Child Protection Skills Training

Child Protection and Client Management in the ICE Age

Many clients with complex needs have experienced an intensification of these needs and risk factors due to their abuse of ICE. The ICE epidemic touches all communities and all service providers. The use of ICE has exploded in Australia in the last 3 years. ICE is highly addictive, very toxic, readily available and relatively inexpensive when compared with other drugs. ICE is often referred to as the poor man’s cocaine, but society has not seen a drug as dangerous and destructive as this, ever before.

This training session is the first of its kind in Australia and deals specifically with the knowledge and skills required by community services staff. This interactive, engaging and highly informative program is delivered as a (1) day program and covers topics such as;

  • Identifying users
  • Identifying people under the influence but also in withdrawal
  • Intervention strategies (Contextualised to your environment)
  • Communication techniques
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Responding to violence potential

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Responding to Client Aggression

An introductory level course for Health and Human Services workers to develop skills in managing and preventing client aggression. Learn verbal techniques used to de-escalate clients. Our trainers are industry experts who have diverse skills in criminology, psychology, and Human Services. Don’t just manage crisis events, intervene before the crisis.

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Cultural Capability

An introductory level course for staff to develop cultural capability. This program provides insights, knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with diverse cultural groups. Is every one in your team culturally capable? Our trainers are industry experts who have diverse skills and experience in working in CALD Communities.

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Child Protection in the Context of Domestic Violence

2 day face to face program covering topics such as:

  • Domestic violence;
  • Sexualised behaviours;
  • 2nd Order Conditioning;
  • Intergenerational transfer;
  • Child Protection interventions and options;
  • Protective Behaviours;
  • Worker safety;
  • Risk assessment working with perpetrators;
  • Child protection risk assessment in context of domestic violence;
  • Child Development;
  • Suicide Prevention;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Mental health, family functioning; and
  • Tools for working with adolescents.

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Substance Abuse

1 day program

  • addiction;
  • classes and types of drugs;
  • their use and effect;
  • risk factors;
  • worker safety;
  • the relapse cycle;
  • relapse prevention strategies;
  • drugs and child protection;
  • risk assessment;
  • capacity to parent;
  • emergency responses;
  • communication strategies with intoxicated and drug affected people;
  • physiology of substance abuse; and
  • duty of care.

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Growth Faltering (Failure to Thrive)

DaV’ange has previously delivered this category in a 1 day session that covers traditional causes of FTT endogenous and exogenous causes. Initial investigation, physical causes, calorie intake and psychosocial assessment.

Endogenous issues (or “organic”)

Causes are due to physical or mental issues with the child itself. It can include various inborn errors of metabolism. Problems with the gastrointestinal system such as gas and acid reflux are painful conditions which may make the child unwilling to take in sufficient nutrition. Cystic fibrosis, diarrhoea, liver disease, and celiac disease make it more difficult for the body to absorb nutrition. Other causes include physical deformities such as cleft palate and tongue tie. Milk allergies can cause endogenous FTT. Also the metabolism may be raised by parasites, asthma, urinary tract infections, and other fever-inducing infections, or heart disease so that it becomes difficult to get in sufficient calories to meet the higher caloric demands.

Exogenous issues (or “nonorganic”)

Caused by caregiver’s actions. Examples include physical inability to produce enough breast milk, using only babies’ cues to regulate breastfeeding so as to not offer a sufficient numbers of feeds (sleepy baby syndrome), [9] inability to procure formula when needed, purposely limiting total caloric intake (often for what the caregiver views as a more aesthetically pleasing child), and not offering sufficient age-appropriate solid foods for babies and toddlers over the age of six months.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

DaV’ange has previously delivered this category in a 2 day program covering all of the core areas of the ASIST model

Preparing: Sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience.

Connecting: Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

Understanding: Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.

Assisting: Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.

Networking: Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

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Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid

DaV’ange has previously delivered 2 full day workshops for this category. This package contains elements of indigenous healing and spirituality so it must be contextualised to the cultural environment in which it is being delivered. Kanat can co-facilitate with local indigenous people. http://fullblack.com.au/#activities

  • Cultural issues impacting mental health
  • Spiritual issues
  • Greif and loss
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Disconnection with kin and country through removal and intervention
  • Pre and post intervention support needs
  • Mental health planning, support and maintenance.

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Protective Behaviours

DaV’ange has previously delivered 1 half day workshop for this category

  • To help children and young people to protect themselves because protective adults cannot be with them every minute of the day
  • To give children (and adults) permission to talk about problem or difficult situations they face.
  • To empower children with the right to feel safe and act to keep themselves safe.
  • To increase self esteem and confidence for children who learn how to empower themselves in
    • Private Parts
      Increasing understanding that no one is allowed to touch or see their private parts, and they are not allowed to touch or see other people’s private parts, except in certain circumstances and as long as they feel safe.
    • Rules around Touching
      It is not ok for me to touch others private parts/ it is not ok for others to touch my private parts/we all have a right to feel safe.
    • Trust and Safety Network / Stranger Danger
      Identifying adults in their life that they can confide in if they needed to talk to someone and the rules around talking to or going with strangers.
    • Good and Bad Secrets
      How to differentiate between good secrets and bad secrets.
    • Feelings
      How to identify what feelings are and how they make our bodies feel.
    • Warning Signs
      How to identify warning signs in their body that let them know they may not be safe.
    • Boundaries
      Understanding how everyone has their own personal space around their body, and that no one is allowed to enter that space unless they have permission

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Child Protection Writing Skills

1 full day workshop covering case notes and case plans to affidavits and assessments for this category.

  • Professional writing
  • Report writing
  • Writing case notes
  • Writing case plans
  • Life diary work
  • Writing with and for children
  • Writing for an audience with literacy issues
  • Writing for courts and tribunals
  • Writing affidavits
  • Ethics and code of conduct
  • Procedural fairness and natural justice

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Engaging and Interviewing Children and Young People

2 full days to 1 week workshops dependent on the need and intensity desired for this category

Based on the nationally accredited ICARE program this applied skills based program covers how to interview Children and record evidence. Support children through the Criminal Justice process and manage disclosure evidence.

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Child Development - Ages and Stages

2 full days to 1 week workshops dependent on the need and intensity desired for this category.

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Risk Assessment in Child Protection

2 full days for general staff and 5 days for senior practitioners for this category.

  • Professional Judgement
  • Information collection
  • Analyse
  • Deception detection
  • CP histories
  • Criminal Histories
  • Responsively to intervention
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness
  • Cultural issues
  • Actuarial Instruments
  • Risk assessment tools and the balance with professional judgement
  • Consultation and decision making
  • Violence potential
  • Flight risk
  • Risk behaviours
  • Resilience
  • Safety Planning
  • Monitoring
  • Voluntary Co-operation.
  • Risk by age and stage
  • Cumulative Harm

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Care Planning (EG How to Undertake Meaningful Participative Care Planning)

2 full days workshops for this category, This package covers:

  • planning under interim orders;
  • family court matters;
  • pre court conferences;
  • Family Group meetings;
  • Case and care planning;
  • transition from care planning;
  • Planning skills and processes;
  • techniques and verbal skills to manage meetings;
  • managing stakeholders and referrals;
  • managing conflict; and
  • goal setting and achievement.
  • Consultation
  • Voluntary Co-operation
  • Goal Setting
  • Problem Solving
  • Identifying barriers to intervention
  • Family Group Meetings
  • Mediation
  • Court ordered conference
  • Short term planning
  • Long term planning
  • pre case planning discussions
  • managing the case planning meeting
  • documenting outcomes
  • working with partners and agencies
  • making referrals
  • client participation and empowerment
  • compiling the case plan
  • dissemination of case plans
  • stakeholder management

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Managing Client Aggression

Our trainer David Bradford is a Criminologist with 20 years’ experience in dealing with hostile and aggressive clients in areas such as Corrections, Child Protection and Health. David conducts an insightful learner focused workshop on aggression management and how to de-escalate aggressive clients. He focuses on triggers, identifying signs of aggression, verbal techniques to manage aggression and strategies to interrupt escalations. If you are in a customer service environment where your staff encounter aggression this training will significantly enhance your responses to challenging clients.

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