UNITED: Foster care staff from across eastern regional South Australia gather together at our ac.care Murraylands Centre to share learning and development opportunities at our three-day forum.

KEEPING all children safe and Aboriginal young people connected to culture were among core focus areas when foster care staff from across ac.care’s regions gathered for three days of intensive development and learning opportunities.

Staff from the Limestone Coast, Riverland, Murraylands and Adelaide Hills gathered in Murray Bridge in May to develop their practice skills and gain valuable knowledge and awareness.

A core component of the staff development event was a full day dedicated to child sex offender awareness and profiling training delivered by Carl Collins of Child Protection Solutions.

The founder and director of CPS is a former senior child protection investigator, team leader and departmental children’s court prosecutor with DHS Protective Services in Victoria.

He was also the co-founding director of Child Abuse Consultancy Education and Training Global, providing training and consultancy to schools, colleges, welfare agencies, government and non-government agencies, as well as police forces throughout Australia, the Asia Pacific region and the United Arab Emirates for over a decade.

Mr Collins is in high demand by Australian-based church denominations and other organisations as a trainer, consultant and child sex offender profiler and he has streamlined operations in order to specialise in more strategic areas of child abuse training.

“Although the material was very confronting and challenging, it was an important opportunity to increase our awareness in this important area to ensure we have extensive processes in place and staff highly trained in being vigilant around protecting young people from harm,” ac.care out of home care executive director Dan Mitchell said.

The final day of the forum featured a cultural panel of guest Aboriginal speakers, including Dan, ac.care senior Aboriginal advisor Kathy Rigney and foster carer Ray Love sharing their knowledge and experiences.

“We heard about the importance of keeping children connected to their culture, stories from out of home care and first-hand experience from a foster carer who also credits a foster carer from their own childhood as a pivotal inspiration and mentor in their life,” ac.care foster care manager Dani Atkinson said.

The forum also involved sessions on practice development, including exploration of real-life experiences of children in care with a focus on identifying the needs of carers.

Staff also welcomed opportunities to network and build connections within our team across the regions we serve.

COMPELLING AND CONFRONTING: Former senior child protection investigator and prosecutor Carl Collins of Child Protection Solutions delivers child sex offender awareness and profiling training to staff.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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