Families in Focus webinar series

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The Families in Focus June webinar series took place in June/July 2020. The series showcased six webinars with some of the keynote speakers originally scheduled to speak at the 2020 Conference. The webinars delved into key family safety and wellbeing issues impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Pleasingly all of the speakers in the series will be presenting at our rescheduled AIFS Conference. If you missed the series, recordings are now available with further details below.

Past webinars in this series

A full recording of the webinar and related resources, including videos and a transcripts are now available.

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What will it take for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to live vibrant, joyful lives?

Richard Weston, CEO
CEO, SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children

This webinar was held on Wednesday 10 June 2020. View the recording.

In this webinar, Richard Weston discussed SNAICC’s work in policy development and advocacy to help more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children to have happy, healthy childhoods that set them up to have the best opportunity for a good life.


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Progressing New Zealand’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy in a COVID-19 context

Maree Brown
Director, Child Wellbeing Unit, New Zealand Dept of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

This webinar was held on Tuesday 16 June 2020. View the recording.

In this webinar, Maree Brown discussed how the Strategy’s wellbeing framework can help guide government policy and service responses for children and young people in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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How young people are experiencing the social and economic impacts of COVID-19

AIFS and the Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic)

This webinar was held on Tuesday 23 June 2020. View the recording.

This collaboration between AIFS and the Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) featured YACVic CEO Katherine Ellis and a panel of young people discussing the impacts COVID-19 is having on young people in Australia.


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COVID-19 and its impact on the family violence legal and service system

Angela Lynch AM
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Service Qld

This webinar was held on Thursday 25 June. View the recording.

In this webinar Angela Lynch AM, CEO Women’s Legal Service Queensland, explored the challenges COVID-19 is creating for the family violence legal and service system.


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A new early childhood development system for Australia

Jay Weatherill
Chief Executive Officer, Thrive by Five, Minderoo Foundation

This webinar was held on Tuesday 30 June. View the recording.

In this webinar, Jay Weatherill presented opportunities for the early childhood development system in Australia. Further details to come.


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Findings from the Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19

Kelly Hand
Deputy Director, Research

This webinar was held on Thursday 2 July. View the recording.

In this webinar, AIFS Deputy Director Kelly Hand presented key early findings from AIFS’ first Families in Australia Survey, Life during COVID-19. How have families' lives changed since the pandemic?


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Why is it important to hear the voices of children and young people in research?

Anne Hollonds, Rachel Carson and Lesley Taylor
Deputy Director, Research

This webinar was held on Tuesday 15 September. A full recording of the webinar and related resources, including slides, audio and a transcript, will be published soon.

This webinar supported researchers and sector professionals to understand the significance of research with children and young people, and offers insight into the experience for researchers and participants engaging in research involving children and young people.

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