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We believe in children.

Barnardos Australia’s Practice Development Centre is dedicated to ensuring all case workers are equipped to work to the highest standard. Our committed training and professional development team facilitate practice-based training for caseworkers and managers in all agencies across the country.

We believe in supporting case workers' guided-practice.


The Supporting Children and Responding to Families (SCARF) model aims to meet an individual child's needs by strengthening and connecting families to their communities. The model offers comprehensive assessment and planning tools alongside guidance in making professional judgements.

Available training:

  • Best Practice SCARF training - incorporating e-SCARF training
  • e-SCARF technical competency and hands on training
  • Reflective Practice sessions
  • Customised agency training (including refresher training)

Our SCARF training is endorsed by FamS, the peak body for family support services in NSW.

Download our SCARF training flyer


MyStory is a guided practice tool for practitioners in out of home care. It supports workers through streamlined case work processes and a guided-practice approach to ensure children, youth, families, carers and multiple agencies can work together to achieve positive outcomes.

Available Training:

  • Best Practice MyStory training for OOHC workers
  • MyStory technical competency and hands on training – Referral and Registration
  • MyStory technical competency and hands on training – Carer Data Management
  • Customised agency training (including refresher training)

Find out more about the MyStory case management system here.

Download our MyStory training flyer


LACES is Australia’s first guided-practice case management tool for out of home care practitioners. LAC training is designed to give practitioners a comprehensive overview of the LAC system and principles. We aim for each participant to understand the purpose of using LAC, the function of each tool, how they link together and to develop competency through hands on practice. LACES training is only available to existing LAC users. Please Contact PDC to arrange a customised training session to meet your needs.


Best Practice Case Record Writing

Keeping excellent case records in social work practice is an important aspect of service provision. Case notes assist practitioners to make informed decisions and facilitate the delivery of services. This workshop will allow practitioners to improve their case note writing skills.

Learn what information should be included in your case notes and how to best reflect decisions, actions and events in your clients lives.

Download our Case Record Writing flyer

Cultural Identity Training - Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Our Cultural Identity Training is a one day workshop which provides an essential opportunity for practitioners and general public to gain greater insights and learn constructive and culturally sensitive ways to work with people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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