Child Protection, Education and the High Risk Teen – A Collaborative Response

The University of Southern Queensland, in collaboration with the Department of Education (Darling Downs, South West Region) and the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, Catholic Schools, and the Department of Child Safety will host their annual Symposium. Focusing this year on Child Protection, Education and the High Risk Teen, the symposium will be held at the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba campus on Friday 7 September 2018.

The symposium will have a number of keynote speakers who will explore a range of professional perspectives and collaborative approaches relating to the intersection of child protection, education as they relate to the complexities of the high risk teen.

  • Dr Wayne Petherick – Forensic criminologist and Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University, presenting on adolescence and violence.
  • Dr Chelsea Leach – Forensic psychologist and founder of Pracademics™, – Speaking on TICS – Trauma-informed and child-safe: What we learn at the beach.
  • Dr Kay Ayre and Dr Govind Krishnamoorthy – Speaking on trauma informed behaviour and behavioural support.

The presenters will also facilitate an audience lead Q&A session. A hypothetical case will be discussed through an interactive panel session, which will allow participants to explore topic issues experienced in their professional context and engage in discussion with key professional stakeholders in the community.

The goal is to explore critical issues relating to the interrelatedness of child protection, education and the high risk teen which, impact on professionals and to promote a collaborative response through discussion with key multiagency stakeholders.


Date: 7 Sep 2018

Time: 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM


Name: University of Southern Queensland

Phone: 4631 2100


USQ Toowoomba | R Block - Room R113

487-535 West Street

Toowoomba, Toowoomba