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Key Priorities for the CFSS Communities of Practice

The initial focus across the CFSS Communities of Practice will be on the reform activities.  It will be an opportunity to provide updates on the implementation, access training and embed major reform activities.  It will also provide an opportunity for practitioners to share resources, challenges, and ideas with each other as change is implemented.  It will identify system issues and provide an opportunity for these issues to be escalated to the strategic arm of the model.

Potential Benefits of the CFSS Communities of Practice

  • Continuation of the co-design approach, reflecting on reform implementation and possible practice improvements
  • Support continued alignment with Aboriginal co-design principles and privileging a cultural lens to practice
  • Support the ongoing integration of Lived Experience in practice development
  • Support a shared understanding and intent of reform implementation, its progress and impact
  • Shared and sustained commitment to the reform and collaborative knowledge development are supported across all levels of the CFSS
  • Secure buy-in from executive management across the CFSS sector to drive reform
  • Support relationship building across the sectors in local areas
  • Promote local service awareness
  • Promote professional connectivity and communication
  • Troubleshooting operational issues
  • Share ideas for client supports in region
  • Promote the development of collaborative approaches to care
  • Build a genuine responsive, sustainable service system
  • Regional and state-wide communities of practice balance metropolitan and regional (country) differences
  • Foster innovation through collaboration
  • Enhance service development for better outcomes for children and families.

As CFSS reform activities are implemented, the individual components of the CFSS Communities of Practice model may identify specific projects or topics for further investigation. Facilitation of forums and Meetings will be provided however it is important to note that the model will work best if it is practitioner-led and development is organically driven to ensure that the Communities of Practice are beneficial for all the members who participate.

Initially, the CFSS Communities of Practice model is intended to operate for the duration of reform implementation and the focus will be reviewed regularly.  The initial proposed schedule of activity is outlined in Appendix 1.

Please note that the Reform projects will continue to be managed as separate projects outside of the scope of the CFSS Communities of Practice. Current projects are included in the following paragraph.

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CFSS Reform Activities

Practice and Service Integrity

  • Common Elements, priority module being Risk and Safety Planning
  • CFSS practice framework, priority being Assertive Engagement
  • Trauma responsive system framework
  • Culturally responsive training
  • Pathways to right support at the right time.

Service Development for Better Outcomes for Children and Families

  • New service models and approaches– trial, test and learn
  • Commissioned research
  • Data capability and measurement of outcomes for children and families
  • Enhanced data collection and infrastructure to support data linkage, information, and reporting
  • CFSS reform evaluation.

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