Kids First Australia Manager wins Champion Award for Systems Change
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Kids First Australia Manager wins Champion Award for Systems Change

by Freya Lucas

June 03, 2022

Monique Yeoman, Child and Family Services Manager for Kids First, an independent child and family services provider and early education specialist organisation, has been awarded the Champion Award for Systems Change at the 5th Asia Pacific Safe & Together Conference.


The Safe & Together™ Model is an internationally recognised suite of tools and interventions designed to help child welfare professionals to become domestic violence-informed. The award is designed for those trained in the Safe & Together Model who have gone the extra step in applying the Model concepts and tools and making efforts to implement it across multiple agencies and sectors.


Nominated by her team in Child and Family Services, special mention was made of the ‘multitude of substantial evidence’ supporting Ms Yeoman’s nomination.


“There was a bit of shock at first, as I wasn’t expecting an award. But I really appreciate being recognised like this. Working with family violence has its challenges, but it’s a very rewarding career with a supportive and connected workforce. I’m just one of many champions making a difference,” Ms Yeoman said.


Kids First CEO, Aileen Ashford said the award was well deserved, and that the organisation is very proud of Ms Yeoman’s achievements. 


Over the past 18 months, Ms Yeoman has applied and implemented the Model across a range of Kids First programs for families experiencing family violence, with Safe & Together™ being just one of a range of tools that Kids First uses to support its work with children and families at risk of, or experiencing family violence.


To learn more about Kids First Australia please see here.  Image features Left to Right: Caring Dads Accredited Trainers Monique Yeoman, Sarah Webb and Fiona Edwards

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