Christine Gibson

Biography

Christine Gibson has a degree in Social Work and a Masters in Policy Studies. She has substantial experience in evaluating interventions, workforce development and research into child welfare and service provision for vulnerable children. Christine was a Partner Investigator in two ARC projects: Diffusion of Innovation and the Needs of Children in Care. She was a foundation member of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Prior to joining the Australian Centre for Child Protection she was Manager of Research and Quality Assurance for UnitingCare Burnside in and previously, a Lecturer in Social Work at UNSW.

Abstract

The Child Aware Local Initiative (CALI) is a national action stemming from the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. CALI is led by a partnership between the Australian Centre for Child Protection and Families Australia with funding provided by the Department of Social Services. CALI largely relies on building and maintaining constructive relationships across the spectrum – with federal, state/territory and local governments; with different kinds of organisations, with all kinds of workers/practitioners and with a wide range of people.

By harnessing local knowledge and resources, CALI supports interested people in a community to address children’s needs. The measure of CALI’s success is in what has been achieved by the six groups of people who committed to take action for children under the CALI banner. This presentation describes how young children’s development and wellbeing was addressed in the Victorian and Queensland sites. Also how the Northern Territory, New South Wales, South Australian and Tasmanian sites went about building child safe environments will be outlined.

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