2023 Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum

The 2023 Better Chances Engagement Forum was a forum for workers, services and community representatives supporting children, young people and their families across Bundjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr Countries.

It was held on Wednesday 15 March 2023 at Ballina RSL, Ballina NSW and attended by more than 140 people.

The forum was delivered by a dedicated committee of BCF members, including Our Regional NSW, Social Futures, Ngunya Jarjum Aboriginal Corporation, Livable, YWCA Australia, Northern NSW Local Health District, We Al-li Programs, The Family Centre, Southern Cross University and FAMS.

And was proudly supported by YWCA Australia, Social Futures and the Department of Communities and Justice, Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program.

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This year’s theme is ‘Connect, reflect and share our stories’.

This exciting regional forum is a great opportunity to share, learn and build engagement practice and connection. Hear and learn about engagement projects and approaches from within Bundjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr Country (and beyond) that are locally, community or culturally-led, including:

  • how services connect with children, young people and families seeking support (may include approach to intake, assessment, planning and relationship building)
  • how we support children, young people and their families to influence decisions about their lives and the support they will receive (alongside services and community
  • building relationships between services and community to support wellbeing
  • involving children, young people and their families in the design, delivery and evaluation of services, programs and activities
  • activities focusing on early intervention, healing and trauma informed care
  • activities that support the purpose of the Better Chances Forum (BCF)

Many presentations are presented or co-presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, community members and young people.


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