Having been with OzChild for 13 years, Lynne McCrae has seen a number of changes over that time. Recently moving into a new role, Lynne has also been fortunate enough to move into our brand new purpose built offices in Dandenong.
We recently asked Lynne about her time at OzChild and to reflect on her journey so far.
What is your current role at Ozchild?
After many years as a Senior Manager of Programs I have now transitioned into a newly created role at OzChild as the Senior Manager, Client Incidents and Program Development.
This is an exciting new role where we apply new systems to review and investigate client allegations that occur in our programs. This sees OzChild aligning to the recommendations of several major investigative reports such as the Royal Commissions into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, as well as aligning our agency to the Child Safe Standards.
In the near future, I am hoping I will also be taking on some support functions to further develop practice in our programs.
How long have you been in your role?
Although I came into this new role about 12 months ago, I spent most of last year on a secondment as the Assistant Director for NSW (and a few months helping out with the ACT too). It was great to have some time to get to know the work and teams in NSW and ACT.
I have been fully back in my new role since November 2018.
Which site do you work at?
I am very lucky to be working at the new Dandenong site. It is a beautiful office 😊
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
At the moment my job is so new and challenging that I am enjoying learning so many new things. I feel really honoured to be part of making things better for the children we care for and ensuring we have systems in place to really check that children are safe from harm in our services. I recognise these new systems are really challenging for us all and hope over time they will just become part of our everyday practice.
What’s the best thing about working at OzChild?
I like much of what I do at OzChild but I think it’s the people around you that really make the job and OzChild has such a great culture that people are incredibly friendly and helpful. Everyone I talk to is always committed to do their best and they always remain focused on improving outcomes for the children and families we work with.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
I love socialising with family, friends and our many animals.