Creating better outcomes for every child in Australia

27-29 July 2021 | Hilton Darwin

The number of children receiving child protection services in Australia has continued to rise at the rate of 12% over the last 5 years. Numerous inquiries have concluded that failures in child protection services’ timely responses are due to many factors such as, demand at the front end of child protection services, families receiving too little too late in the form of intervention and a rising population of children in care coupled with lack of suitable placements. 


This forum will provide a space for attendees to build strategies, showcase and disseminate knowledge about current research and innovative practices with the intention of replicating success, building greater capacity and recognising the contentious issues the delivery of services confronting all Australian states and territories.  


Akolade’s 4th National Child Protection Forum 2021 will bring together diverse stakeholders, including representatives from governments, civil society, legal and justice, community services. to discuss and advocate for a strong policy and implementation on protecting children.  


This event will take place via the EventsAir platform, which has the capacity for full networking, live Q&A, 1 to 1 meetings, contact sharing, notes plus much more. The sessions will also be recorded and then available for four weeks following the event should the attendees miss any sessions and wish to watch in their own time.

Attend this forum and learn how to:

Demonstrate the benefits of collective action in achieving clear positive outcomes for children 

Develop a strategy to accelerate the implementation of existing commitments related to children 

Recognise the importance of harmonious integration within multiple systems 

Develop collaborative and trusting partnerships with the Indigenous community to deliver impactful support services 

Build strategies for prevention and early intervention processes for better outcomes


Sally Sievers

Acting Childrens Commissioner
Office of the Children's Commissioner NT

Liana Buchanan

Commissioner for Children and Young People
Commission for Children and Young People, Victoria

The Hon. Linda Burney

Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Member for Barton, New South Wales
Australian Government

The Hon Michelle Landry MP

Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Australian Government

Helena Wright

Executive Director Programs and Engagement and Arts and Culture
NT Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities

Robert (Bob) Atkinson AO APM

Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce

Nicole Hucks

Assistant Commissioner
Office of the Children's Commissioner NT

Lesley Richardson

Director Connected Beginnings
Department of Education NT

Meron Looney

Manager Northern Territory

Carol Ronken

Director of Research

Dr Lisa J. Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer

Reegan Barber

Chief Executive Officer
Child Abuse Prevention Service

Adj. Prof. Tony Pietropiccolo AM

Centrecare Inc.

Grainne O’Loughlin

Chief Executive Officer

Sammy Bruderer

Manager Queensland

Natalie Siegel-Brown

Managing Director
Child Wise

Sherie Lethbridge

Kununurra Youth Facilitator
Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation

Amelia Ayris


Kelly Humphries

Bravehearts and Child Safe Australia

Gerry Georgatos

National Coordinator
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

Desmond Hill

Chief Executive Officer
Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation

Dr Margaret Spencer

Director of Field Education
University of Sydney

Tim Moore

Senior Research Fellow
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Lola Akinloye

Social & Emotional Wellbeing Worker
Uniting Communities-Aboriginal Community Connect

Jacob Keeler

Social & Emotional Wellbeing Worker
Uniting Communities-Aboriginal Community Connect

Teresa Jayet

Chief Executive Officer
Malle Family Care

Chris Forbes

General Manager
Malle Family Care

Danielle Parra

Manager Birth Family Advocacy Support Service
Australian Red Cross

Jeremy Donovan

Partnership Co-ordinator
MG Corporation

Elly Robinson

Principal, Practice Design
Parenting Research Centre



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