1M The first 1000 days
Positioning supervision to ensure no infant is left behind
The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health has embarked on intensive consultation with clinical and non-clinical practitioners to build an evidence base around effective child aware supervision practices. This supervision ensures that children’s social and emotional wellbeing is centred when practitioners engage with parents. This focus is critical given research showing the foundational importance of the first 1000 days for children’s future development.
The opportunities to ‘make a difference’ in the first 1000 days is assisted by the increased likeliness of parents’ involvement with services. However, early intervention can only be enacted where practitioners routinely maintain curiosity regarding the health and wellbeing of parents who access services for issues including intergenerational poverty, trauma, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and family violence. Reflective supervision is critical in supporting practitioners in the maintenance of this practice.
This presentation will describe case studies of reflective supervision that have allowed practitioners to explore opportunities for child-focused practice as well as the barriers. These case studies have supported practitioners to maintain focus on the child in the midst of complex adult issues whilst still working with parents in strength-based and non-directive ways.
The video-based case studies will support practitioners, supervisees and supervisors to explore the processes that promote child mental health outcomes and further build opportunities for making ‘invisible children’ visible during contact with health, wellbeing and/or community services. It will detail the elements of effective reflective supervision that relies on the quality of the relationship between supervisee and supervisor that enables workers and organisations to identify and respond to the needs of infants and families. The presentation will be delivered in a highly engaging way utilising the considerable e-Learning resources developed through the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.
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Kelly is a Child Mental Health Workforce Consultant with Emerging Minds’ National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. With a background in Social Work, Kelly has over 20 years’ experience in the human services sector. Kelly has worked across regional South Australia and in the non-government sector leading and managing Homeless, Family, Community and Out of Home Care services; collaborating with communities and supporting children, parents, individuals and families. Kelly has a keen interest in strategy and policy with a focus on systems and service delivery change.
Nicole is a Child Mental Health Workforce Consultant with Emerging Minds’ National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. With a background in psychology and social work, Nicole’s most recent experience has been in working therapeutically with children aged 0-12 years who have experienced domestic violence and/or homelessness as well as children and parents from separated families to deliver child focused, trauma-informed interventions and education to children and their families.