Making the future safer for our children
22nd October 2019
Exploring the national response following the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse recommendations.
One year on, what has been done?
Kathryn Mandla Head: National Office for Child Safety
Ms Mandla commenced as the inaugural Head of the National Office for Child Safety on 2 July 2018.
The National Office provides leadership in the development of national strategies and initiatives to enhance children’s safety and reduce future harm to children. The National Office was established in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and sits within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Ms Mandla has worked as a senior executive in the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services responsible for children and family policies and programs, including family safety. She previously managed central policy functions for that Department including international relations, performance, evaluation and research. Ms Mandla also managed the Australian Government’s housing and homelessness policy and programs.
Ms Mandla was the elected Chair of the OECD Working Party on Social Policy from 2016-19 and represented the Australian Government on that committee.
Prior to joining the Australian Government, Ms Mandla worked for the Queensland Government as a senior executive responsible for child protection policy and programs, and headed up the Office for Women.
Julie Inman - Grant has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.
Dr Kieran Le Plastrier
Dr Le Plastrier completed medical school as a surgical trainee, before discovering his passion for psychiatry. He served as president of the hospital residents’ society from 2007 to 2008.
Dr Reina Michaelson
CAPS Parenting Program Coordinator
Hillary Milton Psychologist
Hillary is the Safe Children, Safe Families Newcastle Program worker and staff trainer
Mr Jeff Taylor
Jeff is the GM of CAPS
Janet Schorer, NSW Children's Guardian
In 2014 Janet was appointed Executive Director of the NDIS Reform Group for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and led the Commonwealth negotiations and transition to the NDIS across NSW Government.
From her experience in caring directly for children and adults, and in designing and running care programs, Janet has seen how they both intersect – to be effective, good programs and systems need good people, and good people need good programs and systems.
As Children’s Guardian, Janet aims to build on the strengths of the networks of care that support children and young people in NSW so that they receive the best quality care and support throughout their young lives.”
Mr Kinmond has been the NSW Community & Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman for 13 years. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Ombudsman (Police) for eight years.
Inspector, Peter Yeomans
Current Child Abuse Squad Commander and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans hopes speaking publicly will encourage more child abuse victims to come forward.
A number of organisations have been proactive in making changes to their areas of influence in the community. As the changes have wide spread consequences we all need to consider how we proactively work towards a community that give every child a chance to be safe.
The Royal Commission’s report and recommendations will have far reaching implications across multiple sectors in our society, with direct implications for any agency working with children or indirect contact with children including education, sports, foster care, employment, policing, legal, and insurance.
In addition to many recommendations, the implementation and operation of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme, a key aspect of a comprehensive response by Governments to the Commission, have implications directly impact on any agency funded by State or Federal governments.
This professional development event will be the first chance services, agencies, professionals, psychologists / social workers, legal, medical and other services workers will have to hear directly from Commissioner Fitzgerald after the delivery of the Commission to Parliament in Late 2017.