Another nexus considered still a few to go

by PeakCare Qld on 15th October 2015

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PeakCare, C&K, the Salvation Army and Griffith University co-hosted a seminar entitled Nexus: Perspectives on how early childhood educators and family support practitioners can better connect for child and family outcomes on Saturday 10 October 2015. 


Participants came from a range of service settings though predominantly from early childhood and care (ECEC) and family support services, and across a range of roles within mainly community-based organisations. There were service managers and coordinators,  family support workers, early childhood educators, practice leaders, and students. Parents and other family members who participate with their children at Family Place, Woodridge contributed their perspectives about what works in that integrated setting in a digital recording that was screened at the seminar and as part of a panel with Family Place staff. 


In planning the seminar, an objective was to explore the different perspectives of educators, family support practitioners and parents. This occurred through presenters and panel members speaking about government policy and program initiatives; non-government initiatives and approaches; the lived experience of parents; the intersections of ECEC, early childhood development and family support; and getting the right services to children and parents, from the right providers, when they need them.  


Feedback about the seminar was very positive. The insights offered by the various presenters, panel members and participants were appreciated as was the shared focus on simultaneously being child-focused and family-centred. The opportunity to network with participants from other disciplines and to hear about innovative approaches were also valued.  


To bring the seminar to a close, participants used the Circles of Change methodology in small groups to critically reflect on earlier sessions and learnings to take forward in everyday practice. 


The seminar continued PeakCare’s interest in exploring the nexus between family support and child protection, and other service systems and responses. In December 2014, PeakCare partnered with Griffith University to consider the nexus between child protection and domestic and family violence. In 2016, PeakCare plans to consider the intersections with child and adult mental health, and youth justice. 


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