The 6th national Child Aware Conference (CA2019) will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 16-17 May 2019. The conference encourages thought leaders to stimulate discussion on how to make Australia an even better place for children, young people and their families.

CSIA CEO Belinda Drew will be presenting on Friday 17 May in the Policy Think Space on an Industry-led approach to influencing investment design and policy for critical child and family services to improve the lives of our most vulnerable people.

“I’m excited to be taking participants through the journey of the Commissioning for Outcomes framework and road map.”

“Through Industry crowdfunding, CSIA has shifted the policy conversation around investment,” said Ms Drew.

“Industry is seeking to influence government investors with transformative policy advice and implementation implications.”

Commissioning for Outcomes: an Industry-Led Approach provides a new framework to guide readiness and policy development.

CSIA is putting this framework into practice by co-designing a new approach to developing an investment logic through demonstration projects. These projects are across intensive foster care services, place-based early childhood hubs, inside the business of individual child and family service providers and in specialist homelessness services.

Ms Drew will share how CSIA elicited participation from key Industry stakeholders and investors, as well as engaging Industry and Government to fund and support practical demonstration projects.

“It’s about what Industry-led really means and how Industry is influencing policy development into practice,” said Ms Drew.

“Participants will walk away with insights into how ‘greenfield’ work like Commissioning for Outcomes is influencing policy and can be translated into practice.”

Participants looking for practical solutions will also be interested in CSIA Senior Project Officer Beth Dwine’s interactive workshop Excellence Framework for Child Safe Organisations – Moving from Compliance to a Pursuit of Excellence on Thursday 16 May at the Arbour Boardroom.

When CSIA’s Laying Foundations for Industry Report was released, it identified a need to focus on excellence through Industry development strategies.

Around the same time the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its recommendations. These included a series of child safe standards that child and family focused organisations would need to comply with into the future.

From this, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and the CSIA partnered to support the development of an Industry-led Excellence Framework for Child Safe Organisations.

This framework was developed in collaboration with the child and family sector using collective learnings, knowledge and passion for working together to bring about change. It supports organisations to step towards the standards while continuing to deliver life changing services.

Ms Dwine will familiarise workshop participants with the Excellence Framework and the suite of practical tools. Participants will walk away with a copy of the full resource package and the ability to apply the Excellence Framework in their organisations.

The Excellence Framework for Child Safe Organisations will be launched to coincide with the Child Aware Conference.