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Growing a Child Friendly SA

Time: 
9.30am to 4.30pm 
 
For:
Council staff who plan and implement a child friendly approach for their community
 
Course Overview:
Child Friendly SA (CFSA) is about bringing children and communities closer together, supporting all children to be the best they can  be, and encouraging them to engage actively in their communities. The CFSA  initiative was initiated by the Rt. Hon. Jay Weatherill in 2009.  CFSA is primarily aimed at local government because a council is best placed to provide a sustainable child friendly approach due to its community mandate, community base location, infrastructure, funding and connections.  CFSA offers a way of helping councils to plan and implement a child friendly approach for their community.
 
CFSA is based on the Results Based Accountability™ (RBA) framework. RBA is the planning, monitoring, evaluation and continuous improvement method. RBA focuses on outcomes for communities and individual, it encourages the use of common  language and common sense methods and requires a disciplined way of thinking. RBA can be used at a Population level to improve the lives of children, families and the community as a whole, or at a Performance level to evaluate and measure the impact of a program or service. It assists community groups to work towards a common goal and strengthens partners accountability in improving the wellbeing of the community. Population Accountability is used in projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of children and young people both nationally and internationally.
 
The purpose of the professional learning day is to build capacity to value, support, respect, provide for, and actively include children and young people in policy development, programs and services. It will equip participants with the fundamental knowledge and strategies needed to initiate a child friendly approach in their council.
 
Topic covered: 
- Child Friendly SA Overview: What does being a Child Friendly Council mean?
- Introduction to Result Base Accountability™ (RBA)
- The application of RBATM to become a Child Friendly Community
- Child participation practice standards and strategies to authentically engage children and young people
- The advantages of child participation in an organisation’s policy, programs and services
- Examples of child and youth friendly practices across South Australia
 
Presenters:
- Barbra Cooper, Principal Policy Adviser, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)
- Syrun Choperena, Outcome Development Project Officer
- Dr Kaye Johnson, Team Leader, Educating for Child Rights, Save the Children Australia