An overview of our two-day program can be accessed below. This year our focus on permanency and thriving for children and young people is woven around last year’s National Recommendations, developed from the outcomes of the conference. This is a two-way conversation – take your seat at the table!

Plenary Session 1:
Unifying National Child Welfare & Permanency

Launching the 2021 THRIVE National Permanency Conference, Lanai Scarr hosts Professor Paul Chandler; Renee Carter; The Hon Michelle Landry MP and welcomes international guests Deborra-lee Furness and Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD in a vital discussion about trauma, resilience and healing. 


Q&A with Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD


Plenary Session 2:
Integrating the voice of children and young people in decisions 

Join Helen McCabe as she hosts our segment exploring the importance of the voice of children and young people. Speakers include Australian National Children’s Commissioner Ann Hollonds; NSW Advocate for Children & Young People Zoe Robinson; WA Children’s Commissioner; Emily Backhouse; Danielle Schmidt; and international guest April Dinwoodie.


Morning Tea Break


Break out Sessions
(3 options to be announced soon)


Lunch Break


Plenary Session 3:
Accessibility and timeliness of permanency for children in care  

Angela Bishop takes us on a journey through permanency including guests The Hon Alister Henskens (NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services); Simone Walker (Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Policy and Commissioning at Department of Communities and Justice NSW); and Pam Barker (YFoundations); with more details to be announced.  


National Roundtable #1

Take your seat at the national table to put forward ideas, hear insights from a range of delegates and contribute to this year’s National Recommendations. Session 1 will cover: Unified, national approach to child welfare and permanency; Integrating the voice of children and young people in decisions; Accessibility and timeliness of permanency for children in care; Trauma-informed, therapeutic services for all children in care.


Plenary Session 4:
Trauma-informed, therapeutic services to be made available for all children in care, and ensuring all schools are trauma informed

Join Joe Hildebrand as we explore the importance of supports to thrive, welcoming guests including The Hon Rachel Sanderson (SA Minister for Child Protection); Helen Barrett (Play Therapy Hub); Jarrod Wheatley (Professional Individualised Care) and Jonah Bobongie (Led by a Heartstring).


One-on-one Meetings

Want to reach out to another delegate, speaker or organisation representative who is also participating? Book in 10-minute networking sessions. To be launched closer to the conference date. 


*** Please note***

  • Times, speakers and order are subject to variation as we finalise this jam-packed event!
  • Plenary sessions and the National Roundtables are automatically added to your agenda. Please select one option for each of the breakout sessions, which will be added to your agenda. National Roundtables and breakout sessions will require you to have access to Zoom
  • This year you will also be able to add one-on-one meetings with other delegates