Families in Focus webinar series

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While the AIFS Conference 2020 has been postponed, we’re not standing still. We’re using this time to delve into key family safety and wellbeing issues impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These times have thrown us either closer than ever to our families or isolated us from them. They are confining us to home, redrawing boundaries between work and family life, and heightening the differences between the haves and have-nots.

To explore some of these issues in-depth, join us and a line up of outstanding speakers for the Families in Focus webinar series during the month of June. We’re delighted that keynote speakers who were due to speak at our postponed conference have given their time so you can get a taste of the AIFS Conference from the comfort of your virtual working environment

Past webinars in this series

A full recording of the webinar and related resources, including slides, audio and a transcript, will be published soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive a notification when these resources are 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. Please post your questions and comments.

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. Please post your questions and comments.

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. Please post your questions and comments.

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. Please post your questions and comments.

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. Please post your questions and comments.

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. Please post your questions and comments.

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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