The Bouverie Centre has worked alongside this sector for a number of years, assisting individual practitioners in their ongoing efforts to maintain and improve their practice, and working with managers and policy makers to optimise organisational and system level processes. Most recently, Bouverie has been engaged to deliver postgraduate level training to professionals working within the sector, and to support efforts aimed at promoting coordination and collaboration between services.
The Bouverie Centre is part of a consortium offering a university level Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Practice for professionals working in child protection, placement and family services sectors in Victoria. The course is designed to assist graduates to work more confidently with children and families through the development of a broader knowledge base and more effective direct practice skills and competencies.
This same consortium also offers a university level Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Practice Leadership with the aim of equipping experienced professionals in the child and family sector to be more responsive and dynamic leaders, with advanced management skills.
The Bouverie Centre provides secondary consultation and support to care teams involved in the 'Stronger Families' pilot project which commenced in North East Metropolitan Melbourne at Kildonan in 2010. 'Stronger Families' seeks to prevent at-risk children and young people being removed from home by providing an integrated and co-ordinated service system response to vulnerable children and families requiring placement prevention and reunification. One of the core components of the service model is the convening of a care team; typically comprising a Kildonan 'Stronger Families' case worker, Child Protection worker (if involved), specialist service workers, community agency workers and the family. This care team coordinates services, develops child and family action plans, reviews progress of these plans and actively seeks the participation and views of children, young people and parents. Our consultants meet regularly with these teams for clinical supervision and to address processes and dynamics operating within the group to foster good working relationships.
The Bouverie Centre is delighted to be hosting an interactive workshop by Vikki Reynolds on how we can be of use in community work that happens in contexts of social injustices.find out more