2019 Safe Children Conference Program

One year on from the Royal Commission Recommendations
| Where are we now?

Safe Children Conference 2019 - One year on from the Royal Commission recommendations and the National Apology from the Federal Government - where are we now?  This national conference reviews the recommendations, the government’s response and the actions that have been put into place over the last twelve months. 

Morning sessions | State & Government Updates on
Progress and Actions

The morning section of the conference is a plenary session, where State and Federal Government representatives present their progress, and the community present their actions.   Delegates will hear updates from the National Office for Child Safety, The National Redress Scheme, The National Centre for excellence for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, the National E-safety progress for our children and much more.

Afternoon sessions |
Prevention & Treatment & Healing

The afternoon section of the conference will feature breakout sessions focused on prevention and treatment/healing, with an emphasis on first nation people healing.

2019 Confirmed Speakers

Ms Janet Schorer | NSW Children’s Guardian

Kathryn Mandla | Head, National Office for Child Safety

Jane French | Executive Director of Child Wise

Dr Kieran Le Plastrier | Psychiatry SMO, Researcher, GP (trainee), Director 

Craig Hughes-Cashmore | CEO, Survivors & Mates Support Network

Emma Gierschick | White Ribbon Advocate Children of Disability Australia

Who Should Attend?

We implore anyone who is working with children to attend this conference, it is not limited to institutions and is open to individuals who work with children on a regular basis. Attendees include but are not limited to:

•       Doctors

•       Nurses

•       Medical Professionals

•       Child Psychologists

•       Social Workers

•       Child Counsellors

•       Youth Workers

•       School Counsellors

•       Child Psychiatrists

•       Preschool Teachers

Safe Children Conference 2019 - Testimonial

Safe Children Conference 2019 - Testimonial

Please stay tuned for the 2019 updated agenda.


08.00 - 08:45


08:45 – 09:00




Dr Kieran Le Plastrier


09:00 - 9:10



9:15 - 9:25


9.25 - 10.15



Welcome to Country

Dr Kieran Le Plastrier

Dr Le Plastrier will set the scene with reference to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse findings and recommendation, the Federal Governments response and overview of the conference.

 KEY NOTE SPEAKER - Kathryn Mandla - Head: National Office For Child Safety

Ms Mandla will present the progress of the development, consultation and progress of the National Office For Child Safety. The overarching principle and the direct impact on organisations, institutions, workers and the implications for keeping children safe will be explored, along with recommendations, insights and direction, with reference to the future safety of children within Australia,


10:15 - 10:30        Morning Tea


10:30 - 11:00


11.00 - 11.30

Federal Government

Government response to Royal Commission and Redress Scheme update and where we are at currently

Centre of Excellence - Survivors, treatment and the future..

Janet Schorer - NSW Children's Guardian

Quality Framework for Child Safe Organisations

Janet Schorer – NSW Children’s Guardian

Child Safe Organisations and Standards for child safe organisations.


11:30 - 12:00

Steve Kinmond, Community and Disability Services Commissioner & Deputy Ombudsman, NSW Ombudsman

Reportable Conduct Scheme - national roll out.


12.15 - 1.15             lunch - Two Streams

A) Prevention

B) Survivors healing and Treatment



A) Prevention

1:20 - 2:05




2:10 - 2:55



B) Treatment

1.20 - 2.05




2.10 -2.55


3.00 -3.15                                                       




3.15 -4.30










Julie Inman-Grant

ESafety Commissioner for Children

The area of digital safety is a concern for all Parents, Schools and other organisations that work with children.  Julie will provide you with the latest trends in digital safety. 

 Dr Kieran Le Plastrier

Prevention Research and Trajectories of Recovery

Dr Kieran Le Plastrier – Prevention of Child Abuse and promotion of good mental health and safety for children


SaMSN - Craig Hughes-Cashmore

The SAMSN team will present treatment for survivors and the benefits and outcomes for survivors.

ARC Treatment program - Attachment Regulation and Competency


ARC, or Attachment, Regulation and Competency, is a framework for working with children and teens who have experienced trauma. Developed by Margaret Blaustein and Kristine Kinniburgh of the Justice Resource Institute, ARC builds on the resilience of children, teens and families.

ARC Reflections — an ARC-informed caregiver training curriculum for foster parents, kin and other caregivers — was written by Blaustein and Kinniburgh with support and consultation from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The model was piloted in six child welfare agencies in 2015 and evaluated by Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center with a focus on child welfare.

Afternoon Tea


Workshops for both Prevention and treatment