Western Sydney Nepean Blue Mountains Aboriginal Network - Emma Findlater, Laura-Lee Stuart, Jodie Stewart, Krystal Beattie, Kelly Ramsden, Elizabeth May. This team’s commitment to keeping children connected with family and creating cultural permanency has led to a significant drop in the number of Aboriginal children coming into care and a shift in how the community perceives our work.
Michelle Garraway, Manager Client Services at Wollongong CSC. Michelle led a dramatic cultural shift within her team. Modelling courageous and ethical practice, Michelle inspired a way of working with families that was open to growth and saw critique as an opportunity.
Christine Lamplough (with Molly Carlson), caseworker, Maitland CSC. Christine’s work with a young mother and her son, alongside social work student Molly Carlson, embodies a dignity-driven and flexible approach that makes restoration a priority. When Tyrell had to come into care, Christine found a family with a granny flat. That choice means Tyrell gets the safety net of his foster parents’ care, as well as the everyday love and joy of being with his mum – who is making great strides towards restoration. It’s a real testament to creative casework that puts a child’s needs first.
Daniela Lewkowicz (with Zia Tayabjee), Pregnancy Family Conference co-ordinator, Sydney District. Daniela has worked tirelessly to promote the prenatal conferencing program bringing FACS, Health, our non-government partners and families together to openly and honestly navigate the system, without shame or stigma. Her work is keeping women healthy during pregnancy and children safe with their families.