Professional Development for Child Advocates
Professional development is essential in any given position to enhance pre-existing abilities and to develop new skills. This will not only help in strengthening the Child Advocate’s professional capacity, but it will also have profound positive impacts on the children & young people that they work with.
Over the duration of the year, the Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA) will be providing short courses to those working with young clients. The training will touch on many important issues identified by the worker’s themselves and organised by the Children’s & Young Person’s Policy Officer. This worker-focused approach is vital if the professional development opportunities are to achieve what it they set out to. Input and communication around ideas for these training must come from the workers themselves. In understanding the importance of a dedication to continuous education, the Children’s & Young Person’s Policy Officer will aim to provide as many training opportunities as possible. It is hoped that many great professional development opportunities for workers will arise throughout 2015, and that all workers can attend. Professional Development will have significant positive implications for Child Advocates and subsequently children and young people in refuge around the state.