how we help
The core focus of our work is working with organisations to build their capacity to better meet the needs of the children and young people they work with.
We do this by advising, assisting and supporting organisations:
➤ To meet their functions and obligations under various laws and standards, including in NSW:
the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998
the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
the Ombudsman Act 1974
the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
the Out of Home Care Standards
the National Standards for Disability Services
and where necessary, advise and assist them on how their work interfaces or is impacted by other areas of law such as administrative law, criminal law, employment law, discrimination law and Human Rights.
➤ To more effectively engage with and respond to:
State and Commonwealth regulatory bodies,
State and Commonwealth contractual partners or funding bodies,
other service providers, as well as
Courts and Tribunals.
➤ To respond and implement government reforms such as
implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commissions into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,
or responding to government discussion/consultation papers impacting the sector.
➤ To develop and implement robust systems, policies and procedures
➤ To advise and assist with reportable conduct/incident investigations, workplace/practice reviews and other assessments
➤ By developing and delivering tailored training and capacity building.
CP Partnerships can also:
Provide a seconded in-house lawyer /consultant service to assist clients that do not have their own in-house legal team, or where they do have such a team, to assist the team with one–off child protection related projects or an overflow of urgent or other work.
Assist with establishing and conducting regular ‘legal clinics’ (either by phone or face to face) for our clients to better support and resource their front-line staff in their work with children and young people and, and hence avoid minor issues potentially becoming major problems.
How we work
In all our work, a good outcome for CP Partnerships is for our clients not to end up in Court or spend time responding to show cause notices from regulatory or other bodies – so they can remain focused on running their organisations and providing valuable services and supports to the children and young people they work with, their families and communities. Our focus is prevention; but when needed, we work tirelessly to advise and defend you.
Where we work
We work from Sydney and the Blue Mountains but provide services to organisations throughout NSW and beyond.
We are happy to meet at our clients’ office or another location convenient to them. We can also work and communicate using different technology to save on time and costs for our clients.
Examples of how CP Partnerships assists clients
CP Partnerships provides advice and assistance:
In care and protection matters under child protection legislation, (including the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998) (the Care Act), Family Law, or under the Supreme Court’s protective jurisdiction.
In guardianship matters under state guardianship legislation that impact on children and young people.
Addressing and responding to compliance and other matters under the Ombudsman Act 1974, Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, National Disability Insurance and Disability Act 2013 (NDIS Act), as well as State and Commonwealth privacy legislation.
Understanding, adapting and dealing with the NDIS when it comes to children and young people, including when there are (or potentially are) child protection issues involved.
Responding to government enquires, or coronial inquests.
In becoming a child safe organisation.
With Discrimination and Human Rights matters impacting on children and young people.
With administrative reviews of decisions by government agencies under various State and Commonwealth laws e.g. reviewable decisions under the Care Act; reviewable decisions under the NDIS Act.
Responding to or requesting information under various processes in law. For example, under subpoena, Ch 16A of the Care Act, Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 or State and Commonwealth privacy legislation.
Reviewing and preparing tenders for service delivery to children and young people.
Reviewing and preparing grant applications to ensure all legislative requirements in relation to the safety and welfare of children and young people are met.
Negotiating contracts and funding agreements dealing with the delivery of services to children and young people, their families, carers and communities.
Developing and implementing policies, procedures, and systems impacting on the safety and welfare of children and young people.
In workplace investigations deal with incidents of abuse or misconduct, as well as providing advice and assistance in setting up and implementing robust policies, procedures and systems to prevent and respond to such incidents.
In foster carer assessments, including advice and representation in relation to reviewable decisions in the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) about the authorisation, suspension and cancellation of carer authorisation and related matters.
Developing and delivering tailored training, workshops and seminars to Board Members, front-line staff, carers and the community.
Preparing submissions to law or policy reform and inquiries that have an impact on the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people, their families, carers and communities.