The BCRG Children’s Services Community Development Officer (CSCDO) project aims to continually improve the safety, health and resilience of children, families and the community.
Since 1991, the CSCDO has lead various children and family activities, events and conferences to:
- link families and children with services by providing information and referral;
- build professional and parent skills through workshops and training opportunities;
- increase community awareness on local issues relating to children and their families
The activities are organised by members of the following CSCDO convened networks.
For events and activities information on these networks please contact the Children’s Services community Development Officer for details.
Bankstown Children’s Services Forum (BCSF)
The Bankstown Children’s Services Forum was established in 1990 originally as the first local child and family network in the Bankstown LGA. Today it operates to support a number of networks, which have formed to focus on specific issues relating to children ages 0-14 years and their families. These include the Bankstown Child Protection Interest Group, the Bankstown Early Childhood Intervention Committee and the Authorised Supervisors Link Up (Child Care Sector).
BCSF provides a common platform for all sectors to engage in community development activities that address child & family related issues in a holistic way. Community development initiatives employed by the forum include research and promotion of evidence based models of practice through mini seminar days, workshops and conferences. The forum provides an annual platform to coincide with the Children’s Week, which is a national event that allows an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of children’s skills, abilities, interests and talents and to reinforce their rights to fundamental services that support their health and wellbeing.
One of the most important functions of the BCSF is to ensure the lines of communication between sectors are open and working collaboratively. With this in mind, it has an established relationship with Families NSW – Bankstown Interagency Group & Bankstown Council to address gaps and issues identified via its networks.
Service providers in the Bankstown Local Government Area are welcome to join any of the BCSF networks. Please contact the Children’s Services Community Development Officer for details.
Bankstown Child Protection Interest Group (BCPIG)
The BCPIG aims to increase awareness and act on Child Protection issues in the Bankstown Local Government Area.
Child Protection Week is a national opportunity to highlight the universal issues of child protection and child wellbeing with our community. Since 1996, BCPIG has been offering the Bankstown community an event, which aims to promote community awareness of Child Protection and to motivate people to recognise that they can have an impact in protecting all children & preventing child abuse. This event represents collaboration and partnerships between services represented within the Bankstown Child Protection Interest Group. The network also collaborates to produce resources and convene workshops for other sectors and the community.
Service providers in the Bankstown Local Government Area are welcome to join this network. Please contact the Children’s Services Community Development Offier for details.
Bankstown Early Childhood Intervention Committee (BECIC)
BECIC is also the local area committee of the South Western Sydney Early Childhood Intervention Co-ordination Program, which works in partnerships to improve co-ordination of early intervention services, information and awareness and build family resilience.
Service providers in the Bankstown Local Government Area are welcome to join this network. Please contact the Children’s Services Community Development Officer for details.
Authorised Supervisor’s Linkup (ASLU)
Representatives from Bankstown Community Resource Group, Bankstown Council and Families NSW co-ordinate this network, whose aim is to provide a support system for Authorised Supervisors of childcare services in the Bankstown Local Government Area.
The meetings are an opportunity for services to showcase their achievements, new directions for programming the Early Years Learning Framework, be updated on regulations, government reforms, policy development and new resources.
Authorised Supervisors, or their representatives, from Child Care Service in the Bankstown Local Government Area are welcome to join this forum. Please contact the Children’s Services Community Development Officer for details.