Learning and Development
The Department has its own registered training organisation (RTO) – the Learning and Development Centre – where our frontline staff has access to contemporary, best practice training throughout their career with us.
Upon commencement, our Child Protection Workers move through three highly tailored orientation programs (each a week in duration) to learn about the Signs of Safety Child Protection Practice Framework, and how to embed this into daily practice. They have ongoing access to learning to further develop their skills in working with vulnerable children and families. Some of these include training around protective behaviours, permanency planning (as part of Out-of-Home care), and managing cases through the Children’s court.
Our teams in residential care receive comprehensive training in the Sanctuary Framework, an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach for creating a therapeutic environment for children, young people and staff; and therapeutic crisis intervention.
Many of our staff access study supports to assist them in completing tertiary studies towards a relevant degree, accessing study leave, HECS reimbursement or paid placements. The Department, through the Learning and Development Centre, also offers staff the chance to complete the Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention, which leads into the second year of a bachelor degree with approved Universities in WA.
Many of our courses are also made available to staff in partner agencies, non-government organisations, and other community services. Click here for more information.