2015 Excellence in Practice Awards Minister’s Award for Inspiring Leadership Tracy Mann and Sally Fall from Hunter New England ISS. Tracy and Sally won the award for their leadership of a team working with young people with complex needs in the Hunter New England area. Their hand-on, ‘never give up’, dedicated approach inspires their team every day. 2. The Excellence in Practice Award – Sharon Bennett, accepting on behalf of Elizabeth Perry, caseworker from Gosford CSC. The Excellence in Practice Award Sharon Bennett, accepting on behalf of Elizabeth Perry, caseworker from Gosford CSC. Elizabeth goes above and beyond in her work to bring about meaningful change, shows incredible insight into children, and works with community partners to create positive outcomes for some of the most complex cases. Outstanding contribution to child protection practice Louise Gestier (not pictured) and Michelle Wilson, Wagga Wagga CSC. Louise and Michelle worked tirelessly with the grandmother of four children to make sure they remained with family. Their work was recognised by the Office of the Children’s Guardian for its compassion and diligence. Exceptional use of creativity and initiative to improve FACS services to children and families Rochelle Romero, accepting on behalf of the Patchwork Project Team The Patchwork Project Team have implemented new technology to five Districts that brings together professionals who are working with children and families. The new technology is already saving caseworkers’ time and providing more cohesive support to FACS clients. Excellence in collaborative practice Michele Millson, Western Sydney District Adolescent Team Michele not only supports young people to have the best possible experience in care, but also to create happy memories. Michele drives meaningful care plans and motivates everyone involved with a young person to go that extra mile. Inspiring Aboriginal practice Jim Conaty, accepting on behalf of the Nye Gurung Aboriginal Foster Care Team, Nepean Blue Mountains and Western Sydney District Jim manages a dedicated team of Aboriginal staff who support Aboriginal children to find culturally appropriate family or kin placements, recruit Aboriginal foster carers and support positive placements for Aboriginal children.