Karl Brettig


Karl is manager of Salisbury Communities for Children facilitated by the Salvation Army. He convenes the Children Communities Connections Learning Network which brings together family support practitioners, policy makers and researchers. Network publications he has edited/authored include ‘Building Integrated Connections for Children their Families and Communities’ (with Professor Margaret Sims), ‘Quality Play and Media in Childhood Education and Care’ (with Australian Council on Children and the Media) and ‘Building Stronger Communities with children and families’.


Developing nurturing and enabling environments with children at risk of abuse and neglect (Interactive Workshop)

The G20 Initiative for Early Childhood Development was launched in 2018 “determined to contribute to ensuring that all children –with an emphasis on their first 1000 days- are well-nourished and healthy, receive proper care, stimulation and opportunities for early learning and education and grow up in nurturing and enabling environments, protected from all kinds of violence, abuse, neglect and conflict”. As a signatory, Australia is committed to providing a multi-sector and coordinated approach to investing in early childhood, including quality parenting, providing secure safe environments and home, centre or community-based prevention activities for children at risk of vulnerability. How do we go about implementing this commitment? What can we learn from international initiatives? Do the differences between early childhood education and early childhood development matter? How do we insure that our approaches are trauma informed as well as data informed? What strategies are most effective in engaging those most at risk of vulnerability? What does it take to bring about change in patterns of intergenerational trauma and disadvantage?

This interactive workshop will open a conversation on promising strategies to change the current trajectory of child abuse and neglect. It will include a look at some socially innovative practice in South Australia that has resulted in improving outcomes measured by the AEDC, substantiated notifications data, academic achievement and bullying behaviours. We will consider how service providers can work together to implement joint service planning using a whole of community, family and government approach in building community capacity and generating collective impact.

The workshop will include an exercise in which participants will engage in a process of designing an integrated family support system in a collective impact context.

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