Kym Macfarlane


Professor Kym Macfarlane has worked in the early childhood sector for many years. She has experience as an early childhood teacher and in higher education in the field of Child and Family Studies in Human Services. She has extensive experience in working and researching practice issues and early intervention with children 0-18 years and their families.


The Salvation Army/Griffith University Knowledge Partnership has been underway in Logan City since 2013. In 2015, the research in the Partnership culminated in the production of The Family Place Approach: utilising soft entry universally accessible programs for children and families. This Framework of Practice has been developed to provide high quality practices in safe spaces for children and families in the Logan region. The framework also highlights the importance of the individual disposition and practice of staff when creating a culture of safety for children, parents, and other practitioners.

With this intention staff at The Salvation Army and Griffith University are rolling out the Framework to other workers in this sector. This rollout will include training the CFCL Community Development workers and funded staff to be experts in the Framework of Practice and to then train other practitioners to learn to use the Framework to build safe spaces for children and families.
This workshop offers a ‘taster’ of this training to participants at the Child Aware Conference. Griffith University and Salvation Army staff will present aspects of this training package for participants to engage in and will thus share parts of the Framework and its implementation. The workshop will show how high quality practice can be undertaken and used to engage with families to co –create, design and implement safe spaces for them to use.

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