Queensland Safe & Together Model Implementation Summit
2-3 September, 2021(AU)
1-2 September, 2021 (US)

The Safe & Together Institute is proud to join with its partners in celebrating the domestic violence-informed transformation in Queensland. With the support of the Office of Chief Practitioner Department of Children, Youth Justice & Multicultural Affairs partners, the Safe & Together Institute has gathered together professionals throughout Queensland to celebrate how the state has addressed the intersection of domestic violence and child welfare using the Safe & Together Model. Workshops will highlight Queensland’s progress around practice and training implementation and other local efforts and share the latest advances in domestic violence-informed practice.

Anyone across the state and beyond is invited to join us in learning more about Queensland’s success transforming their systems to become more domestic violence-informed.

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The Virtual Conference Experience

We are excited to offer the Queensland Safe & Together Model Implementation Summit as a fully virtual experience.
This unique event will be LIVE inside this classroom on September 2-3, 2021. 
Attendees will enjoy both keynotes and breakout workshops.

Join us to learn about these and related issues. Discover steps that child- and family-serving professionals, police departments, and communities can take to address this problem.

Together, let's hold perpetrators accountable and keep families safe.
Queensland Safe & Together Model Implementation Summit

Keynote Speakers

Aunty Lesley Williams, Murri Elder

Acknowledgment of Country
Lesley Williams is a respected Murri (Aboriginal) Elder. She is best known for instigating the domestic and international Justice for Aboriginal Workers campaign, which led to the Queensland State Government in 2002, delivering a historic reparation package of $55.4 million to all Indigenous workers who had their wages and savings controlled by past governments. In 2003 she was awarded the Centenary Medal for her distinguished services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Lesley has co-produced and consulted on a number of documentary films including The Ration Shedand For Their Own Good, and co-wrote On The Banks of the Barambah: A History of Cherbourg and Not Just Black and White: a conversation between a mother and daughter. She is also a proud and devoted ‘Nana’ to six grandchildren.

Dr. Heather Nancarrow

Summit Welcome
Dr Heather Nancarrow is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University. For forty years she has worked to address violence against women, including in community services and advocacy, government policy, and research. Heather recently retired from full time work with her most recent role being the inaugural CEO of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). She was also the foundation Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research at CQ University. Heather has held many leadership roles at the state and national level, including Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which produced Time for Action, the blue-print for COAG’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Heather has a MA (Hons) and a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her scholarship is focused on justice responses to violence against women. Her book, Unintended consequences of domestic violence law: Gendered Aspirations and Racialised Realities was published in 2019. She has also published several book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed articles related to justice for victim/survivors of domestic and family violence.

David Mandel, Executive Director, Safe & Together Institute

Celebrating 6 Years of Safe & Together Model Implementation in Queensland
Over six years ago, Brisbane and Mackay QLD hosted the first Safe & Together Institute trainings in Australia. Since then, Queensland has become an international leader in domestic violence-informed practice change. In this keynote, David Mandel will talk about key highlights of those efforts, their implications for families and systems change, and the future of practice change in Queensland and beyond.

Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work

The Ripple Effect: practitioners, managers and researchers changing DFV practice through the Safe & Together Model
Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne. She specialises in applied research. Four projects in the past 5 years have worked with the Safe & Together Institute using practice-led, action research through facilitated multi-stakeholder workshops and Communities of Practice. This approach reflects a profound interest in knowledge translation to ensure the support of practice through research. Her research focuses on DFV and child abuse. She has a long-term interest in the intersection of DFV with other complexities including mental health and AOD. Professor Humphreys is a well published author of more than 125 journal articles. She worked at the University of Warwick for 12 years leading a domestic violence and child abuse research centre before returning to Australia in 2006. For 15 years she worked as a social worker.

Hon Leanne Linard, Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Queensland Government

Address from Minister
Leanne Linard is the Queensland Member of Parliament for Nudgee on Brisbane's northside, and is the Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs. She has lived in the Nudgee Electorate for most of her life and, along with her husband Ian, is raising her two young boys in Nudgee. As the daughter of a RAAF pilot and engineer, Leanne spent her early years growing up in a Defence Force family and learned the values of community service. Leanne has previously held community roles, including Co-Chair and Patron of Upbeat Arts, was a member of the Australian Catholic University Brisbane Community Chapter, and was a former board member with Bravehearts, Brisbane Roar FC and Nundah Activity Centre. She was first elected as the Member for Nudgee in 2015, was re-elected in 2017 and again in 2020. Prior to being appointed Minister for Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs in November 2020, Leanne served as Parliamentary Chair of several portfolio committees between 2015 and 2020, including child safety. Prior to entering Parliament, Leanne worked as the Executive Officer of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, as a policy advisor in the Queensland Government, and as a private sector manager. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology, and a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.

Emma Rees, PhD student, Queensland University of Technology

“Safe and Together” – a perpetrator pattern based framework that offers transformational learning to improve practice and responses to Child Sexual Exploitation
Emma Rees is an early career researcher and an experienced child protection, social work practitioner currently undertaking a PhD with QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work. Emma’s critical reflective practice in social work has enabled her to embrace research as a means of improving social work practice. Emma’s current research interests centre upon expanding the knowledge base in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation in Queensland using feminist, qualitative methods to undertake an analysis of the needs of a particular service user group to plan for improved service delivery.

Members of the Logan/Beenleigh High Risk Team: Sophie Manion, Bernadette Wright, Kirstyne Ford, Narelle Simmons, Isabel Fraser, and Tara English

Integrated Services Forum: Safe & Together Across Agencies
Coming Soon!

Peter Thorpe

5 Steps to Engaging Fathers (who use violence and abuse) in Child Protection: A shift in systems and how we respond to domestic abuse
Peter Thorpe is a Program Officer for the Walking with Dads Program with the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs. Peter has worked for the child protection sector for the past 8 years. Peter has a Bachelor of Science Psychology University of Southern Queensland and is about to complete the Graduate Diploma for Domestic and Family Violence with Central Queensland University. Peter has also worked as a Facilitator of the Caring Dads Program.

Leanne Downes

Leanne Downes is a Principle Program Officer for the Walking with Dads Program with the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs. The Walking with Dad’s program was developed in response to the identified need to strengthen the engagement of fathers in child protection intervention and as an approach to implementing the Safe and Together (David Mandel) framework as best practice in understanding and responding to families living with domestic and family violence. Leanne is a Certified Trainer of Safe and Together and has worked in the child protection sector for the past 13 years. Leanne holds a Bachelor of Human Services from University of the Sunshine Coast, a Post Graduate Certificate in Child Protection and has studied in the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies through University of NSW. Walking with Dads has been closely aligned with ANROWS funded Invisible Practices and STACY research studies (led by Professor Cathy Humphreys).

Dr. Silke Meyer, Associate Professor Silke Meyer Deputy Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre School of Social Sciences (Criminology), Monash University

A study that looks at adolescent violence – a focus on partnering with mothers and holistic responses
Dr Silke Meyer is the Deputy Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre. She is a criminologist and social worker by training, bringing practical and theoretical expertise to her research, teaching and writing. Her research centres on different aspects of domestic and family violence, including women and children’s safety, wellbeing and recovery, men’s accountability in their role as perpetrators and fathers, experiences specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the role of domestic and family violence-informed practice in child protection, policing and court proceedings. Silke has delivered evaluations for a number of government and non-government organisations, including police, child protection, perpetrator interventions and victim support services. She is currently working on two ANROWS funded projects around the experiences and use of violence in the home among young people and arising support needs for young people and their families. Silke is a Subject Matter Expert for the Raising Children Network and a former non-government member of the inaugural Qld Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board. Her research has been published and cited across disciplines and continues to inform policy and practice in areas of victim, perpetrator and family-related service delivery.

Emma Rogers, Department of Children, Youth Justice & Multicultural Affairs

Part 1: Survivor- led interventions (getting it ‘right’ and getting it ‘wrong’!) – using role plays to show Safe and Together work with victim and perpetrators
Emma has over 25 years of experience working in the social work field in Australia and the UK in the areas of Domestic and Family Violence (women’s refuges), Mental Health, Youth Homelessness, Asylum seeker support and Child Protection. Emma currently works for the Queensland Government Department of Child Safety, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs as a Regional DFV Practitioner. For the past four years she has developed and worked in the Walking with Dads Program – an innovative program that has a strong partnering foundation with mothers and children to create intervention for fathers, to hold them accountable and responsible for their destructive behaviours to increase safety and wellbeing for families. Emma is also a Safe & Together Trainer.

Jackie Wruck, Centre Against Domestic Abuse

Part 1: Survivor- led interventions (getting it ‘right’ and getting it ‘wrong’!) – using role plays to show Safe and Together work with victim and perpetrators
Coming Soon!

Heidi Rankin

Heidi has over 30 years of experience in the sexual and domestic violence fields and social justice. She has worked in crisis counseling, program and policy development and advocacy in both the United States and Canada. Heidi received a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in domestic violence from the University of Colorado at Denver, the only program of its kind in the country. In her current role as Associate Director and North American Lead, she helps agencies navigate plans for systems change and supports efforts to build capacity through training and collaboration. Heidi also oversees the Institute training staff, faculty and mentors, manages training for Certified Trainers and presents nationally and internationally.

Tracy Rector & Chyna Robinson

Preview of Scenes from "No Ordinary Love" Movie
Coming Soon!