Effective professional supervision for children’s wellbeing

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11 October 2023, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (AEST)


Julia Oxley, Katharine McLean, Joanne Donne, Dan Moss



About this webinar

Whether you work with children, adults or families, it’s important for all practitioners and service providers to consider the safety and wellbeing of children. However, in adult-facing services, practitioners may not always ask clients who are parents about the experiences of their children. Supervisors working with practitioners can ensure that children’s wellbeing is central to practice through safe, analytical and reflective conversations.

Asking a child-focused question of an adult client can be difficult, but this first question is a crucial first step for the child to access the help they need for mental health concerns, trauma, violence or family hardship. Supervisors can empower practitioners to have effective conversations with adult clients and in so doing have a positive impact on children’s physical, social and developmental worlds.    

This webinar held in collaboration with Emerging Minds will explore how supervision can improve practitioners’ ability to support children and implement child-aware practices.

This webinar will help you:

  • reflect on how supervision can influence child outcomes
  • apply or seek out supervision strategies that promote child-aware approaches  
  • consider how to include reflective practice as part of the supervisor-supervisee relationship  
  • cultivate supervision practices as a partnership where both parties can learn, reflect and develop.

This webinar will be useful to supervising practitioners and practitioners themselves who engage children, adults or families in case management, case work or therapy. Child-aware supervision practices are relevant to paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family and relationship counsellors, child mental health practitioners and specialist counsellors, as well as GPs, allied health professionals and child protection workers. 

We encourage you to test your system before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions. A recording of this presentation will be made available shortly after the broadcast.

This webinar was co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds in a series focusing on children’s mental health. They are working together as part of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

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Julia Oxley profile image

Julia Oxley is a mental health occupational therapist and family therapist who has vast experience in both Adult and Child and Youth Clinical Mental Health Services, in clinical and managerial roles and in establishing up family related programs. She has worked at the Bouverie Centre as a trainer and family therapist.

Katharine McLean profile image

Katharine McLean is the Senior Child Mental Health Advisor for the Social Services team within Emerging Minds Partnerships and Implementation Team. Katharine has been working in the child and family sector for the last 22 years in frontline practice and supervisory positions spanning early childhood, homelessness, family support, post adoption and children’s mental health programs.

Joanne Donne Practice Manager Family and Relationship Counselling, Relationships Australia, South Australia

Joanne Donne works as the Practice Manager for Family and Relationship Counselling at Relationships Australia offering clinical supervision and training to RASA staff, as well as working within the reflective team in the family therapy clinic. She has worked for over 25 years in different organisations as a family therapist with children, couples and families who are struggling with a broad range of issues including the impact of family violence and separation. 


Dan Moss - Emerging Minds

Dan Moss has been Manager, Workforce Development at Emerging Minds since 2017. Previously he worked as Assistant Director, Performance, Reporting and Evaluation at the Department for Child Protection. In this role, he worked closely with the Early Intervention Research Directorate to explore the social determinants of child disadvantage and child protection involvement. Dan worked for Uniting Communities for fifteen years, as a practitioner, supervisor and senior manager in a range of services with children, parents and families dealing with the effects of family violence, child sexual abuse, mental health conditions and drug and alcohol use. As a practitioner, Dan had a strong interest in narrative engagement strategies with children, parents and families. Dan’s PhD thesis included research on approaches to men’s behaviour change programs and a creative writing component. 

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