that they do not
please contact the            feel comfortable about. How do you come to
Central Coast Networks
of Practice Team.             the decision when sometimes all choices appear
                              to be concerning to you either because of the
We welcome contributions      process involved or the outcomes which will
from readers.                 result. What is the difference between your
                              personal values and an ethical dilemma?? The
The Networks                  Clearinghouse section will provide resources to
of Practice Team              explore these questions and more.
Phone: (02) 4322 1600
Fax: (02) 4322 1177           The Benevolent Society and Central Coast            Networks of Practice is following up this issue            with the third in our full day Practice seminars         series (Remember Andrew Fuller and Brigid
                              Daniel?). This seminar in December will address
                              Ethical Practice (see back page for further

                              We hope you enjoy this edition - we always like
                              feedback and contributions too!

                              Deb,   On behalf of the CCNOP project team of Deb,
                              Hellen and Sue
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.

As usual much is happening on the Central Coast- The Buzz provides a short overview of these
things where possible. Don’t forget to let us know about new workers in your organisation,
so we can let others who they are!

 Welcomes                                                        Farewells
    Welcome to their new jobs:                                   Best of luck to all the following in their new
    •    Jo Comans- is the new Executive Officer for the         endeavours:
         Central Coast Community Council                         •    Vickie Daly- has taken herself away from the world
    •    Melanie Law- has changed her position from                   of work with Burnside and is meandering around
         Community Programs Officer at Docs to Work with              Australia for an extended holiday…. we are all
         Brighter Futures at Burnside                                 envious.
    •    Tanya Wescombe has taken a maternity leave              •    Chris Smith, Regional Violence against Women
         position with the CC Multicultural project, replacing        specialist left following the restructure of the
         Danielle Habib who is the proud mother of a new              program across NSW. However, Chris has been
         baby girl.                                                   successful in obtaining the new position of Regional
    •    Sue Sutton Turner - is the new Community                     Domestic Violence Coordinator - Hunter/Central
         Development Worker for Erina- Springfield- Green             Coast- now located in Newcastle.
         Point areas with the Benevolent Society. Sue            •    Robert Boyle – Men’s Worker with the Men Accessing
         replaces Bronwyn Hull who left the position to take          Resources and Services Project (MARS)- recently
         on a teaching position                                       left Bensoc after CCAAS funding for his position
    •    Alison Fennell has joined The Benevolent Society             finished. We are fortunate in that The Benevolent
         as the Community Development Worker- Resilient               Society has a worker, John Roberts, in a similar
         Communities, a 12 month position funded through              project covering Lake Macquarie and Newcastle
         the Premier’s Dept in the wake of the June 2007              areas. John will be addressing some of the ongoing
         storms and floods.                                           tasks that Robert used to undertake on the Central
                                                                      Coast. John can be contacted on 4353 4688.

New Services / Events                                                                                  FREE EX
BCS LifeCare will offer new services to -                            Early Childhood Intervention Expo
        • Men to enhance their relationships                         A free expo for families & professionals to access
        • Parents to enhance their parenting and relationship        information & resources on a variety of services &
          skills                                                     agencies that can support young children with additional
        • Individuals and Families to receive counselling            needs, disabilties & developmental delays
          support to enhance relationship and family life.           A variety of agencies such as Child & Family Health, NSW
                                                                     Dept of Education and Training, KU Inclusion Support
In collaboration with BCS LifeCare the Federal                       Agency, Kids on the Coast, Yarran Early Intervention
Government Department of Families, Housing and                       and many more will be present to share information
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHACSIA)                 & resources about their services. Three fifty minute
under its Family Relationship Services sub-Program (FRSP)            workshops will also be hosted by qualified professionals
has funded a suite of Early Intervention Services that               on language development, sensory integration, and
seeks to improve the wellbeing of families in this district.         challenging behaviour
Services will commence in July 2008. Brochures and further           DATE: Thursday the 18th of September 2008,
information may be obtained from BCS LifeCare:                                11.00 am to 2.00 pm.
1st Floor, 2A Alison Road, Wyong NSW 2259                            VENUE: Mingara Recreation Club - Mingara Drive
Ph: (02) 4352 3850                                                            Tumbi Umbi
                                                                     COST: Free
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Central Coast Networks of Practice
                                                                                                        U PDAT
As usual the team has been very busy working with many of you on different projects.
Below are updates from Sue, Hellen and myself, Deb. Don’t forget to look at Learning Links
for learning and development and conference possibilities.

CCNOP Family Services Facilitator Report: Sue Winter
The Central Coast Networks of Practice Regional forums         The Playgroup Practice Forum has met twice this
have been fantastic this year! We started off by talking       year. It has been a great place to share resources and
about the importance of Supervision in our work. This          network together. The June forum was on Working
forum was very interactive with dividing into groups           with Aboriginal Families within Playgroups. Thank
and talking about what Supervision means and why               you to Bronwyn Chambers, Jenny Ronning, Madeline
is it important. From these groups and this forum a            Davey and Vickie Parry for providing some fantastic
Document has now been created and is available                 information and discussions! The last Playgroup forum
through CCNOP.                                                 will be in the October school holidays.

In April we had a very informative forum on Legal              The Parent Support Practice Forum has met twice
issues. Both Central Coast Legal Centre and NSW Legal          this year. At the first forum in March Ann Charleton
Aid services provided resources and other very useful          (Gosford FSS) spoke about working with Grandparents
information.                                                   as the main carers. In July we had a very popular topic
                                                               Working with Young Parents. Kerry Bryant (TAFE)
The June Forum was just before NAIDOC week so the              presented the “Babes with Babes” program, Amber
topic was Working with Aboriginal Families. Thank              Gunn (Gosford FSS) mapped out what is currently
you to Vicki Jamieson and Vickie Parry for providing           available for Young Parents across the Coast and Debbie
us with good discussion topics. Thank you also to Matt         Notara (Umina SaCCs) spoke about the importance
Parry for providing the “Sorry” DVD.                           of agencies working together to provide for Young
                                                               Parents. The Parent Assessment tool kit which was put
There are 2 more forums this year: August will be              together by a working party from the Parent Forum
about Strength Based Practices and October will be             is also now available through CCNOP. This kit brings
about Mental Health issues.                                    together a range of different tools used by agencies.

 Wyong Educational Early                                         Aboriginal Worker
 Intervention Interagency Pilot                                  Support Group
 Wyong Educational Early Intervention Interagency Pilot          Deb has been involved in supporting
 has changed its name to ‘WY-TEAM’ which stands for              this new group. It has had several
 Wyong - Together Everyone Achieves More. The pilot is           meetings and has had numerous
 going effectively. The 2 lead agencies Horizons Family          discussions about supervision and
 Support Services and Wyong Public School are working            support for workers, and the need
 really well together and there have already been reported       for a cultural approach to these issues
 positive results from the school, the families, and other       for workers.
 services in the area.

 For further information about any this activity above,          For further information about this group, contact
 contact Sue Winter 4322 1600                                    Deb Tipper 4322 1600

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                         ial Project
    Focus on a CCNOP Spec
    Cultural Conversations for
    an Inclusive Future
    Hellen Dib

    Well I said “Habari” to my Mum...

    It was the second time they had met, one a small boy
    maybe 5 or 6 with a jumper that had attended the
    school more often than the child’s age suggested, the
    other a magnificent Kenyan woman. Now when I say
    magnificent I want you to really understand what I
    mean... I say it in the sense of Regal, chocolate skin
    so beautiful that you tried to accidental brush against           school visit... she said “Hellen, my darling, do not
    her just to feel how soft it was... hair that had been            take my photo... I am just a shadow lurking in the
    tamed into 100’s of braids that made music when the               background”. Of course I said all the usual things and
    beads brushed against each other Masai Mara red                   tried my best to boost her confidence, nevertheless
    cloths draped over a very pregnant tummy... beaded                those words broke my heart. However her confidence
    jewellery... head scarf... well just... magnificent.              did grow in the way of being accepted, listened to and
                                                                      welcomed by 1500 Kindergarten and Year 1 children.
    The little boy pulled on Adah’s (the regal one’s name)            The kids asked amazing questions... ”Do you wear that
    skirt and with disgust punctuating every word, he said,           to bed?” (hijab) “Can you buy that at the shop?’ (hijab)
    “Well I said Habari to my Mum and she said nothing                “Are you a ninja?” ‘Are you bald?” and she answered
    back... she doesn’t even know it means hello!!” and               every question with honesty, dignity and a smile that
    so the conversation continued with Adah taking the                you could just make out under the soft cloth of her
    time to explain to the little boy that not all Australians        hijab.
    spoke fluent Swahili and that his mother really was not
    to blame.                                                         On our last visit to Terrigal School (we visited each
                                                                      school twice) Adah and I waited as Nahid came down
    Perhaps, no, certainly one of the most joyous parts of            the stairs from the kindy room, being escorted by
    my working life has been implementing the “Cultural               maybe 15 students, telling her stories, asking her
    Conversations for an Inclusive Future” pilot project              questions, vying for her attention... she came over to
    for the Benevolent Society. Many conversations that               me... her eyes beaming and softly said “Hellen, I feel
    focus on Supporting Culturally & Linguistically Families          like a rock star”
    on the Central Coast inevitably incorporate a story or
    several stories of racism that people have witnessed              This project would not have been
    or heard about through the course of their work and               possible without the help and
    life. The Central Coast Networks of Practice together             guidance from the following
    with its CALD Families with Children Working Group                people:
    are conscious that much work is needed on the Central             Wendy Ballard, Pari Batha,
    Coast to support people to become more aware and                  Danielle Habib, Diana Hanks,
    welcoming of the many cultures that make up our                   Kathy Sokk, Kincumber Public
    area and Australia as a whole. It is for this reason that we      School, Terrigal Public School,
    undertook the pilot project “Cultural Conversations for           Gorokan Public School and
    an Inclusive Future” that reached 700 children between            Toukley Public School and
    the ages of 4 – 7 in 4 pilot schools, Toukley, Gorokan,           the Central Coast Networks
    Kincumber and Terrigal. By doing this we reached children         of Practice Team
    who may not have previously formed ideas about various
    cultures and also indirectly reach parents and caregivers
    through brochures and word of mouth.

    The pilot had two guest speakers Adah (whom I
    have introduced you to) and Nahid, an Egyptian
    Muslim lady. I want everybody to meet Nahid…
    let me describe her... she’s tiny, less than 5 feet
    and even fully covered in her hijab she surely
    would weigh no more than a 10 year old girl.
    The first time I took her photograph at our first

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Young Black & Ready for School Transition to School Project
The Benevolent Society is supporting a short term project funded through the
Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy (DOCS). Two workers have been
employed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children
starting school in 2009.

The project targets 2 cluster of school- in Gosford LGA it is all schools within the
Woy Woy Peninsula cluster (Denise Markham is the worker here), and in Wyong
LGA it will target Toukley, Gorokan and Kanwal schools (Kimberley Salmon is
the worker here). The project focuses on supporting families to join the general
Transition classes, as well as offering health checks to children before they start
school, and information packs for family members.

If you know any families with children starting school in these areas, please refer them to Denise or Kimberley
who can be contacted on 4322 1600.

      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
      recognised at Central Coast NAIDOC Week awards
                                                       recognised at Central Coast NAIDOC Week awards
     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
                                                        ational artist were among the 13 winners announced
     A local high school, a women’s group and an intern                                                 work
                                                       unity Awards Ball. The awards acknowledge the
     at this year’s Central Coast NAIDOC Week Comm                                                 of a week
                                                           Islander people and mark the conclusion
     and talent of the area’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait
                                                         people attended the function.
     of celebrations for NAIDOC Week. More than 250                                                        ing
                                                         d went to The Mirring Corporation for their untir
     This year’s Outstanding Service/Organisation awar                                             , but also
                                                             only helps the Indigenous community
     community support. The Mirring Corporation not
                                                        Aboriginal children.
     provides support to non-Aboriginal women with

      Other winners on the night were:                                                    l
      Community Service/Humanities:      Keith Hall, Cindy O'Brien and Gorokan High Schoo
                                         Jim Kyle and Mega  n Cain-Bugeia
      Achievement in Work:                                                               l
      Achievement in Art/Culture:        Kevin Duncan, Lila Kirby and Gorokan High Schoo
                                                Didge Grou  p
      Achievement in Sport:              Matt Sonter, Donna Sutton and Stacey Markham
                                                      Aboriginal Corporation
      Outstanding Service /Organisation: The Mirring
      Non Indigenous Service Award:      Terry Thirlwell

      Central Coast Aboriginal Education Path
                                             ways                                                      Group
      A terrific night was held earlier this
                                                                                                              2008 Awards
                                             year to celebrate       General awards went to 285 students
      the educational achievements of the
                                                Central Coast        School Certificate
      Aboriginal community.                                                                            116
                                                                     Higher School Certificate
     Outstanding Achievement Awards                                  TAFE
                                         went to 4                   University
     community members who excelled in                                                                 4
                                       their particular              NAISDA
     courses of study.                                                                                 16
                                                                     CC Community College
                                                                     Youth Connections

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Spotlight on Peter Jessop
& The Kincumber Men's Shed
Interview, photos and article by Pippa Sangster
from The Benevolent Society

I am a child of the depression. A civil engineer by profession, I
have worked in Canada and the UK and have been involved in
such jobs as the strengthening of the Hume Dam and president
of Cobar Water Board in a time of drought. I came to Gosford
in 1977 as Project Manager Public Works building the Gosford
Wyong sewerage and water supply schemes. When I turned
53 I decided it was time I retired to do other things – and this
was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.

1. How did you come to be involved with Kincumber Men’s
    Returning from a holiday on the Murray River I passed
    Grenfell Railway Goods Shed. Goods Sheds were
    an ancillary part of the railway system especially at
    a terminus. Here, goods came in by rail, were stored
    and distributed by road transport. The Grenfell Goods
    Shed had been adapted to a Men’s Shed by a guy called
                                                                                         Peter Jessop
    Len Wallace. Len had been through the trauma of the
    Vietnam war with its consequent problems but through
    this background he saw a vision of the Men’s Shed. The             of the Kincumber Uniting Church Council and was in a
    Men’s Shed fitted in with what I also considered was               position to do something about getting a piece of dirt
    valuable for men’s mental health, and I thought we                 on the church property. Driving forces included Wally
    ought to have one of these at Kincumber.                           Morrison, John Connor, Alan Sparkes and Kim Hopkins.
                                                                       We received donations of money from the local
2. What was needed to set up the Kincumber Men’s                       community, state government and UnitingCare Ageing.
   Shed?                                                               UCA has been a continued supporter of the Men’s Shed,
   There are two essential ingredients to setting up a                 providing seed funds for a 50% extension of the shed
   Men’s Shed, or to run almost anything. You need a                   and recently for the lining of the shed.
   piece of dirt and you need driving forces. I’m a member
                                                                    3. What does the Men’s Shed mean to the people who
                                                                       participate in it?
                                                                       When the Shed first started in February 2007 there were
                                                                       about 6 or 8 men per session. Now we have 25 guys every
                                                                       Monday, Wednesday and soon on Friday. The fact that

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   these fellows come consistently indicates that it must be         and this is the way that I can see things going - where
   achieving its goal, which is men’s mental health – that’s         organisations take over the shed and use its resources.
   the simplistic mission - I think it goes deeper than that.        They would be responsible for public liability, OHS -
   One of our members, Frank, is an ex Chief Petty Officer           we just provide the facility. I can see it working with
   of the Royal Navy. He was a very competent tradesman              the disabled, indigenous youth, marginalised youth,
   but lost the use of his left side through a stroke. He tells      women, etc. I can also see people who work during the
   me he was depressed and the Men’s Shed helped bring               week being able to use it on Saturdays, so there’s lots
   him out. We have an ex medical practitioner, welders,             of potential here. Project drivers are the only missing
   tool makers, a shipwright, a school teacher, a plant              links.
   operator - all sorts of different skills – and they keep
   coming back each week.                                         6. What has been your favourite piece of advice and who
                                                                     gave it to you?
4. Tell me about an interesting project that has been                My father told me there is no such word as “can’t” and
   carried out by the Men’s Shed                                     that anything you make is better than anything you
   The display board at Frost Reserve was our biggest job.           buy.
   We built chocolate wheels for East Gosford Lions and
   Everglades Country Club. We also built stage props for         7. What advice would you give to young people?
   the Mental Health Theatre and a set of rehabilitation             To realise that it is possible to get enjoyment out of
   steps for Frank to use for his physiotherapy. We do work          simple things, ignore the lies of advertising and practice
   for a donation. With seed funding we have virtually               the doctrine of thrift.
   built the shed inside its steel shell!
                                                                  8. What are you passionate about?
5. What do you see for the future of the Men’s Shed?                 I am passionate about the fact that I’m running out of
   We are open 3 days a week for the benefit of virtually            time. I turn 79 in a week and I have a lot of things that
   retired men. However my concern is that the facility is           I wish to accomplish to maximise a person’s potential.
   underutilised. Our DA permits us to open 6 days a week,
   9am to 5pm. We had a project last year where Terrigal          If you’re interested in talking to Peter please call him on
   High School brought marginalised pupils to make things         (02) 4369 5705.
   with mentors. This was run exclusively by the school

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The Big Picture
The Wood Inquiry into                                       Community Services Grants
                                                            Program Review Communiqué from the Director General
Department of Community                                     June 2008 Communiqué 6 (Edited version)

Services                                                    This Communiqué is in response to apparent concerns by
                                                            the sector in relation to the movement of CSGP funds in the
The report of this inquiry is due to be released in         NSW Budget papers, 2007/2008. The Budget papers indicate
September. The Commission has held more than 20             that CSGP funding has been moved from “Community
forums across NSW and has asked for the extension to        Development and Capacity Building” in 2007/2008 to
fully process the huge amount of information gathered.      “Contracted Child Protection Services” in 2008/2009.

Nine forums focused on specific issues such as mandatory    The four basic service activities identified in the CSGP Review
reporting, early intervention and out-of-home care, and     will form the basis for a coordinated response to prevention
14 forums were taken to regional and rural NSW.             and early intervention and child protection concerns in the
                                                            community. These activities include Service Development and
Justice Wood has now received more than 600 submissions,    Community Capacity Building, Skills Development and Resilience
held 65 stakeholder meetings and issued 73 summons’         Building, Coordinated Support and Intensive Support.
for information. Copies of submissions to the inquiry can
be read at the following link:                              Providing coordinated child protection and early     intervention requires a whole of community approach to
ll_splprojects.nsf/pages/cpsi_cpsi_sub_received             the provision of support services. DoCS remains committed
                                                            to the development of services directed to strengthening
                                                            families and communities and improving individual and
                                                            community resilience.
Aboriginal Child Youth and
                                                            The Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection
Family Strategy Update                                      Services provides an opportunity to recognise the unique
                                                            contribution of the CSGP in supporting child protection,
At the time of going to press there is no further news      early intervention and community strengthening. It is
on the implementation of planned changes to this            anticipated that the remodelled program will be developed
important strategy.                                         in line with the new headline result of “Disadvantaged
                                                            children, young people, families and disadvantaged
                                                            communities are resilient and safe”. With the continued
                                                            support of the CSGP Roundtable and the CSGP service sector,
DoCS Research to Practice                                   the implementation of the review will develop the program
                                                            into a service system that provides a comprehensive support
Update - July 2008                                          network for the disadvantaged in our community.
documents/research_update_july08.pdf                        documents/csgp_communique_6.pdf

Inside Out (DoCS)                                           National Child Protection Week
July/ August 2008                                           NAPCAN’s “Children See, Children Do” advertisement presents a
                                                            strong message that we all carry this responsibility. For NCPW 08 we
edition                                                     are asking you to assist in ensuring that this advertisement is seen
                                                            by as many people as possible and that it is seen more than once.                                       (Advertising relies on repeated viewing to achieve effective impact).                                    You can download a free copy from our website or obtain a free DVD
/PC_100487.html                                             – see below for details. We are also asking you to facilitate discussion
                                                            around this theme… bring people together to discuss the ad and

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its message. Encourage people to think about their own behaviours,       Download a free copy of Children See Children Do*
what behaviours they would like children to be copying and what          Register for NCPW and receive your Promotions Pack containing
action they might take to make their example positive. You might         NAPCAN’s Parenting Tips resource pack and a DVD containing
come up with other innovative ways to encourage this positive            Children See Children Do.
behaviour change – let us know so that we can spread the word.           For further information, contact

Australia’s Children Safe and Well- A national framework for protecting
Australia’s children… Discussion Paper released
The Australian Government has proposed a national framework for              2.   Better collaboration between services
protecting children because the safety of children is a responsibility       3.   Improving responses for children in care and leaving care
for all levels of government and for all Australians. National               4.   Improving responses for Indigenous children
leadership is required for this important policy area. The Australian        5.   Attracting and retaining the right workforce
Government’s aim in developing the framework is to help ensure               6.   Improving child protection systems
better outcomes for all Australian children. The issues and proposals
outlined in this paper form a starting point for discussions with key    For the full discussion paper see:
stakeholders, experts and others interested in protecting children.
Other ideas or viewpoints are welcome. Important conversations
will be held through to August 2008 with State and Territory             Many responses are available on line. Here are the links to a few of
Governments, community organisations, researchers and those              them:
with direct experience of child protection systems – children, young     - The Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA)
people, families and communities. A series of expert committees,            represents community service organisations working with
involving key community stakeholders, will convene during May/              vulnerable children, young people and families.
June 2008 and provide assistance as ideas are further developed.  
Opportunities for comment on the paper have now closed. In the              Response_June_08.pdf
scheme suggested there are 6 key components: each proposal links
to and builds on the others;                                             -   Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Inc.
    1. Stronger prevention focus                                             SNAICC

The National Quality Framework for Early Education and
Care Discussion Paper
The National Quality Framework for Early Education and Care              •  What are the most effective ways for educators to
Discussion Paper has been released by the Commonwealth                      optimise children’s learning and development?
Government. There is a call for submissions on the content               The discussion paper is pages long and is fairly complex.
of the new proposed national quality framework and a                     Community Child Care will be making submissions to the
national early years learning framework.                                 process but urges all members to also be involved.

This process will probably mean extensive changes in the                 The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace
way both preschools and long day care services in NSW                    Relations in conjunction with the NSW State Government
will be regulated and accredited and will result in a new                are running public consultation sessions on the discussion
national accreditation system and an Early Years Learning                paper. The NSW forum dates and locations close to the
Framework for the sector.                                                Central Coast are as follows.
The discussion paper canvasses issues such as:                           1. Sydney CBD (Day Session), August 21 – PM
• What are appropriate quality standards for early                       5. Sydney CBD (Evening Session), September 2
    childhood education and care?                                        7. Newcastle, September 3
• How should service quality be rated?
• How can we improve the current licensing and                           To register for one of the forums you need to call
    accreditation arrangements for the early childhood                   1800 220 425 or send an email to:
    education and care sector?                                 
• How do we develop the workforce for a new quality
    early childhood education and care system?                           To read the discussion paper see:
• What do we want children to know, understand and be                    sectors/early_childhood/policy_initiatives_reviews/coag/
    able to do?                                                          discussion.htm

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Learning Links
I will be starting planning for the Semester 1, 2009 calendar, so please let me know if you
have any requests or ideas for next year.
From Hellen Dib, CCNOP Learning and Development Coordinator

Learning & Development

     2008 Central Coast Networks of Practice Learning and Development Calendar
        DATE                WORKSHOP / PRESENTER                                          DETAILS
Monday                    Domestic Violence and the Impact on                         C.A.R.E.S - Palmdale
11th August                             Children                                        9.00am – 4.30pm
                                    Mirna Tarabay                                          Cost $85.00
                                                                    Incl. Morning Tea / Lunch / Afternoon Tea & Certificates
Tuesday                 Strategies for Creating Partnerships with                    C.A.R.E.S - Palmdale
26th August                Parents who have a Mental Illness                          9.30am – 12.30pm
                                       Ruth Phelan                                       Cost $40.00
                                                                                      Incl. Morning Tea
Monday                  Counselling Skills for the Non-Counsellor                     C.A.R.E.S - Palmdale
1st & 29th                          2 Day Workshop                                     9.00am – 4.30pm
September                            Mirna Tarabay                                       Cost $140.00
                                                                           Incl. Morning Tea / Lunch / Afternoon Tea
Monday                   Guiding Children’s Behaviour for Early                  Wallarah Bay Recreation Club
17th November                      Childhood Staff                                 40 Wallarah Rd Gorokan
& Monday 1st                   – a 2 evening workshop                                  6.30pm – 9.30pm
December                            Brenda Haynes                               Cost $60.00 (for both evenings)
Monday                       Understanding the Journey of                             C.A.R.E.S - Palmdale
10th November                  Loss & Grief in Childhood                               9.00am – 4.30pm
                                    Mirna Tarabay                                         Cost $85.00
                                                                           Incl. Morning Tea / Lunch / Afternoon Tea

Other Training
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
The PIAC's training calendar for the next five months is now available. Course subjects include: “Law for Non-
Lawyers”; “Work the System: An Introduction to Advocacy”; “Effective Advocacy Skills and Strategies”; “Advanced
Media Skills” and “Protecting Human Rights: Train the Trainer”.
Contact: Carolyn Grenville, Training Coordinator or 02 8898 6500,

     4th Central Coast Community Congress held!
     Another successful Central Coast Community Congress was held last week at the Gosford Race Club. Attended
     by several hundred people over the 2 days, there was a choice of over 40 workshops, 2 Keynotes speakers
     (Dr Ingrid Burkett and Ms Geraldine Doogue), lots of examples of 'Real People Doing Real things' and
     considerable networking as well. Congratulations on this event- it is a real example of partnership in practice.

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More Learning & Development Opportunities on the Coast
Course Name               Date       Venue              Time       Presenter                  Cost / Contact
Working with Men          Tues       Central Coast      Full Day   TBA                        $132.00
                          2 Sept     Location TBA                                             PH: 8830 0755
Working with Men &        Wed        Central Coast      Full Day   TBA                        $132.00
Conflict                  3 Sept     Location TBA                                             PH: 8830 0755
Looking Behind            Wed        Lake Macquarie     6.30pm     NSW Family Day             $33.00
Behaviour                 3 Sept     City Council       – 9.30pm   Care Association           ($38.00 if invoice
                                                                                              PH: 1800 157 818
Safe Home Visiting        Thurs      John Hunter        Full Day   Donna Bevan                $155.00
                          11 Sept    Hospital                      CCWT                       PH: 9281 8822
Pathways to Inclusion:    Tues       Gosford RSL Club   6pm        Lorraine Madden $33.00
Making a Difference in    23 Sept    West Gosford       – 9pm      Semann & Slattery ($38.00 if invoice
Children’s Services                                                                  required)
                                                                                     PH: 1800 157 818
In Tune with Toddlers     Tuesday    Mingara            6pm        Diane Duvall               $33.00
                          14 Oct     Recreation Club    – 9pm      Lady Gowrie                ($38.00 if invoice
                                     Tumbi Umbi                                               required)
                                                                                              PH: 1800 157 818
Case Management :         Wed        Charlestown        9am        DOCS NGO                   Free For DoCS
Working with People       15 Oct                        – 4.30pm   Training Unit              Funded Non-
with Complex Needs.                                                                           Government
                                                                                              PH: 9209 6456
Understanding             Tues       Travelodge Hotel   6.30pm     Donna Brooks               $33.00
Accreditation             28th Oct   Newcastle          – 9.30pm   Lady Gowrie                ($38.00 if invoice
and Continuing                                                                                required)
Improvement in Long                                                                           PH: 1800 157 818
Day Care
Identifying and           Tues & Wed Gosford            9am        DOCS NGO                   Free For DoCS
Responding to Risk of     11 & 12 Nov                   – 4.30pm   Training Unit              Funded Non-
Harm                                                                                          Government                                                                         Organisations                                                                              PH: 9209 6456
Financial Secrets for     Tues       Central Coast      6pm-9pm    Community Child $33.00
Childcare                 11 Nov     Leagues Club                  Care Co-operative ($38.00 if invoice
                                     Gosford                                         required)
                                                                                     PH: 1800 157 818
Difficult Conversations   Tues       John Hunter        Full Day   Paula Hayden               $155.00
                          11 Nov     Hospital                      CCWT                       PH: 9281 8822
Identify and Respond      Wed        Gosford Golf &     9.30am     Nan Greig                  $33.00
to Children and Young     19 Nov     Function Centre    – 4.30pm   ECTARC                     ($38.00 if invoice
People at Risk of Harm               Gosford                                                  required)
                                                                                              PH: 1800 157 818

Identifying and           Tues & Wed Gosford            9am        DOCS NGO                   Free For DoCS
Responding to Risk of     11 & 12 Nov                   – 4.30pm   Training Unit              Funded Non-
Harm                                                                                          Government
                                                                                              PH: 9209 6456

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                              CONFERENCES 2008
-11 September    CHANGE, CHALLENGE, INNOVATION, INCLUSION. Citigate Central, Sydney NSW
                  SDN Children's Services Conference 2008,. Sydney. Australian Technology Park
12 September
                  XVIIth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect. Melbourne, Vic
10-12 September
                  5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural
10-12 September
                  Disorders - From Margins to Mainstream. Perth, WA
                  NOTA Conference 2008 - Managing Sexual Abuse: From Private Pain to Public Protection. Malta
1-22 September
                  The Social Capital Foundation International (TSCF) Conference. Cairns, Qld
22-25 September
                  Creating Futures - Research, Practice and Policy: Indigenous, Rural & Remote and Island Nations in
24-25 September   Transition. Brisbane, Qld
                  The 4 Rs - Rights, Respect, Reconciliation, Responsibility International Conference.
30 September -
                  University of Technology, Sydney
3 October
                  International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) WorldForum 2008 - Early Intervention and Prevention.
1-3 October
                  Cairns, Qld
                  AWE National Conference 2008 - Choices, Chances & Opportunities: Women and Girls in the 21st
2-4 October
                  Century. Perth, WA
                  Early Childhood Australia Biennial Conference - Children: A Nation's Capital. Melbourne, Vic
7 October
                  Housing and Social Cohesion. Melbourne, Vic
15-16 October
                  Partnerships for Social Inclusion. Manila, Philippines
1-22 October
                  CRFR Annual Conference - Understanding Families and Relationships over Time. Cairns, Qld
5-7 November
5-7 November      Family Relationship Services National Conference 2008 - Collective Wisdom: Together We are Better.
                  Melbourne, Vic
5-8 November      2008 Australian & New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference - My space, Your space, Our space:
                  Exploring the Future of Adolescent Health Together. Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
11 November       Making Links 2008 - The Conference Where Social Action and Technology Converge. Melbourne
5-8 November      70th National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference - Lenses on Family. Adelaide, SA
-12 November     The Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMH) - Angels in the Nursery. Melbourne, Vic
13-15 November    Strength in Unity: Sharing & Building Skills. Melbourne, Vic
17-18 November    CEIEC 2008 Conference - Honoring the Child, Honoring Equity 8: Young citizen(s), New Citizenship(s).
                  Sydney, NSW
20-21 November    Children's Health Conference - Health Care for Kids: The People, The Map and The Measure.
                  20-21 Nov 2008, Melbourne, Vic
23-26 Nov         QEC 5th International Biennial Conference - Reaching Out to Vulnerable Families: Achieving Better
                  Outcomes for Children<TR. Sydney, NSW
03 December       ABCD Asia Pacific Conference. University of Newcastle
3-5 December      9th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference. Surfers Paradise, Qld
5-7 December      International Conference on Homicide: Domestic Related Homicide. Los Angeles, USA
7–11th December   World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education. Melbourne, Vic
This section contains a range of resources which may assist you in the work you do

The Capacity Toolkit is a guide to assessing a person's       Dare to Lead June 2008 Newsletter APAPDC's
capacity to make legal, medical, financial and personal       Indigenous education newsletter. Issue 34, June 2008. In
decisions. You can order it by using the link below. It       this issue:
is aimed at people with a disability and from CALD            • Early Childhood; Dare to Lead Activity Across Australia
backgrounds                                                   • Dare to Lead project news across Australia               • Garma
                                                              • Moorditj
Every Child Can Learn : Using Learning Tools                  • Achievement Award Winners
and play to help children with developmental                  • National Indigenous Education Conferences
                                                              h t t p : / / w w w. d a r e t o l e a d . e d u . a u / s e r v l e t /
delay Katrin Stroh, Thelma Robinson and Alan Proctor          Web?s=169694&p=NL_June_08
Based on the authors' own clinical practice and extensive
experience in the field, this book (CD-Rom included) is a
creative and flexible aid to helping children with learning   Presentations from the Australian Institute
difficulties.                             of Family Studies 2008 Conference: Families
                                                              through life Presentations and papers from the
                                                              Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference held
                                                              in Melbourne from 9-11 July are being progressively
                                                              posted on the Institute website.

SAAP National Data Collection 2006-07 Annual
Report New report finds SAAP services working hard
to help families in need. The Minister for Families,
Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,
Jenny Macklin, said Indigenous people were significantly
overrepresented in the SAAP Annual Report. SAAP               Parenting and Families in Australia Social Policy
services have seen a marked increase in the reported          Research Paper 34/ Stephen R Zubrick, Grant J Smith,
number of accompanying children in SAAP services - up         Jan M Nicholson, Ann V Sanson and Tanyana A Jackiewicz
26 per cent since 2005-06, with accompanying Indigenous       and the LSAC Research Consortium. June 2008
children using SAAP services at five times the rate of non-   This paper explores a number of topic areas in relation
Indigenous children.                                          to infants and children in Australian families. The paper          examines:
content/saap_31jul_2008.htm                                   • parenting styles and family functioning
                                                              • factors influencing parents' feelings and perceptions
Guide to Acronyms Don't know your HACC from                       about the way they parent their children
your SAAP? Get your ACOSS confused with your NCOSS?           • the roles and contributions of parents who do not
TRI's communityNet has developed this resource to help            live with their children
community workers, particularly those new to the sector,      • feelings of stress and sources of social support for
navigate the myriad of acronyms that populate the sector.         parents
The list is available for download in the communityNet        • the relationship of parenting practices to child
Resources & Publications section                                  outcomes,com_    
docman/Itemid,288/task,cat_view/gid,225/                      research/prps-prps_34.htm

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Delivering improvements in Aboriginal and Australian Research Alliance for Children and
Torres Strait Islander child and maternal health Youth (ARACY) - new online discussion forum,
Colleen Hayward and others / Telethon Institute for Child    provided to enable discussion and debate between
Health Research (TICHR)                                      policy makers, practitioners and researchers on evidence-
The Rio Tinto Child Health Partnership was developed         based solutions to improve the wellbeing of children and
to deliver improvements in Aboriginal and Torres             young people, and is open to ARACY members. There
Strait Islander child and maternal health through three      are five initial topics on the ARACY Forum:
projects:                                                    · Building child (un)friendly communities? Will the
• modelling the WA Aboriginal Child Health Survey for           boom in medium & high density housing increase
    the Northern Territory and Queensland                       problems for children?
• a national foetal alcohol syndrome prevention              · The Draft National Child Protection Framework: What
    strategy                                                    works to protect children?
• enhancing Aboriginal workforce capacity.                   · Reducing binge drinking: Is tax a turn off for teens?
The five-year partnership concluded in 2007. This report     · Improving early childhood education and care: Are
evaluates the results stating that "the partnership has         one stop shops the answer?
allowed strong relationships to be forged between            · Quarantining welfare payments: What are the best
researchers, Aboriginal communities, health services,           solutions for reducing child maltreatment?
government agencies and departments and corporate
Australia."                                         cfm?section=home1

New NZ parenting website                                     Staying on Course: Educational engagement
Stuck on how to deal with a parenting issue? The             and re-engagement.
Families Commission has launched a new website for 
parents that offers hints, tips and links to organisations   asp?pub_id=11
on a variety of parenting topics. Drop in for ideas on
how to deal with moody teenagers through to keeping          The best start in life? Alleviating deprivation,
the kids busy on a rainy day.                                improving social mobility and eradicating
                                                             child poverty This report argues that good quality
Positive Parenting: Supporting parents with                  childcare can prove instrumental in providing children
                                                             with the best start in life and is essential to encourage
learning disabilities.                                       parents back to work. It finds that there are groups of             children who have a much higher risk of growing up
asp?pub_id=83                                                in poverty and considers the evidence of rates of child
                                                             poverty amongst different ethnic minority groups.

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Clearing House
Many of you may wonder why we have chosen Ethical Practice as a topic for the Clearinghouse.
It has been chosen because here at Networks of Practice we believe you cannot separate
consideration of ethics from the idea of best practice. A shared view about ethical practice can
be a unifying tool for workers from different professional backgrounds. Clarity around ethics is
a key reference point for yourself when making decisions in your work.

What are ethics? There are many answers to this question... and there is confusion between
what a personal dilemma about values might be versus what is a professional ethical dilemma.

St James Ethics Centre is a fully independent, not-for-
profit organisation which provides a non-judgemental
forum for the promotion and exploration of ethics.
The Ethics Centre's mission is to encourage and assist
individuals and organisations to include the ethical
dimension in their daily lives, and thereby help to create
a better world. St James Ethics Centre has no political or
religious affiliations. It has lots of resources on its website,
including an Ethics News section, an extensive and
expanding collection of articles about ethics, covering a
very diverse array of subject areas and ideas, a quarterly
newsletter, Living Ethics, and a collection of ethics-
related cartoons. You'll also be able to give yourself an
'ethics workout' with their monthly ethical dilemmas.
Plus there's our ethics quotes generator to give you some
food for thought.

Ethical Responses for Vulnerable Children and
Families is a powerpoint presentation presented to the
2008 Australian College for Child & Family Protection
Practitioners, entitled Ethical Responsiveness.

Cultural Challenges For Violence Prevention:
Working Towards An Ethical Practice Of Sustainable
Interventions (2002) Rochelle Braaf & Gargi Ganguly
In Australia, existing postcolonial and multicultural social
relations necessitate that those working in the field of
preventing violence against women recognise cultural
differences in the ways that violence is manifested, how
women seek and access support, and outcomes which
women desire. The paper discusses issues arising from
prevention work which seeks to address (conflicting)
goals of bridging cultural difference, celebrating cultural
diversity and ensuring cultural sustainability - and

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considers implications for women from diverse cultural                                accepted largely uncritically as a reasonable basis for
groups. The paper draws on examples of prevention                                     social security policy… This article leaves behind specific
practice in NSW to explore these issues. An argument is                               critiques about implementation and ‘unpacks’ the
made for consideration of ethical dimensions of practice                              philosophical and ethical basis of the concept in relation
in order to inform prevention’s engagement with cultural                              to welfare policy.
issues; that is, to work towards appropriate and effective                  
prevention strategies, which support women from diverse
cultural groups to create futures free of violence.                                   Guidelines For Ethical Decision Making Ethical
h t t p : / / w w w. a u s t d v c l e a r i n g h o u s e . u n s w. e d u . a u /   Decision Making is the process of critical reflection,
Conference%20papers/Exp-horiz/Braaf_Ganguly.pdf                                       evaluation and judgement through which an ISANA
                                                                                      member resolves ethical issues, problems and dilemmas.
Ethical Practice in Prenatal Screening – Can Informed                                 Ethical dilemmas arise when an ISANA member must
Consent Deliver As the technological capacity to                                      make a choice between alternative courses of action,
diagnose certain conditions prenatally expands, and more                              each of which is supported by moral considerations, yet
asymptomatic women are exposed to routine forms of                                    each of which will result in an outcome which is in some
prenatal screening, increasing emphasis is being placed                               way undesirable.
on the garnering of informed consent within existing                        
testing regimes to confer ethical legitimisation to this                              GuidelinesforEthicalDecisionMaking.pdf
routine medical intervention. But while the garnering of
informed consent has been incorporated into prenatal                                  The Responsible Practice of Research Professor Les
routines, recent studies show that for most women the                                 Field Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
purpose, practicalities and potential outcomes of the                       
tests they have 'consented' to are poorly understood.                                 HDR_Responsible_Practice_of_Research%20-                                           %2011%20October%202006.pdf

Moving Beyond Managerialism in Human Services:
Emerging ethical issues in human services delivery Lonne,
B; McDonald,C; Fox,T. Ethical practice in the human services
focuses on the principles and actions of practitioners
rather than the conduct and influence of organisations.
Research by the authors in southeast Queensland
provided evidence of contemporary and widespread
deletorious influences of the increasing marketisation
of human services programs and organisations. Human
service professionals reported that they are increasingly
witnessing reduced service quality, resource scarcity and
altered management responses;dn=80

Misrepresentation Why the Right is wrong on social
workers Philip Mendes
                                                                                      Social Work Ethics Audits: A New Tool for Ethical
                                                                                      Practice Dr Donna McAuliffe This paper presents
Current Issues in Ethics W. Rogers, A. Braunack-
                                                                                      preliminary results of a research project focusing on
Mayer, All researchers share general ethical obligations
                                                                                      implementation and evaluation of a 'Social Work Ethics
towards participants in research of the kind outlined in
                                                                                      Audit' risk management tool.
the NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in
Research Involving Humans. There are however, several
features of primary care which contribute to a unique
environment for research.                                                             Ethical Practice in Social Work: An applied approach                                  Bowles, W; Collingridge, Mi; Curry, S; Valentine, B In an
n%20Ethics.pdf                                                                        increasingly fragmented and regulated world, the authors
                                                                                      of Ethical Practice in Social Work argue that social work
Mutual obligation: ethical and social implications
                                                                                      has become detached from its ethical roots. Their aim
On the surface, the idea of mutual obligation appears
                                                                                      is to reinstate ethics as the driving force of good social
to be reasonable and uncontroversial…. Although there
                                                                                      work and welfare practice.
has been vigorous criticism from numerous quarters,
including ACOSS, about how the idea is implemented
in Government policy, the concept of mutual obligation
itself now has a ‘motherhood’ quality about it and is

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Center for Ethical Practice - Furthering ethical                                           groups, local institutions, and government decision
practices by mental health professionals with workshops,                                   makers. This article identifies the values inherent in
seminars, consultation services, online resources, and                                     community practice, describes ethical issues encountered
home study opportunities. Has loads of resources                                           by organizers, and examines tools available to organizers
available to peruse.                                                                       for resolving common ethical dilemmas. http://goliath.                                         
Counselors: Selected Ethical Standards Related To
Informed Consent                                                                           Political ecology as ethical practice (Lucy Jarosz)
h t t p : / / w w w. c e n t e r f o r e t h i c a l p r a c t i c e . o r g / F o r m -   This paper argues that public scholarship can make
InformedConsentEthics-Counselors.htm                                                       political ecology's approach more concrete for students,
                                                                                           because it focuses upon problems of inequality and
Ken Pope website The site provides free access to                                          resource access in their own communities and can foster
a variety of articles from journals such as American                                       ethically informed research projects useful to state and
Psychologist Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology;                                  nongovernmental organizations while opening new
Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice; Psychology,                                       research venues for students, teachers and community
Public Policy, & Law, American Journal of Psychiatry, and                                  members.
Professional Psychology: Research & Practice -- as well                          
as the complete contents of a book (Children, Ethics, &                                    udi=B6VG2-4CT6029-3&_user=6086633&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_
the Law). Topics include: Therapy, Ethics, Malpractice,                                    orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_us
Forensics, Critical Thinking (and a few other topics)                                      erid=6086633&md5=6e3677c7897aa61d4e7c5fa97ec88065

Ethical Basis For Good Practice In Play Therapy The
Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapy replaces
all earlier codes of ethics and practice for Play Therapists
and is applicable to all those using Play Therapy or Play
Therapy related services. Within this document, the
term ‘Play Therapist’ is generally used to refer to anyone
undertaking the role of a Play Therapist, Trainee Play
Therapist, Supervisor, Trainer, Researcher or Manager of
Play Therapy or related services.

Guidelines for ethical practice in community
organizations Community organizers often encounter
ethical dilemmas in practice. Most organizers engage on
a regular basis with community residents, constituency

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Practice Tips
Not every organisation has a code of ethics, even though there is usually some statement about ethical
practice somewhere in the organisations. Here is one example of what a Code of Ethics can look like.

The Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics (2006)
    ‘Wise moral decisions will always acknowledge our                       The following values and processes are considered central to the
    interdependency; our moral choices are ours alone, but they             Code of Ethics:
    bind us all to those who will be affected by them. So deciding          • respect        • democracy      • honesty   • integrity
    for yourself what’s right or wrong does not mean deciding in            • justice        • courage        • education • inclusivity
    isolation’ (Mackay, 2004, p. 242).                                      • social and cultural responsiveness.

This Code of Ethics provides a framework for reflection about the           Definitions
ethical responsibilities of early childhood professionals. Following        In this Code of Ethics, for the purposes of this document, these terms
a national process of consultation, principles emerged which are            are given the following meanings:
indicative of the values we share as early childhood professionals               Children — People between the ages of birth and eight years.
in Australia. The Code is intended for use by all early childhood                Families — The people who have significant care responsibilities
professionals who work with or on behalf of children and families in             for and/or kinship relationships with the child.
early childhood settings.                                                        Early Childhood Professional — A person who works with or on
In developing this second edition of Early Childhood Australia’s                 behalf of children and families in early childhood settings.
Code of Ethics, the national working party was mindful of changes                Communities — Groups of people who identify as having shared
in the knowledge base of early childhood that have occurred over                 values and intentions. These groups are recognised as complex,
the last decade. New research has allowed significant changes in                 being simultaneously connected by commonality and diversity.
understandings to emerge that reposition children as citizens with               Employer — An individual or organisation which employs early
entitlements and rights. Increasingly, children are seen as competent            childhood professionals.
and capable and able to participate in the negotiation of their learning         Student — A person undertaking study at a secondary or tertiary
and social experiences. Additionally, societal and environmental                 institution.
changes at the local, national and global levels impact on children and
families with consequent implications for our work. In recognition of       Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics
the impact of globalisation and global sustainability, this revised Code    In this Code of Ethics the protection and wellbeing of children is
identifies ethical responsibilities to work with children and families in   paramount and therefore speaking out or taking action in the presence
order to address global issues locally.                                     of unethical practice is an essential professional responsibility.

Just as the world has changed for children and families, so it has          I.   In relation to children, I will:
changed for professionals who work with them. The notion of lifelong             1. Act in the best interests of all children.
learning, reflective practice, researching with children, new methods            2. Respect the rights of children as enshrined in the United
of documenting and assessing children’s learning, and collaborating                  Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1991) and
across traditional service and discipline boundaries are examples of                 commit to advocating for these rights.
contemporary requirements for early childhood professionals.                     3. Recognise children as active citizens participating in different
Inherent in this Code is the understanding that children learn within                communities such as family, children’s services and schools.
their family and community groups, bringing rich knowledge, a                    4. Work with children to help them understand that they are
diversity of experiences and identities to their learning. Sociocultural             global citizens with shared responsibilities to the environment
theories have moved our focus beyond individual children’s                           and humanity.
development to highlight the importance of social contexts to                    5. Respect the special relationship between children and their
children’s learning and development. As children participate and                     families and incorporate this perspective in all my interactions
learn in their communities, they in turn influence those communities.                with children.
Early childhood communities ought to be spaces and places where                  6. Create and maintain safe, healthy environments, spaces and
practices such as responsive listening and dialogue can build                        places, which enhance children’s learning, development,
connections and relationships which sustain and advance individual                   engagement, initiative, self-worth, dignity and show respect
and collective wellbeing.                                                            for their contributions.
                                                                                 7. Work to ensure children and families with additional needs
Early childhood professionals have a strong history of advocating on                 can exercise their rights.
behalf of children and their families. This revised Code builds on this          8. Acknowledge the uniqueness and potential of all children,
tradition by making explicit the ethical responsibility to take action in            in recognition that enjoying their childhood without undue
the face of injustice and when unethical practice occurs.                            pressure is important.
This Code is not intended to, and could not possibly provide easy                9. Acknowledge the holistic nature of children’s learning and
answers, formulae, or prescriptive solutions for the complex issues                  the significance of children’s cultural and linguistic identities.
early childhood professionals face in their work. As an aspirational             10. Work to ensure children are not discriminated against on the
document, it does provide a basis for critical reflection, a guide                   basis of gender, age, ability, economic status, family structure,
for professional behaviour, and principles to inform individual and                  lifestyle, ethnicity, religion, language, culture, or national
collective decision-making.                                                          origin.

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   11. Acknowledge children as competent learners, and build active                and communicate openly with the representatives of that
       communities of engagement and inquiry.                                      institution.
   12. Honour children’s right to play, as both a process and context           5. Provide ongoing constructive feedback and assessment that is
       for learning.                                                               fair and equitable.
                                                                                6. Implement strategies that will empower students to make
II. In relation to families, I will:                                               positive contributions to the workplace.
    1. Listen to and learn from families, in order to acknowledge               7. Maintain confidentiality in relation to students.
         and build upon their strengths and competencies, and
         support them in their role of nurturing children.                   VI. In relation to my employer, I will:
    2. Assist each family to develop a sense of belonging and                    1. Support workplace policies, standards and practices that are
         inclusion.                                                                  fair, non-discriminatory and are in the best interest of children
    3. Develop positive relationships based on mutual trust and                      and families.
         open communication.                                                     2. Promote and support ongoing professional development
    4. Develop partnerships with families and engage in shared                       within my work team.
         decision making where appropriate.                                      3. Adhere to lawful policies and procedures and when there is
    5. Acknowledge the rights of families to make decisions about                    conflict, attempt to effect change through constructive action
         their children.                                                             within the organisation or seek change through appropriate
    6. Respect the uniqueness of each family and strive to learn                     procedures.
         about their culture, structure, lifestyle, customs, language,
         beliefs and kinship systems.                                        VII. In relation to myself as a professional, I will:
    7. Develop shared planning, monitoring and assessment                         1. Base my work on contemporary perspectives on research,
         practices for children’s learning and communicate this in                    theory, content knowledge, high quality early childhood
         ways that families understand.                                               practices and my understandings of the children and families
    8. Acknowledge that each family is affected by the community                      with whom I work.
         contexts in which they engage.                                           2. Regard myself as a learner who undertakes reflection, critical
    9. Be sensitive to the vulnerabilities of children and families and               self-study, continuing professional development and engages
         respond in ways that empower and maintain the dignity of                     with contemporary theory and practice.
         all children and families.                                               3. Seek and build collaborative professional relationships.
    10. Maintain confidentiality and respect the right of the family              4. Acknowledge the power dimensions within professional
         to privacy.                                                                  relationships.
                                                                                  5. Act in ways that advance the interests and standing of my
III. In relation to colleagues, I will:                                               profession.
     1. Encourage my colleagues to adopt and act in accordance                    6. Work within the limits of my professional role and avoid
         with this Code, and take action in the presence of unethical                 misrepresentation of my professional competence and
         behaviours.                                                                  qualifications.
     2. Build collaborative relationships based on trust, respect and             7. Mentor other early childhood professionals and students.
         honesty.                                                                 8. Advocate in relation to issues that impact on my profession
     3. Acknowledge and support the personal strengths, professional                  and on young children and their families.
         experience and diversity which my colleagues bring to their work.        9. Encourage qualities and practices of leadership within the
     4. Make every effort to use constructive methods to manage                       early childhood profession.
         differences of opinion in the spirit of collegiality.
     5. Share and build knowledge, experiences and resources with            VIII. In relation to the conduct of research, I will:
         my colleagues.                                                           1. Recognise that research includes my routine documentation
     6. Collaborate with my colleagues to generate a culture of                       and investigations of children’s learning and development, as
         continual reflection and renewal of high quality practices in                well as more formal research projects undertaken with and by
         early childhood.                                                             external bodies.
                                                                                  2. Be responsive to children’s participation in research,
IV. In relation to communities, I will:                                               negotiating their involvement taking account of matters such
    1. Learn about the communities that I work within and enact                       as safety, fatigue, privacy and their interest.
        curriculum programs which are responsive to those contexts                3. Support research to strengthen and expand the knowledge
        and community priorities.                                                     base of early childhood, and where possible, initiate,
    2. Connect with people, services and agencies within the                          contribute to, facilitate and disseminate such research.
        communities that support children and families.                           4. Make every effort to understand the purpose and value of
    3. Promote shared aspirations amongst communities in order to                     proposed research projects and make informed decisions as to
        enhance children’s health and wellbeing.                                      the participation of myself, colleagues, children, families and
    4. Advocate for the development and implementation of laws                        communities.
        and policies that promote child-friendly communities and                  5. Ensure research in which I am involved meets standard ethical
        work to change those that work against child and family                       procedures including informed consent, opportunity to
        wellbeing.                                                                    withdraw and confidentiality.
    5. Utilise knowledge and research to advocate for universal access            6. Ensure that images of children and other data are only
        to a range of high-quality early childhood programs for all                   collected with informed consent and are stored and utilised
        children.                                                                     according to legislative and policy requirements.
    6. Work to promote community understanding of how children                    7. Represent the findings of all research accurately.
        learn in order that appropriate systems of assessment and
        reporting are used to benefit children.                                The Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics (2006) was developed by a
                                                                                national working party consisting of Lennie Barblett (Convenor), John
V. In relation to students, I will:                                           Buckell, Sandra Cheeseman, Margaret Clyde, Lyn Fasoli, Catharine Hydon,
                                                                              Anne Kennedy, Elizabeth Dau, Linda Newman, Lois Pollnitz , Gillian Styles,
   1. Afford professional opportunities and resources for students
                                                                                        Louise Thomas, Laura Eiszele and Christine Woodrow.
       to demonstrate their competencies.                                     This working party acknowledges the work of the original Code of Ethics
   2. Acknowledge and support the personal strengths, professional                       working party and thanks them for their outstanding
       knowledge, diversity and experience which students bring to                         contribution to the early childhood profession.
       the learning environment.
   3. Model high-quality professional practices.                   
   4. Know the requirements of the students’ individual institutions         childhood_australias_code_of_ethics.html#definitions

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                                               SPECIAL CENTRAL COAST NETWORKS OF PRACTICE EVENT

                                                        ETHICS WORKSHOP
                                                 “There is no shortcut to the wisdom of good judgment”
                                                                   Gray & Gibbons 2007

                                                                       TUESDAY 0 DECEMBER
                                                             MARK YOUR DIARY NOW!!

      Fifth Annual Central Coast Connexions Conference 2008
      Children & Young PeoPle: VoiCes, rights & AdVoCACY
                                                                     Tuesday 25th

     This year our theme this year is “Children & Young People: Voices,
     Rights and Advocacy”. The Conference provides up to date
     research, emerging trends and conversations on prevention and
     intervention for domestic violence, child abuse & neglect, and
     sexual assault.
     One of our keynote speakers will be Dr Judy Atkins (Child
     Protection and Indigenous Families). Additional workshops will
     provide participants with opportunities to investigate prevention
     and intervention responses for children in out of home care,
     listening to children’s voices in the work we do with families, ways                         5nhAl
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     of supporting young people speak out, and thinking about the                                A         T
     rights of children and young people in the mandatory children
     protection system.

 For further information, contact:                           This conference for workers is brought to you by:
 VAN services: 4320 2865                                     Central Coast Networks of Practice
 The Benevolent Society 4322 1600                            (The Benevolent Society), VAN Services (NSCCAHS),
                                                             UnitingCare Burnside , Regional Youth Support Service.
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