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  • TEI Program Reform Directions - local and client centred

    Yesterday Minister Brad Hazzard announced the public release of Targeted Earlier Invention Reform: reform directions – local and client centred

     

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  • Update on the NDIS Rollout

    The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW is a once in a generation reform that will improve the lives of people with disability in Australia.

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  • ACWA Breakfast Briefing

    What does the research from the UNSW "prisons project" tell us?  How can we apply this to the planning and provision of child and family services?

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  • Special Member Offer

    With the end of the financial year approaching, BNG are offering FamS members a special 20% off new subscriptions to Management Support Online.

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  • Supported Playgroups for Parents and Children

    A new paper from Child Family Community Australia on supported playgroups has been published. 

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  • Leading for Change!

    Being in a leadership role has its challenges. In the current climate, leading for change in communities requires specific skills and attributes in order to drive that change. In other words, trying hard is just not good enough anymore! For example, my homeland of Australia is in a time of dissatisfaction – we are no longer willing to simply accept that what is happening in our communities is ‘just how things are’. We are deciding that it is not okay that we have an increasing rate of domestic violence; that the number of children in out-of-home care is rising; that the cost of living is increasing the number of people who are at risk of homelessness; and that our children are not entering school ready to learn. This is a time…a time when we must ask the question: Is this is okay?  If we answer no, then we must work together to change what is happening and ‘turn the curve’ on these issues.

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  • The End's In Sight

    One of the essential elements of RBA is starting with Ends and then working backwards to means.  This for some is a concept they are really familiar with, yet others find this difficult.  There are many reasons why starting with ends is important but two of the critical aspects is the importance and role that defining the result/outcome you want to achieve and data has in the process. 

    I was recently asked why do we need to determine population outcomes and data before we decide on what we are going to do (the ‘means’)?  Don’t we look at the data once we start the work? 

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  • Six Ways to Use Results Scorecard to Turn Curves

    Results Scorecard is a very useful tool that can help you manage and improve performance of your organisation. It gives you real-time access to data through interactive scorecards, helps you manage actions to improve performance, and most of all, allows you to communicate with internal and external stakeholders about what difference you are making to the people you serve. However, like with any other tool, Results Scorecard’s effectiveness depends on how well you use it.

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  • Improving Outcomes for Children

    In 2009, Australia became the first country in the world to collect national data on the developmental health and wellbeing of all children as they start their first year of full-time school. The latest Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) was released on 9 March 2016, and while it shows signs of improvement in areas like literacy and numeracy, it also tells us there is work that we all need to do to give Australian children the best possible start

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  • Shining A Light On Good Practice

    Family and Community Services (FACS) is calling for submissions for the Shining a light on good practice in NSW 2016 Report.

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