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Vulnerability Speaker Series

The Vulnerability Speaker Series will feature presentations from a variety of international, national and distinguished WA leaders and bring together government leaders, staff from the community services sector, policy officers and academics to explore how best to address the challenges facing vulnerable children and young people in WA and inform effective strategic responses.

Rio Tinto is Principal Partner of the Vulnerability Speaker Series.

The role of services in assisting vulnerable children and young people 

This FREE seminar will explore the role of service providers in delivering effective, practical interventions to assist vulnerable children and young people. The seminar will also cover how service providers can construct practices for increasingly vulnerable children, often where trauma is involved. Hear from:

  • His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft, New Zealand Children’s Commissioner and former Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand
  • Professor Leah Bromfield, Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia. Professor Bromfield was Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Dr Sue Gordon AM, WA's first Aboriginal magistrate and first full-time Children's Court magistrate. Dr Gordon chaired the WA Inquiry into Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Aboriginal Communities (The Gordon Inquiry) and is the Patron and President of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation.

Register to attend this FREE seminar - Thursday 17 May

Read more about the Vulnerability Speaker Series.


School and Education Consultation seminars

These free seminars outline the findings of the Commissioner's recent consultation with 1,812 WA primary and secondary students which was undertaken with support from the Department of Education, Catholic Education of WA and Association of Independent Schools of WA. The report identifies the factors that influence engagement in school and learning and key findings all education sectors need to consider. Principals, teachers, school staff and anyone working with school-aged children will find the seminar and consultation report valuable to their work. Parents and carers are also welcome.

Register to attend the following free seminars:

East metro - Tuesday 10 April

South metro - Wednesday 11 April

Read more about the Engagement in Education project.


Child Safe Organisations WA seminars

These free seminars are designed for leaders, managers and staff of organisations who provide activities and services for children and young people. Participants will be provided with information, resources and opportunities to reflect on the key considerations in developing and maintaining an organisation culture that is child-focused, respectful and accountable.

Register to attend the following seminar:

Tuesday 1 May

Wednesday 13 June

Seminars provided by the Commissioner are highly sought after so please do not register for a seminar unless you are certain you will be attending on the day.

The Commissioner's Child Safe Organisations WA program promotes and supports the implementation of child safe principles and practices in organisations in Western Australia. The program aims to help agencies identify and manage any risks that affect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, including physical and sexual abuse, bullying and accidental injury. To do this the seminar content includes discussion of published case examples of abuse occurring in organisations, offender profiling and grooming behaviours. 

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Read more about the Child Safe Organisations WA resources.