1st Asia Pacific Safe & Together (TM) Model Conference - Domestic violence & children featuring David Mandel - Melbourne, Australia - 7-8 Feb 2018

When: 7 - 8 February 2018.

Where: Novotel Melbourne on Collins, 270 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Hosted by the Safe & Together Institute, along with the Berry Street Childhood Institute

Cost: A$495 (incl. GST) - early bird rate until 12 January 2018. Full rate - A$550 (incl. GST). Register now

For the past five years, practitioners from all over the world have travelled to the Safe and Together™ Model Symposium in the United States. For the first time ever, the Safe & Together Institute, along with Berry Street Childhood Institute, is hosting a symposium outside the U.S. and is presenting the 1st Asia Pacific Safe & Together Model Conference in Melbourne

This two-day event will bring together practitioners, policy makers, academics and leaders from across child protection, child youth and family services, family violence, men's services, justice and mental health. This conference will provide a comprehensive introduction to the Model for those who are new to Safe & Together, as well as extend the knowledge of those who have already attended Safe and Together™ Model training. 

  • Join the creator of the Model, David Mandel, as he outlines how the Model accomplishes a “pivot to the perpetrator.”
  • Learn about how the Model reduces victim blaming and helps moves child welfare systems away from a “failure to protect” approach while maintaining a focus on child safety. 
  • Listen to presentations about the application of the Safe and Together™ Model in the Australian context, including a panel from the Indigenous perspective and a workshop on targeted programming for perpetrators as parents. 
  • Join in discussion about Australian national research on Safe & Together.

Keynote speakers

  • David Mandel, MA, LPC
  • Dr Heather Nancarrow
  • Heidi Rankin, National Training Coordinator for David Mandel & Associates
Related report: 
"As part of the PATRICIA project, a set of domestic violence-informed case reading tools were used to review child welfare cases from five different states. The tools, which were developed and utilized by the Safe and Together Institute (formerly David Mandel & Associates) in the United States and the United Kingdom, were included in the project to give a national level, in-depth look at current child welfare domestic violence case practice across Australia. This appears to be the first international level review of this type in Australia or any other country." (From the executive summary).