Lesley Leece has worked in many fields of human services including child protection, disability, health, domestic and family violence, homelessness and older person’s programs. She qualified as a Social Worker from the University of NSW and has extensive experience in child protection in government and non-government, where she has applied her strong sense of social justice in leading service delivery and developing policy, thereby achieving outcomes for individuals and society. Lesley is currently Assistant Director, PeakCare Qld.
Strengthening the Residential Care Workforce in Queensland – the Hope and Healing Practice Framework (XPRESS Podium)
Residential care for children and young people in Queensland, as in most states, has undergone a journey of change over many years to bring about improved outcomes for these children unable to live with their own families.
The 2013 Carmody Inquiry recognised the increasing complexity of the sector with a largely untrained workforce and inconsistent practice across the state, raising the question of ‘Where to from here?’ Extensive research led to the development of the Hope and Healing Framework in 2015 that was accepted by government as the required framework for all funded residential care services across the state. The framework sits alongside a requirement for a minimum qualification, with both forming the Minimum Qualification Standard for Residential Care.
With a framework in place for a geographically and culturally diverse state, the next step was to consider implementation, with the voices of the sector being sought to inform this process.
The result is an e-learning product that is easily accessible, engaging and fun that sits on a Learning Management System accessible from all types of electronic equipment. With the geographical challenges faced in Queensland, content has been developed to be suitable for electronic and paper-based presentation.
By being able to reach workers everywhere across the state to embed a therapeutic, trauma-informed approach to care that is consistent, it is expected that a benefit for children and young people will be increased stability in an environment of increased wellbeing overall.