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Vulnerability Speaker Series

The Vulnerability Speaker Series features 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.

Improving wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal children

This FREE seminar will explore Aboriginal-led initiatives that have brought about positive change for Aboriginal children and young people.

It will examine the particular importance of supporting Aboriginal leadership and nurturing young Aboriginal leaders to help address the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in vulnerability statistics. Hear from:

  • Mick Gooda, former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
  • Winthrop Professor Helen Milroy, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia. Professor Milroy was a Commissioner for the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Andrew Jackomos, former Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People for Victoria.

Register to attend this FREE seminar - Friday 24 August, 10am-1pm

Read more about the Vulnerability Speaker Series. 


Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours seminar

This FREE seminar is an opportunity for leaders, policy makers and practitioners to hear from leading Australian experts in addressing harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people.

Presented by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA, the seminar will feature:

  • Lisa Rodda, Senior Program Advisor at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
  • Dale Tolliday, NSW Health Clinical Advisor Sexual and Violent Behaviour, and Clinical Advisor New Street Services
  • Dr Lesley-Anne Ey - Lecturer in child development, educational psychology and child protection in the Bachelor and Master of Teaching program at the University of South Australia.

The seminar will be valuable for those working to further progress discussion, development and improvement of policy, prevention and responses in Western Australia.

Register to attend this FREE seminar - Tuesday 12 June, 9am-12.30pm

Places are strictly limited, please book only if you are certain you can attend.

People in regional areas - Videoconferencing will be made available for people in regional areas. To receive the login details please email your name, organisation and town you are from to

Read more about the harmful sexual behaviours 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 seminars:

Thursday 14 June
Tuesday 28 August
Thursday 20 September 

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.