The Common Approach training
Rockhampton – 10 May 2017
Every Child CQ partnered with ARACY to provide training in The Common Approach. Underpinned by four key evidence-based practices (holistic, strengths-based, working in partnership and child-centred) the Common Approach helps practitioners to quickly identify strengths to address clients’ needs, think holistically about child and family wellbeing, improve family relationships and referral pathways, increase the level of support and follow up for vulnerable families and practitioners’ awareness of their role in preventing abuse and neglect, and facilitates better wellbeing outcomes for the client.
Inaugural Progress Report
31 March 2017
Every Child CQ’s Community Leadership Board believes we can create lasting change. We are committed to embracing new wisdom, ideas and experience to move towards creating a positive impact in Central Queensland.
The Report outlines what we have achieved so far and what lies ahead for this long-term initiative.
Rosemary Brown appointed as Coordinator of Every Child CQ
27 March 2017
Rosemary has extensive experience working with individuals, families and community based service providers, in both non-government organisations, and as the Clinical Manager of the Drug Treatment Unit in New Zealand’s largest men’s prison. She established and managed a consultancy business in 2005, which she successfully maintained until moving to Australia in 2014. Over the last few years, she has has been coordinating child-focused family violence responses and service delivery initiatives in the Logan area.
Her expertise includes working directly with clients in a counselling and mentoring role, designing specific interventions, leading organisational change and facilitating workforce development initiatives.
Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Social Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Maori Health and a Graduate Certificate in Supervision. She has also expanded beyond traditional education and is a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a certified Multiple Brain Coach (MBit).
‘For the last two years we have been laying the foundations for the work required’, said the Chair of Every Child CQ, Mick Shearer. ‘Rosemary will take a lead role in progressing the next phase of developing and implementing key actions and engaging extensively with our partners, stakeholders and communities. The Board is very pleased to have someone of Rosemary’s skill and experience employed locally to drive this important initiative.’
Collective Impact and Building a Stronger Community Services Sector workshop
9 September 2016
Dr Michael McAfee, Co-Director of the Promise Neighbourhoods Institute and the Vice-President for Programs at PolicyLink.
Michael has spent over 20 years working in the government, philanthropic, and human-services sectors, including leading cross-sector efforts to invest over US$700 million into distressed communities. He believes in the benefits of effective coordination of the efforts of schools, families, social services, health centres and the community to provide effective services to improve the lives of children and communities.
Participants work-shopped the TOP 3 priority actions for Central Queensland in the context of:
- collective impact
- data and measurement
- innovation and partnership
- research, and
- sector development resources
The Community Leadership Board invited stakeholders and community members to a series of workshops to identify key issues around the themes of:
- kindy preparation
- childhood obesity
- low birthweight babies
- Child Protection Orders
- vulnerable and at risk children
- teenage pregnancy, and
- how to help every child reach their full potential.
Every Child CQ believes that by bringing people, communities and organisations together, we can positively improve life outcomes for our kids. A series of Community Forums were held across Central Queensland to discuss our aspirations, validate data analysis, listen to community and stakeholders views and encourage participation.
In 2016 members of the Community Leadership Board travelled throughout Central Queensland with a view to engaging communities in discussion to gain an insight into the needs and views of each community. Participants discussed what already works well, where improvements are needed and considered what top priorities for children in their community.
Better Together Partnering for Social Impact and Innovation Conference
8-9 December 2015
The Conference brought together a diverse group of academics, practice leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals. Over the two day event, delegates participated in plenaries, a panel discussion and workshops facilitated by experts in partnering, innovation, outcomes measurement, social enterprise, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, and social impact.
Dr Andrew Young, Centre for Social Impact – The quest for impact: beyond silver bullets
Dr Julie Roberts, CQUniversity Australia – Strategies for change: adding social innovation to your toolkit
Mr Geoff Aigner, Social Leadership Australia – Leadership for social impact
Ms Moira Deslandes, Moira Deslandes Consulting – Conditions for connecting: beyond the tweet and Let’s get social: using social media to advantage
Ms Amelia Salmon, Queensland Social Enterprise – Social enterprise: the facts
Mr Ian Dixon, DIXON Partnering Solutions – Partnering for social impact, and
Dr Ruth Knight, Zark Consultancy – Taking outcomes measurement out of the too hard basket.
4 February 2015
Prominent business, industry and community leaders were among around 130 supporters who attended the Official Launch of the Every Child initiative, at events in Rockhampton, Emerald, Gladstone and Biloela. the effort was proudly supported by Stanwell Power Station.
Karni Liddell, Australian Paralympic swimmer and National Disability Insurance Scheme Champion for Queensland, hosted the event.
‘I’m living proof of the importance of providing all children with the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.’
‘We think this is a good program and we’re here to support it and encourage others to support Every Child.’
Brad Perry, Site Manager, Stanwell Power Station, Rockhampton. Brad presentation.
‘There are some quite harsh realities for today’s children and we, as leaders, need to reflect and decide whether we are doing enough.’
Len Richards, Chief Executive, CQ Hospital and Health Service. Len’s presentation.
‘We know that if you can get kids to age 8 in reasonable shape then you massively boost their life chances. This [collective impact] is absolutely crushing common sense. Through it we can illuminate the obvious-understand the essence of the problem-and then get organised to do something about it.’
Matthew Cox, Group Manager, Queensland, Australian Red Cross. Matthew’s presentation.