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Human Rights Approaches in Social and Community Services- 2022 learning series

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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UPDATE, 5 May 2022

For early registrants, please note that the themes for sessions 2 and 3 have been switched. Session 2 (May 25) will now be on "Intersectionality and Human Rights Approaches", and Session 3 (June 1) will be on "First Nations and Human Rights Approaches". 

Thanks again to those who participated in the 2021 three-part 'Human Rights Approaches in Community Services' online discussion series. It certainly concluded with a promise for more!

In series 1, we looked at key principles and case studies around "Human Rights Approaches in Service Provision", "Human Rights Approaches in Leadership" and "Human Rights and Advocacy Leadership: Towards a Human Rights Charter in NSW".  The publicly available presentations can be found in NCOSS Sector Support and Resources>Training>Human Rights

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Human Rights-Based Approaches in Community Services, part 2

“Human rights education encourages using human rights as a frame of reference in our relationships with others…encourages us to critically examine our own attitudes and behaviours and, ultimately, to transform them in order to advance respect for the rights of all.” 

- Human rights education in the national school curriculum: Position Paper of the Australian Human Rights Commission, 2011

"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred…Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."  - A Roy, April 2020


In these continued conversations, we dig deeper into domains that address ever-important and timeless issues, whilst keeping our eyes on the same ultimate goal:

To nurture and grow human rights-based approaches in our community service practice, advocacy and leadership.

Who should attend

NSW not-for-profit peak body and sector leaders, advocacy leaders and relevant stakeholders who work with and across all models of community-based work.

Sessions and topics

Session 1. Human Rights Approach: Working with People with Lived Experience (PWLE) 

Wednesday 18 May 2022 (1:00-2:30 pm, online)

This session introduces the principles and practice of human rights approaches that underpin the NCOSS Lived Experience Framework.  

  • Introduction - A human rights approach to developing a Lived Experience Framework
  • Principles of a human right-based Lived Experience Framework
  • Practices of a human rights-based Lived Experience Framework
  • Focus: People with Lived Experience (PWLE) and Advocacy


  • Elyse Cain (NCOSS A/Director Policy & Research) will introduce the NCOSS framework.
  • Paula Abood and Amrit Versha from Third Space will facilitate discussions. 

Session 2. Intersectionality and Human Rights Approaches 

Wednesday 25 May (1:00-2:30 pm, online)

This session explores human rights approaches and intersectional praxis.

  • Introduction: A human rights approach and intersectionality
  • Principles of a human rights-based intersectional framework
  • Intersectionality as critical inquiry and praxis
  • Focus: Intersectionality and Identity


Paula Abood and Amrit Versha from Third Space, and two guests (TBC)

Session 3. First Nations and Human Rights Approaches 

Wednesday 1 June 2022 (1:00-2:30 pm, online)

This session explores a framework for anti-racist engagement with First Nations people.

  • Introduction: First Nations and human rights approaches
  • Self-determination as foundation principle
  • Cultural safety as foundation practice
  • Focus: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Paula Abood and Amrit Versha from Third Space will facilitate a dialogue with a First Nations panel/guests (TBC).

Our discussion facilitators

In 2012, the Australian Human Rights Commission engaged a pioneering team from to develop a course specifically for the community service sector. This was piloted in Metro Sydney with outstanding results. NCOSS is pleased to have been able to engage the same team (Amrit and Paula) for this discussion series.


Amrit and Paula have been leading Human Rights Education in vocational, education and community settings since 2012. They have designed curriculum frameworks, developed resources, and taught the first accredited Human Rights Skill Set for the community services sector in 2016, in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission. The skill set was embraced by the sector, with over 200 workers from Western Sydney enrolling and completing the course.

Amrit and Paula have worked for over three decades in the community services sector, advocating for human rights culture and approaches to underpin practice and governance. They have both developed capacity-building initiatives, programs, projects and services in the areas of settlement, family violence and anti-racism, using arts and culture as tools for social and systemic change.

Amrit has researched and published on the issues of family violence, leading to the development of several prevention programs for newly- arrived migrants and refugees, and was presented with a national accolade by the National Association of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).

Paula received the 2013 Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for lifetime achievement in community cultural development practice with immigrant and refugee settler communities, and a fellowship in 2018 to write a monograph on the participation of children and people from refugee backgrounds in cultural life.

RSVP, wait list & cancellation guidelines

  • To optimise the learning environment, this event is subject to a minimum number of participants as well as a maximum per session.
  • You will receive a Zoom link/s after your registration, or closer to session date.
  • In case of a 'waiting list', NCOSS reserves the right to manage the rego list and 'expressions of interest' as it deems appropriate. 
  • In the event of an unavoidable cancellation, NCOSS will endeavour to notify you at least five business days in advance.

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