Newell, S, Graham, A, Cashmore, J & Fitzgerald, RM 2006, Contact & relocation: focusing on the children: conference report, prepared for Centre for Children & Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
The conference theme reflects a key aim of Southern Cross University’s Centre for Children & Young People (CCYP). The CCYP aims to improve child and youth focused practice, particularly in regional areas, through interdisciplinary research, education and advocacy. The CCYP undertakes its work in close collaboration with relevant agencies and organisations to help ensure its activities are underpinned by a capacity building approach that results in improved knowledge and skills for practitioners working with children, young people and families. The conference program has been structured to provide delegates with opportunities throughout the day to engage in discussion with the speakers and with other delegates. The CCYP values dialogue as a key means for promoting improved understanding within and across the agencies, organisations and services that support children and families. We hope today’s program will foster such dialogue.