Department of Children and Families annual report 2015-2016
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Department of chilDren anD families | AnnuAl RepoRt 2015-16 44 Pa rt 2 : P er fo rm an ce In 2015-16: 15 staff progressed to the professional stream four staff completed a social work degree 15 remote staff from the Womens Safe House program graduated from Batchelor Institute 3 staff completed the Lookrukin program. To ensure quality service delivery, the Department requires new frontline staff to undertake a suite of training programs to inform and standardise their contact and practice with children and families. An understanding of culture is a key aspect of all training offered. Key mandatory, face to face training supports new and developing staff to deliver child protection services in accordance with legislation, the Structured Decision Making model, policy and practice guidelines. All practicing child protection staff are required to complete the mandatory training including: critical pre-service training case management children in care training Aboriginal cultural practice in child protection engaging and interviewing children and youth court and legal training supervision policy and practice. In 2015-16 the Department offered additional courses for child protection practitioners on: the strengths approach to practice therapeutic crisis intervention applied suicide intervention skills mental health first aid methamphetamine use in the context of child protection. The Department aims to not only increase Aboriginal representation in the workforce, but to support existing Aboriginal staff to progress to senior decision-making roles within child protection practice. Since the commencement of the Learning Pathways Strategy, more than 81 Aboriginal staff have completed one or more accredited courses in a community services discipline, ranging from certificate level to graduate certificate level. The Department has implemented a number of processes to seek staff feedback. All employees were encouraged to participate in the Northern Territory Government 2016 People Matter Survey, to provide them with an opportunity to have their say on a broad range of workplace issues. The response rate achieved for the 2016 survey was 4 per cent higher than the 2014 survey rate and once the results are available the Department will work to develop a survey response plan to address all feedback received. ENSuRE A SAfE, SuPPORtIvE, PROfESSIONAl, AdAPtIvE ANd dyNAmIc WORkPlAcE The Department of Children and Families is committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace for all our staff, clients, contractors, volunteers and visitors. The Department continues to work within the requirements of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act. In 2015-16 Work Health and Safety Initiatives included: consultation with staff about workplace health and safety policies and procedures mental health first aid training courses applied suicide intervention skills training courses first aid training courses ergonomics assessments and procurement of stand up desks for staff free flu vaccinations offered to all employees as a preventative measure.
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