Lisa has a Bachelor degree in Social Worker and has clinical experience in domestic violence, child protection and out of home care and also has program development experience in a variety of Health settings. Lisa is the Director Child protection in South Western Sydney Local Health District and is leading an Organisational wide child aware project across multiple setting. Lisa has a post graduate certificate in Development Trauma from the Australian Childhood Foundation and is a strong advocate for children and young people in her organisation to ensure that the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people is considered in all Health settings.
Despite past child protection reforms in NSW, child abuse and neglect remains a problem of high prevalence and incidents for South Western Sydney (SWS). From 2012 to 2014 SWS had an increase of 28% in child protection reporting, 18% increase of the number of children involved in reports and an increase of 9% for children entering in out of home care (OOHC).
Child protection clinical incident data within South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) included the following issues in clinical practice; not identifying child protection, inappropriate transfer of care and not reporting child protection concerns.
A Child Safe and Child Aware SWSLHD Framework is being developed utilising the Australian Institute of Family Studies: The good practice guide to Child Aware Approaches: Keeping children safe and well in response to adult focused services not identifying adults as parents and children not being included in care planning or service provision.
The initial phase in the establishment of the framework was the development of a communication and key messages campaign and strategy targeting staff about the need to be child aware and having a shared understanding of the causes and impacts of child abuse and neglect.
The second phase was the development of a Child and Family Sensitive Practice audit tool, and was piloted within SWSLHD Drug Health Service. The audit tool outcome demonstrated the need to increase staff capacity to appropriately respond to families, including a review of all policies and procedures within a Child Safe and Child Aware SWSLHD Framework.