Role and Purpose

An Expert Reference Group was formed to provide guidance over the course of the three-year project. The group provided advice on the development of relationship building practice resources to support caseworkers trialling practices during the research project.

The Expert Reference Group included Experts by Profession and Experts by Experience.

Experts by Profession

Experts by profession including practitioners and academics involved in the out-of-home care sector. Agencies represented included the Australian Childhood Foundations and Children’s Court.

Experts by Experience

Lived Experience Experts were employed to guide the research team based on their personal experiences of the out-of-home care system. These research ‘experts-by-experience’ brought a critical understanding of the issues for young people and families, including Aboriginal families. They also co-designed resources for the sector associated with the project. Hear about their involvement in the project in the series of videos below.

Meet three of our Experts by Experience – Billy Black, Bobby Hendry and Tegan Whittaker – as they discuss their involvement in the project in these short videos. Hear them reflect on: