Brotherhood of St Laurence

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BSL Youth Department’s approach to Communities of Practice : a foundation paper

by Brown, Diane | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Cull, Emma.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 2019Description: 9 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2019; The BSL Youth Department’s overarching ambition is to inform the systemic reform of education, employment and welfare sectors to ensure they enable the provision of opportunities for young people experiencing disadvantage to participate fully in mainstream social and economic life.Summary: This ambition is based on the recognition that the issuesfacing young people in transition from school to work in Australia cannot be reduced to individual or familial level factors; they are also consequence of structural issues in the labour market, compounded by institutional level arrangements including the commissioning and governance of key services. A key part of the way BSL’s Youth Department works to achieve this ambition for change is to foster collaboration through the establishment of Communities of Practice (CoPs). This includes multi-sectoral collaboration with a range of service providers working with young people experiencing disadvantage (including education, homelessness, justice, OoHC sectors) and across Departments within local, State and Federal Governments. BSL’s non-competitive approach to service delivery and commitment to co-design enables us to work collaboratively across key sectors, while recognising the considerable knowledge, expertise and assets of locally based communities and the value of small organisations in their communities. Through CoPs, BSL also seeks to unite community organisations to work collaboratively on evidencing and implementing effective ways of working, to be a collective voice for change. BSL currently plays a role as an enabling organisation for a range of CoPs that have different agendas, but which also share common principles and key features, which are outlined later in this paper. Founded on principles of coproduction and collaboration rather than competition, BSL facilitates multi-sectoral collaboration and practice reform with a view to fostering innovation through harnessing collective effort, sharing ideas and experimenting with new approaches. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Case management : inclusive community practice / edited by Elizabeth Moore.

by Moore Elizabeth, 1951- [editor.].

Edition: Second edition.Publisher: South Melbourne, Victoria Oxford University Press, 2016Description: xxiii, 508 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Notes: Includes index.Summary: Case Management: Inclusive Community Practice is a consumer-directed social work text that provides health and human services workers with the theory, knowledge and skills to help the vulnerable. The second edition offers a strong in-depth overview of case management using case studies and reflective questions to teach readers to relate theory to practical situations.Clear navigation and updated content make Case Management a learning resource for students and practitioners working across the human services sector.Features of this edition:New references and content included in key areas to reflect recent changes to community practice:Chapter 6: Cultural Diversity and Competence: A Culturally Responsive Approach Chapter 18: Case management in Child Protection: Challenges, Complexities and Possibilities Chapter 19: Case Management and Complexity: Challenges in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Chapter 20: Our Safe Place - Community Responses to Koori Youth Violence Chapter 21: New Land New Home: Working with Refugee Survivors of Torture and Trauma (result of feedback)Chapter 22: Case management, Research Evidence, and Homelessness Services Well-respected Australian author team share their expertise across the many disciplines within the human services sector.Cross-reference margin notes added to signpost key topics across chapters.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Cultivating communities of practice : a guide to managing knowledge / Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, William M. Snyder.

by Wenger, Etienne | McDermott, Richard A. (Richard Arnold) | Snyder, William M.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, c2002Description: xii, 284 p. : ill.Review: "In Cultivating Communities of Practice, Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder argue that while communities form naturally, organizations need to become more proactive and systematic about developing and integrating them into their strategy. This book provides practical models and methods for stewarding these communities to reach their full potential - without squelching the inner drive that makes them so valuable."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
Everyday community practice / Amanda Howard and Margot Rawsthorne.

by Howard, Amanda, 1967- | Rawsthorne, Margot [author.].

Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2019Copyright date: �2019Description: 260 p.Other title: Everyday community practice : principles and practice.Summary: "Students and practitioners in human services are increasingly asked to include community engagement, participation and capacity building in their work with groups. In this book expert authors Amanda Howard and Margot Rawsthorne provide guidance on the theory and practice of working with communities, from preliminary planning and scoping before direct work with the community begins, through to evaluation. They explore key issues including developing an understanding of community life, facilitating and supporting community action, understanding and acting on structural inequity, managing negotiation and conflict, and building productive networks. They draw extensively on their own work with communities and research to create a dialogue with the reader on the interaction of task and process in everyday community practice. Written in a friendly and accessible style and featuring the voices of community workers throughout, this is a vital guide for anyone seeking to encourage positive change in an important field of practice."--Back cover.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Foyer Foundation [Website]

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Foyer Foundation 2021Online Access: Foyer Foundation website | National Foyer Community of Practice Notes: Link to Foyer Foundation website and National Foyer Community of Practice page. Updated 2-21; In 2017 the Foyer Foundation embarked upon an important partnership with the national anti-poverty organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence. This partnership enables the Foundation to expand the Foyer concept to new communities across the nation and tap into the extensive knowledge, service development and research expertise of the Brotherhood of St Laurence - website (who we are); The Community of Practice harnesses effort and expertise at a national level to: •Share expertise to identify ‘what works’ across Foyers. •To ensure that research informs practice and contributes to a cycle of continuous improvement, and that there is rigour to data collection, evaluation and monitoring efforts. - National Foyer Community of Practice page. •Provide guidance on the development or refinement of tools and resources to support service delivery, and share these amongst members of the CoP to enhance practice. •Share and identify opportunities for innovation and improvement, including potential partnerships. •Identify and develop opportunities for campaigning about Youth Foyers within the broader service system Summary: Foyers provide a point in time service that enable young people in transition to develop and achieve educational and employment pathways, exiting in a sustainable way from welfare and service dependence. While there are programs in both the education and homelessness sectors that seek to support young people experiencing disadvantage with their education or accommodation across Australia, there are almost no fully integrated service models focused on education and employment outcomes. The key to the model lies in the provision of stable accommodation for up to two years in a supported, congregate living environment. For young people who are unable to rely on family support in this critical developmental stage, Foyers provide the time, personalised attention, mentoring, coaching and access to opportunities needed to lead fulfilling, independent and productive lives. A Youth Foyer is much more than a supported accommodation facility, or welfare program. Utilising an ‘Advantaged Thinking’ approach, Foyers seek to tap into the goals and ambitions of young people and nurture their talents while building skills for life. At heart, the Foyer model is based on the life-changing proposition that the most constructive thing we can do for young people is to ensure they become educated, employable and empowered so they can build better lives for themselves, and achieve genuine independence. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
National Youth Employment Body [Website] / National Youth Employment Body ; BSL

by National Youth Employment Body (NYEB) | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence ; National Youth Employment Body, 2018Online Access: Website Notes: The National Youth Employment Body (NYEB) was established by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2018 to enable a coherent, multi-sectoral response to youth unemployment. The aim of the NYEB is to facilitate collaborative efforts that enable young people to secure decent work while addressing the needs of industry for a diverse and adaptable workforce. Young people in Australia want to work. Many young people are struggling to enter a changing labour market, and when they do, it is often into highly insecure, low skilled and low paid work. COVID-19 has only exacerbated these challenges and intensified the urgency for a targeted youth unemployment response. The NYEB is building on international evidence and the Brotherhood’s research, policy and practice experience in developing and delivering innovative employment programs, including the development of the Transition to Work Community of Practice. This work focuses on place and facilitating collaboration to connect locally driven solutions to national policy impacts and systems change. Driving impact: The NYEB is driving impact by supporting local communities to develop flexible, integrated and scalable employment solutions that benefit young people, employers, communities and adaptive policy making across Australia, by: Increasing local community capacity and productive collaboration between service providers, employers, training providers, young people, community organisations and all levels of government through Community Investment Committees, to develop, trial and scale sustainable employment opportunities for young people, that align with local employer and industry demand. Showcasing and scaling innovative local skills and employment solutions for young people with national and state level policy makers. Amplifying young people and employers’ leadership in local and national youth employment practice and policy development and debate. Facilitating national collaboration and co-design between and across different levels of government, industry, service and education experts through the NYEB Governance Groups, to drive a comprehensive government response to youth unemployment. Developing accessible resources, including tools, training, and governance and operations resources tailored to support effective practice in local contexts. Building the evidence base on local to national youth employment solutions by evaluating the key elements and impact of the NYEB model, and sharing key learnings to advance the development of a coherent national approach to youth employment in-place. Summary: Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Transition to work community of practice : practice guide

by Brown, Diane | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | James, Sally | Mallett, Shelley | McTiernan, Niamh | Orchard, Nicholas | Cull, Emma.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017Description: iv, 75 p. ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: August 2017 First published in March 2017; To develop this Practice Guide, BSL led a co-design process with the Transition to Work Community of Practice. Collectively, the CoP organisations tested and refined a number of foundational documents and tools; the feedback and expertise of their managers and CEOs, and the Youth Development Coaches and Employer Engagement Officers of each of these organsations (listed below), was instrumental in the development of this Practice Guide: Workways, Gen-Z Employment, Vocational Partnerships Group, School Industry Partnership, Australia Community Support Organisation, Colony 47, YouthWorX NT, Joblink Midwest, Anglicare South Australia, Brophy Family and Youth Services Summary: For several years now, the BSL has been developing and testing a different approach to working with young people experiencing disadvantage across a number of settings including employment, education and housing. In particular the TtW CoP Model has drawn on the approach taken by the Youth Transitions Program (YTP)2 and the EFY Foyers. The YTP was initially developed by the BSL in 2010 and delivered across three sites in western Melbourne with the aim of building the work aspirations and capabilities of young people experiencing disadvantage to engage in further learning and/or work. It provided a structured training component as well as connections to real world opportunities, engagement with the local community and referral to health and wellbeing services. In 2014, the BSL and Launch Housing (formerly Hanover Welfare Services) developed the EFY Foyer model with three Victorian Foyers currently operating at co-located Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sites across Victoria – two in Melbourne at Holmesglen TAFE in Glen Waverly and Bendigo Kangan TAFE in Broadmeadows, and one at Shepparton’s GO TAFE in regional Victoria. EFY Foyers provide integrated learning and student accommodation in mainstream educational settings for young people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and prepares them to build the foundations for a sustainable livelihood. The model embeds an Advantaged Thinking approach in all its practices, processes and tools, which are designed to promote and build young people’s aspirations, skills and capacities. By prioritising engagement with education, the model builds young people’s connections to mainstream education, services and opportunities. Coupled with the research and evaluative work conducted by the BSL’s Research and Policy Centre, the learnings from these programs have informed the development of a set of core principles and features of a model. Through the TtW Community of Practice, this model is being tested and refined using the extensive expertise of the TtW CoP members, and adapted to suit local community contexts. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Transition to Work National Community of Practice : insights from year 1

by van Kooy, John | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Brown, Diane | Bowman, Dina | Mallett, Shelley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017Description: 40 p. ill.Other title: Transition to Work National Community of Practice evaluation report.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2017 Summary: This document presents summaries of the first three strands as three distinct but consecutive reports. The three reports can be read as standalone documents, or as a series. Report 1: Conceptual Framework for the National Community of Practice serves as a foundational document for the CoP, and importantly, for subsequent evaluation. The ambition of the CoP is to develop and demonstrate an alternative to traditional responses to addressing youth unemployment. This requires clarity about the problem to be addressed. Report 1 sets out our understanding of youth unemployment as a multi-level problem, and in turn outlines what should underpin an effective, multi-level solution. It does this by referencing relevant bodies of literature, and situating the rational for the CoP approach within the context of a changing human services sector. Report 2: Implementation of the Community of Practice Model uses interview data and self-reported scorecards to provide insights into the challenges and highlights of implementing the CoP model across 12 diverse locations,1 as well as the establishment of the CoP itself. Recommendations for Year 2 are provided, based on these insights. Report 3: Year 1 Outcome Review provides a review of the available data on young people participating in CoP TtW services for the period March – December 2016, focusing on cohort characteristics and outcomes achieved in the first two quarters of operation. The report also outlines some key learnings and recommendations in regards to data collection for the remainder of the CoP project. Recommendations and actions taken to address them are collated and presented on the next page. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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