Training Opportunities for Carers

OzChild’s Thriving Families program is a new initiative aimed at providing a suite of practical, emotional, community and training supports for OzChild's kinship and foster carers to enhance, improve and support your caring journey.

It is our hope, that providing our carers with learning opportunities, Thriving Families will remove hurdles and facilitate better support, improving the day-to-day carer experience, enabling every member of the carer household to thrive.

Carer training opportunities are for OzChild carers only and are aimed at delivering a wide range of topics to include, dealing with trauma, managing challenging behaviours, building resilience and providing tools and strategies, to name just a few.

Training topics, dates and details will be updated as new opportunities are available.

The online training and learning opportunities listed below are available for OzChild carers. If you are a foster or kinship carer with OzChild you will receive information about your online learning opportunities. If you are not an OzChild carer and would like to find out more please reach out to our team via email

eSafety for children and young people in Out-of-Home Care

Following Safer Internet Day, a day the world comes together with a shared vision of making online experiences better for everyone, the Centre is pleased to invite you to a special presentation by Greg Gebhart from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and Deb Tsorbaris, CEO of the Centre.

This webinar will provide an overview of eSafety and the role of the eSafety Commissioner, explore eSafety for children and young people in Out-of-Home Care and share the latest advice, research and resources available for carers and the care workforce to keep children and young people safe online. The webinar to open to the care services workforce, managers, supervisors and CEOs, as well as carers.

16 February 2021
1.30pm – 2.30pm

To register for this FREE webinar, click here: eSafety for children and young people in Out-of-Home-Care

Navigating Child Protection Webinar

• Have you ever wondered about???
• Navigating court orders
• Understanding DHHS processes
• Carer roles and responsibilities

Join us for a one-off Webinar with John Gates, Team Manager of Contracted Case Management (DFFH) on Wednesday 17th February 11:00 AM-12:00PM.

RSVP by Friday 10th February 2021 on 03 9212 3900 or
Include your name and email address (Log on via OzChild Learning Village).

Restoring Families

About the program
Restoring the balance of care: Navigating the puzzle of therapeutic parenting.
Restoring Families provides trauma-informed support and intervention to children and families. Kathryn and Lainie are Therapeutic Consultants with specialised training & postgraduate qualifications in Therapeutic Care, Developmental Trauma & Family Therapy.

Read more about the Restoring Families program

Please book this online training by emailing

Please note: 20 participants per session and you must attend all three consecutive sessions to complete the program.


Thursday 11th, 18th & 25th
10.00am – 12.00pm

MARCH 2021
Tuesday 16th, 23th & 30th
6.00pm – 8.00pm
TBC (likely adolescent)

Tuning into Kids

Tuning into Kids is an evidence-based parenting program that focuses on the emotional connection between parents and children.

The program teaches parenting skills in emotion coaching, which is to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting and supportive way. This approach helps the child to understand and manage their emotions. This is an important skill for children who have experienced trauma.

A new program will run over 6-weeks via the closed online platform. This series of FREE online workshops will be hosted by Katrina Hedges (Team Leader, Foster Care) who is a Tuning into Kids® facilitator and Kayla Want (Case Manager). Both are passionate about helping children become more resilient and have better emotional regulation skills.

To find out more information click here

6 x 2hr sessions (Every Wednesday evening)
24 February – 31 March 2021
6.00pm – 8.30pm

Please send an email with your full name, contact number and email address to

Please note you will need to be able to attend all six sessions to ensure good group cohesion.

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF)

About the program
Two-hour online workshops for foster and kinship carers Workshops to provide an opportunity for psychoeducation, reflection and discussion.

Workshops proposed:

  • Understanding the Impact of Family Violence on Children
  • Understanding trauma and the impact on the developing brain
  • Tools for understanding and supporting children (PACE, Iceberg Model, Window of Tolerance, Shield of Shame)
  • Carer reflections (reflecting on experience of being parented and role as carer, drawing upon BUGK principles)

Likely March, April 2021

OzChild Learning Village (Training Platform)

You should now have access to training modules such as the Safeguarding Children training and Carer Code of Conduct.

More training opportunities coming soon!

Safeguarding Children

Now available through the OzChild Learning Village

Code of Conduct

Now available through the OzChild Learning Village

If you do not have access to the OzChild Learning Village please contact Kylie Roberts on or call 03 8796 0000

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