2017 Excellence in Practice Awards OUR PRACTICE AWARDS RUNNERS-UP: Kylie Bailey, Liverpool JIRT; Family Based Services team, Maroonbaliin and Kate Roels, Blacktown CSC. Excellence in Practice - Kylie Bailey, child protection caseworker, from the Liverpool Joint Investigation Response Team. Kylie came into the lives of children, family and community after a harrowing incident of abuse. She collaborated with our partners in NSW Police and Health and provided support to all in involved protecting children from further harm. Excellence in Inspiring Aboriginal Practice - Family Based Services team from Maroonbaliin. Over the past 2 years, this team has been critical in keeping Aboriginal children in the care of their parents in 80% of crisis referrals. To put that into perspective, that’s 91 children who have been able to stay with parents due in part to the work of this incredible team. Their success is in part thanks to their ability to acknowledge the power of community and culture when it comes to keeping children safe. Excellence in Collaborative Practice - Kate Roels, Manager Client Services, Blacktown CSC. Kate’s grassroots and collaborative approach to child protection taps into one our greatest resources: community. Her inspired approach has forged new partnerships between local NGOs and has helped to bolster the skills of those local service providers. EXCELLENCE IN COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE: Barbara Hardman, Manager Client Services, Sherwood Program. Sherwood House provides a trauma recovery program for children and young people who have complex care needs which are beyond the capacity of the OOHC sector to meet. Sherwood House’s collaboration with education and health services means that some of our most vulnerable children and young people are safe, feel valued, nurtured and connected. EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARD: MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES: Tanya Smart (Manager Client Services), Zoe Miller (OOHC caseworker), Paul McDonald (Manager Casework) and Vicki Muller (OOHC caseworker) from Armidale CSC. The team from Armidale CSC showed the persistence and courage needed to work together with a family to see their son return home. The team worked tirelessly to support the parents feel more confident to take care of their son. Their dedication means a child now feels like he belongs, at home, in his community and on country. EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE LEADERSHIP: Lauren Dean, Director Community Services, Mid North Coast District. Lauren is a leader who uplifts practice. Lauren models and leads a practice culture in her district by showing staff that they are capable, and can innovate and inspire, especially when they connect to their passion for the work. Lauren recognises and rewards strong performance by celebrating success. EXCELLENCE IN INSPIRING ABORIGINAL PRACTICE: Johanne Freeman, caseworker, Yass CSC. Johanne worked with five Aboriginal children in care and showed a strong commitment to not only help them know who they are, but give them the chance to live their culture through the stories of their ancestors and connection to country.