CPS's pioneering work in the field of early years education earned a wide audience this month with a presentation at the 2016 Early Childhood Australia National Conference in front of a packed room in Darwin. This year 1988 delegates attended the conference and 200 viewed proceedings online. The overall theme was “This is childhood, Pedagogy and practice in the early years.” Professor Loraine Fordham (Charles Sturt University) and CPS early years educator Sonia Shard presented "Every Interaction Counts”. The interest in knowing more about working in a meaningful way with children from vulnerable families was illustrated by the number of questions both fielded. Many attendees also sought Loraine and Sonia afterwards to discuss their presentation. According to Sonia, outstanding key note speakers at the conference included Maria Aarts (Marte Meo program), Professor Carla Rinaldi (Reggio Emilia program and how to help children become citizens of the world, Associate Professor Richard Fletcher (“The importance of dads in early childhood” and Claire Warden (Nature Pedagogy). Loraine (left) and Sonia (right)Read the story
Children's Protection Society (CPS) Senior Aboriginal Cultural Advisor Ron Briggs has been recognised by the HESTA Community Sector Awards as a finalist in the 'Unsung Hero' category. A cultural pillar in the community, Ron has led a number of initiatives and programs that provide support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men whilst fostering better connections with their community and families. Dedicating his time to helping others, Ron has worked for over 25 years with a number of organisations as a consultant developing culturally appropriate programs and services. For five years Ron has assisted Aboriginal men within CPS's ‘Fathers and Family Relationship Program’. Through individual and group initiatives fathers have developed skills to better connect and care for their families. Ron has become an influential figure working in the community and advocating for greater cultural awareness of Aboriginal heritage. He told his personal story through the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI). Ron also works with a number of mainstream and Aboriginal services ensuring Aboriginal people have access to services that are culturally safe and appropriate. HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said the finalists were selected from an exceptional field of nominations. "These organisations and individuals demonstrate outstanding leadership in developing community programs and initiatives that promote greater equity and social justice for those facing disadvantage" Ms Blakey said. "This important work has a lasting impact and significantly improves the lives of others by advocating for social change and giving a voice to those who otherwise may not be heard. We are proud to acknowledge the contribution they make and help provide the recognition they deserve." The HESTA Community Sector Awards dinner takes place in Sydney on 17 November.Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.