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Social Policy Summit - Aboriginal Children in Care and Aboriginal Families

Event Details
Date: 17th Feb 2020
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: Western Australia
CPD hrs: 2
Members $20.00
Non-Members $25.00
Student Members $20.00
Rural/Remote $20.00

Organiser: AASW WA Branch

AASW WA Branch Office

Ph: (08) 9420 7240


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General Information

Our Social Policy Group have identified three areas where we feel that Social Workers have an unique and invaluable perspective for shaping the lives of the vulnerable people in this state, this evening will focus on Aboriginal Children in Care and Aboriginal Families.

The evening will consistent of a presentation from the field to inspire and stimulate discussion, then group workshop discussions that the AASW will take forward as position papers for to the Political Parties.

Please join us for this special initiative as we start 2020 by asking for change.

5.45pm - Arrival
6.00pm - Presentations from Glenda Kickett and TBA
6.45pm - Supper
7.00pm - Workshop Discussion
8.00pm - Close

Who should attend?

Any interested social workers, particularly those wishing to engage in discussion about social policy.

Meet the Presenters

Glenda Kickett - Glenda Kickett belongs to the Whadjuk and Ballardong peoples of the Nyungah nation from the South West of Western Australia.
Glenda is a social worker, having completed her degree in 1992 from the University of Western Australia, and has a Master of Arts from Curtin University in Indigenous Research and Development. Glenda is currently completing her PhD in Social Work at UWA.
Over the years, Glenda has worked in developing policy and practice to support Aboriginal children and families in Out-of-Home care and family support, education, health, women's interests, family violence, therapeutic counselling, and tertiary studies within government and non-government organisations.
Glenda lectures on Indigenous people and social work in the School of Social Work at the University of Western Australia, and provides support to social work students on their placements. She is also currently Program Coordinator of Therapeutic Services – Aboriginal Children and Families at the Australian Childhood Foundation.
Glenda’s community roles include Chairperson of NAIDOC Perth Inc., where she developed the Miss NAIDOC Perth Empowerment and Leadership Program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women, Co-Chair of the Social Reinvestment WA campaign, and board member of Glass Jars Australia – Shooting Stars, which facilitates education through netball programs for Aboriginal girls in high school in remote and rural regions.

Ann Hawke - Ann Hawke (Oakley) founded Kinship Connections in 2012. She is a descendant of the Yawuru people from Broome on her grandfather’s side (Hawke family) and Gooniyandi people from the East Kimberly on her grandmother’s side (Cox family). Ann is the third generation in her family to have been affected by government removal policies. Immediately before starting Kinship Connections, Ann worked in the Department for Child Protection for some 6 years as a Senior Field Officer within Fostering Services. Ann’s knowledge and expertise continues to be sought by the Department and other agencies on a regular basis. She sits on the Foster Care panel for CPFS and, and is a key resource on Aboriginal and fostering issues across the NGO sector in WA. Her detailed knowledge of kinship relationships across the Aboriginal community is frequently called on by CPFS (previously known as DCP), and she takes a growing number of after-hours calls on this issue.
Ann is a strong advocate for Children In Care and sits on The Noongar Child Protection Council and Family Matters Committee hosted by SNAICC (The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care). Ann currently sits on a number of RAP planning Committees (The Reconciliation Action Plan) within the Non-government sector. Ann is a strong advocate for parents and families who are involved with the Department for Communities previously know as The Department of Child Protection.


Conference Room

City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers