Practical explorations in breaking cycles of disadvantage in Australia

Interrupting disadvantage and creating cycles of opportunity: How co-design and evidence inform innovation
Thursday 26 July, 1300 – 1430

Presenters

Vita Maiorano
The Australian Centre For Social Innovation

Lauren Weinstein
The Australian Centre For Social Innovation

Chris Vanstone
The Australian Centre For Social Innovation

Alfie Bamblett
Victorian Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee

Jade Carey
Mackillop Family Services

Nicole Seddon
The Australian Centre For Social Innovation

Abstract
In this session The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and Alfie Bamblett, Victorian Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee, Jade Carey of Mackillop Family Services, and Nicole Seddon, Sharing Family from Family by Family and Community Worker in the mental health sector, will share emergent perspectives of what it will take to break cycles of disadvantage in Australia.

Alfie Bamblett, a Gunditjmara Yorta Yorta man and member of the Aboriginal Justice Caucus will share how the AJC and the Koori Justice Unit have been working together in Victoria to break cycles of overrepresentation of Aboriginal engagement with justice system. The Australian Centre for Social Innovation will share their experiences developing and scaling innovative practice and services models co-designed with Families engaging with child protection services in South Australia and New South Wales. You’ll hear from families themselves, foster carers and service providers involved in developing and running Family by Family, a peer-to-peer service that enables families to help families, and Co-parenthood, a prototype model that takes a shared parenting approach to foster care in order to support restorations.

In the session you’ll get the opportunity to apply thinking, practices, process and dilemmas raised through these projects to your own context.
• What do they tell us about the levers for intergenerational change?
• What do they tell us about processes that may be used to make big change happen?
• What do they tell us about the interplay between evidence and innovation?