Child-Aware Supervision: Evidence-Informed Supervision Strategies to Enhance Mental Health Outcomes for Children
“Child-Aware Supervision” describes an approach that supervisors of frontline workers take to promote child and family-sensitive practices in their work with clients who have families. It involves building a workplace culture that embraces a range of practices and attitudes that aim to keep the 'child in mind'. This practice needs to occur from a client's first contact with a service, through to follow-up.
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Child-Aware Supervision describes an approach that supervisors of frontline workers take to promote child and family-sensitive practices in their work with clients who have families. It involves building a workplace culture that embraces a range of practices and attitudes that aim to keep the 'child in mind'. This practice needs to occur from a client's first contact with a service, through to follow-up.
Despite the recognised importance of Child Awareness in most adult-focused services, it can be easy for the child to become 'invisible'. This may be a result of individual, worker and/or organisational factors. An evidence-informed Child-Aware approach incorporates attitudes, strategies and techniques that should enable workers to consistently identify and respond to children's needs.
Supervisors in community and health services that work with families and children, including (but not limited to) services that work in the areas of: mental health, drug and alcohol, domestic violence, family support and counselling, community development and capacity-building, city council children’s services.
Child Aware Supervision has been developed by the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (NWCCMH) in partnership with the Australian Centre for Child Protection and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA). This one-day course will be delivered face-to-face by Helen Francis from the NWCCMH, using multi-media learning formats: video scenarios, worksheets, reflective assessments and guided discussions.
As you progress through the day, you will be working towards:
- understanding the impact of supervision on improving mental health outcomes for children;
- assessing and building worker readiness to apply Child-Aware practices;
- exploring how worker practice/styles can impact on child outcomes;
- using supervision to support workers to reflect on how their values and attitudes impact on Child-Aware practice.
At the end of the day, you should be able to:
- describe how supervision influences the social and emotional needs of children;
- reflect on how supervision can influence child mental health outcomes;
- discuss supervision strategies that can promote child-aware approaches within your service.
About the Facilitator
Helen Francis is responsible for leading the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health's national to local strategy. She has a vast knowledge of Health/Human/Community Services, with a combination of over 30 years management experience, identifying service gaps, developing community partnerships and advocating for ‘joined up solutions to local issues’. Helen has extensive experience in child and family mental health, training and development, action research, community consultation, community development and capacity building initiatives, and ‘lived experience’ engagement in the process of co-design.
Places are limited to 20. There are very limited spots left; rego has been extended to Friday 8th March.
Fee: Covers morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and take-away Training Workbook.
- NCOSS member – $180/person (includes GST)
- Non-NCOSS member - $220/person (includes GST)
Please advise if you have any special needs (e.g. disability access or dietary requirements) when you register.
Cancellation Policy: Due to catering and booking commitments, cancellations made within 3 working days of the event cannot be refunded.
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