National Protective Behaviours Conference 2018

30-31 August 2018


Empower Children To Speak Up.  Educate Communities To Act And Listen.

Hosted by Act for Kids and Protective Behaviours Australia please join us for the National Protective Behaviours Conference 2018.

Our two-day event features keynote speakers from all across Australia sharing their research, insights and knowledge of protective behaviours. Combined with informative and interactive workshops, attendees will walk away empowered with the knowledge to collectively reduce the incidence and impact of abuse and violence in the community and keep our kids safe.

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30th – 31st August, 2018

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


Our Keynote Speakers

Dr Neil Carrington – CEO Act for Kids

Leadership in Child Protection

Dr Neil Carrington joined Act for Kids as CEO in August 2010, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise as an experienced educator, counsellor and leader. With a Master’s Degree in Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Guidance, and a PhD in Educational Psychology; Dr Carrington’s background has been a strong foundation to Act for Kids’ work in developing the education and training of child protection practitioners with the goal of improving practice across the sector.

Julie Inman Grant – Commissioner E Safety

Cyber Safety

Julie Inman Grant is the eSafety Commissioner. Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and Adobe. Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.

Professor Judy Atkinson – We Al-li

Aboriginal Healing, Trauma and Wellbeing

Professor Judy Atkinson identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australian) woman who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage.  With a PhD from QUT, her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She developed the We Al-li program of which she is now a trustee. Judy retired in 2010, to focus on writing and working with communities in educational – healing work, what she calls educaring.

Dr Judith Howard – Queensland University of Technology

Trauma Aware Schooling

Dr Judith Howard is a senior academic from the QUT with an extensive history as a student behaviour specialist. She is particularly focused on concerns of students from complex trauma histories and promotes a neuroscience-informed approach to student management and support – to which she believes every educator in every school needs access. Judith oversees teacher education at QUT, regarding student behaviour support and (more recently) trauma-informed schooling.

Professor Kerryann Walsh – Queensland University of Technology

School-based education programs for prevention of child sexual abuse: What does the evidence say?

Kerryann Walsh is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. Kerryann conducts strategic and applied research on child protection. Over the past 10 years, her research has been concerned with generating empirically-validated principles for child maltreatment prevention and response, and ensuring the uptake of these principles in legislation, policy and practice.

Liz Walker – Youth Wellbeing Project

Actionable responses to pornography as a public health crisis.

Liz Walker is an accredited sexuality educator, speaker, and author. In addition to her role as consultant Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed, Liz is Chair of eChildhood, a health promotion charity dedicated to reducing the harmful effects of pornography on children. Well connected internationally, Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organisations.

Dr Lesley-Anne Ey – University of South Australia

Problematic Sexual Behaviour in Preschools, Schools and Care: Prevalence and Educator Training and Needs

Dr Lesley-Anne Ey lectures in Child Development, Educational Psychology and Child Protection. Before undertaking her PhD she taught in Preschools and Primary schools across a variety of government and independent sectors. Her PhD research focused on young children’s engagement with contemporary music media and their gender role and self-identity development.

Di Margetts – Learnings of a Lifetime in Protective Behaviours

The History and Future of Protective Behaviours

Di Margetts is qualified in General Midwifery, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Sciences and Protective Behaviours. In the mid ‘80’s Di was involved in the creation of the Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre; she established the original Melbourne Crisis Support Unit bringing Police and Counsellors together for the first time. Di’s journey with Protective Behaviours started in 1985, as a part of the working group that first brought Peg Flandreau West, founder of Protective Behaviours to Australia.

What's it about?

The National Protective Behaviours Conference is a two-day event bringing together current research, innovative practice and systematic approaches.

Who for?

Teachers, principals, early childhood educators, social workers, psychologists, child protection advocates, family support practitioners, health professionals, police and anyone who is interested in creating safer communities.

How much?

The cost is $395 + booking fees for the entire two-day conference. Cost for students is $350 + booking fees.

Contact us

The Conference Committee can be contacted on email at or phone at 07 5656 8600.

Workshop Topics

  • Early Years Program – What is possible for the under 4’s?
  • Child Safe Organisations – Impacts on practitioners and organisations
  • Learn to be safe with Emmy & friends – Evidence Based Practice
  • Child on Child Sexualised Behaviour
  • Protective Behaviours and Restorative Justice
  • Protective Behaviours – A whole community approach
  • Driving change for Indigenous Australians impacted by child sexual assault

Where to stay

Our corporate sponsor Oaks Hotels & Resorts in conjunction with Act for Kids are proud to be offering discounted accomodation rates at Oaks Casino Towers, Oaks Festival Towers and ISTAY River City. To book, visit Oaks Hotels & Resorts and enter ACT4KIDSCONF in the Promo Code section. More. 



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