If you want to build better communities for children and if you think children should be more involved
in decision making, then this network is for you.
The network connects professionals with an interest in building child friendly communities to discuss ideas, strategies, challenges and solutions.
Geoff Woolcock has kindly agreed to come along to the meeting to speak with the group about what a child friendly community looks like in an Australian context. Geoff is a Senior Research Fellow at Wesley Mission Brisbane and Adjunct Associate Professor, Griffith University’s School of Human Services and Social Work; School of Public Health and Social Work QUT.
When: Thursday 14 August, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Where: Commissioner's Office for Children and Young People, 1 Alvan Street, Subiaco
RSVP: By Friday 8 August to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0411 066 595
Geoff Woolcock’s profile:
Geoff Woolcock works with a diverse range of public and private sector organisations helping develop whole of community outcome measures for a variety of social interventions, particularly in socio-economically disadvantaged communities. He is especially interested in building more effective evidence of what place-based approaches work to improve children’s wellbeing.
Geoff is an experienced social researcher with considerable expertise in social and community service planning and evaluation, including social impact assessment and project evaluation. He has 25 years'
community-based research experience nationally and internationally, in housing, youth and health sectors, particularly HIV/AIDS prevention and education, culminating in his PhD thesis on AIDS activism completed in 2000.
He is the current chair of the Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN), is on the executive steering committee for Community Indicators Queensland (CIQ), advisory committee member of Partners for Liveable Communities (PLC) Australia and serves as a board director on the Logan Child-Friendly Community Charitable Trust, the Australian National Development Index (ANDI) and the Brisbane Housing Company. Geoff is also the current Queensland convenor for the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY).
He was the Australian member on the executive committee for the Asia-Pacific Child-Friendly Cities
Network (2010-2013), and is a partner investigator in the ARC Linkage Kids in Community Study (KICS), an offshoot of the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) where qualitative assessments of critical factors determining the success of several "outlier" school communities in low income neighbourhoods are being undertaken. Geoff is a frequent public speaker about bettering the built and natural environments for children and youth using a whole-of-community approach