Working in partnership to innovate
Many organisations engage ACF to turn knowledge into action for the benefit of children, young people, carers families – and often, entire communities.
Here you’ll find examples of the broad range of work we are undertaking in partnerships around Australia.
A semi-secure therapeutic care model
DHS Victoria engaged ACF and KPMG to develop a semi-secure therapeutic operating model for high-risk young people requiring legal intervention and containment. Designed to provide enhanced community-based therapeutic residential care, our model has the capacity to become a secure environment if required.
A model for family violence counselling delivery
DHHS Tasmania engaged ACF to review emerging knowledge in neurobiology, attachment disruption and trauma for children who have faced family violence. We then translated that data into a framework of tiered service delivery – which was implemented across Tasmania. Three years later, the Department engaged us again to review the service and recommend improvements in light of environmental changes.
A framework to enhance the capacity of Australian sport to safeguard children
ASC engaged ACF to develop a framework for building child protection capacity across its sporting codes. We analysed data from a number of sources including existing literature, surveys, forums and key interviews. The resulting framework meets legislative requirements for all states and territories.
A therapeutic kinship carer support service
DHHS engaged ACF to create a kinship carers program in the ACT. As part of our process, we reviewed national and international evidence on the experiences of kinship carers – and the stability of children in the child protection system. Our program is based on a tiered model whereby services can be scaled up or down according to the needs of carers and the children they look after.
A Safeguarding Children program to train and support volunteers
ACF created a volunteer induction, training and support framework for Australian Red Cross, Australian Volunteers International and Austraining International. After piloting the program in Fiji, we adapted the final program and helped implement it across over 40 countries.
A trauma-informed service for vulnerable children and their families living in Alice Springs Town Camps
ACF worked with RANT and other service providers in Alice Springs to develop a trauma-informed therapeutic service for vulnerable children. During the implementation phase, we also conducted reflective practice forums and capacity building training. This program has since been re-funded on the basis of its positive outcomes for children, families and the service network.
A Safeguarding Children capacity building project
ACF helped YMCA and its member organisations implement an evidence-based Safeguarding Children policy. We also provided staff engagement forums and implementation advice over a four-year period. This work resulted in improved awareness of child protection – as well as a focus on decision making that prioritises the needs of children.
Trauma-informed approaches in service delivery to remote Aboriginal Communities (in NT, WA and SA)
NPYWC engaged ACF to help staff embed trauma-informed approaches into their service delivery in the tri-state Central Australia region’s remote communities. We are also providing ongoing support and reflective practice sessions to help NPYWC management incorporate these approaches into practice.
A framework, guide and tools for seeking and using feedback from vulnerable children and young people
EMR RFVP contracted ACF to develop a framework for services that will engage children sensitively – so they will provide feedback about their experiences. We applied our knowledge of family violence, child development, children’s rights and trauma to build a conceptual and operational map that considers the ethical dilemmas associated with this task.
Assessment of unborn babies, infants, children and young people experiencing family violence
In 2011, ACF was on an expert panel to develop a guide for the assessment of unborn babies, infants, children and young people experiencing family violence. Then in 2012-2013, we delivered training for this guide to family violence and support services across Victoria. Following the success of this initiative, we helped extend the training across the child welfare and health sector. In 2015, DET engaged ACF again to adapt this guide for Maternal and Child Health Nurses across Victoria.
Therapeutic Kinship Care Program
ACF secured project funding to adapt the Side by Side Program for Aboriginal children, young people and their family carers. Designed to address a gap in support for Aboriginal family carers, the program uses trauma-informed approaches within a cultural framework for support and intervention. Known as Woon-yah Ngullah Goorlanggass (Caring for Our Children) Program, the initiative has a strong reputation within the sector.
Practice framework development
Practice frameworks are conceptual maps that bring together, in an accessible design, an agency’s approach to social work practice with children and families.
ACF is proud to have developed many practice frameworks over the years – some of which are below.