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Caine Wild

Caine is the Company Director and founder of First Step Wild, a UK based empowerment and outdoor education program for children. Caine developed the idea of First Step Wild while working in children’s homes across Yorkshire. He’s a powerful advocate for the power of outdoor learning on a child’s development, behaviour and achievement outcomes, having spent time at a pupil referral unit himself before finding his strengths in the great outdoors.

Tracie Shipton

Mother, foster mother, social worker and Chief Executive of VOYCE-Whakarongo Mai, Tracie Shipton is a leading protagonist for getting the voice of children in care to be heard in the system and reflected in practice. Tracie has been involved in VOYCE-Whakarongo Mai since its inception, and one of her greatest pleasures was co-designing, with young people, the advocacy agency for young people with care experience.

Gregory Nicolau

Gregory has worked in the child/adolescent mental health care field for more than 35 years with a special interest in improving the outcomes of those who have adverse childhood experiences. He is the founder and current CEO of Australian Childhood Trauma Group (ACT Group) specialising in support services to clients and professionals, including assessments, therapy, consultation and program development. We’re delighted to have Gregory back for this conference after his hit presentation at Voices in Action 2017 in Sydney.

Keyarnee Schaefer

Keyarnee is a fun and bubbly 26 year old whose out-of-home care experience was paved with cross roads. At age 16 Keyarnee ran away from care and was seen by others as the textbook version of a “foster kid” going nowhere fast. These days Keyarnee’s strength and independence make her one of the most passionate and committed speakers set to take the stage at the 2019 Voices in Action conference.

Dr Joseph McDowall

Dr McDowall has a PhD from the University of Queensland in social psychology. He’s lectured both there and at Griffith University in the areas of research methods, statistics, social skills, and empirical aesthetics. Since 2002 he has been involved in child protection and has provided consultancy services to the Queensland government within the out-of-home care sector and for the Recognised Entities. He joined the board of CREATE Foundation in 2008 and is now Executive Director (Research). Dr McDowall is the author of three CREATE Report Cards (2008, 2009, and 2011), and two CREATE reports on Out-of-Home Care in Australia (2015 and 2018). The highly anticipated post-care version of CREATE’s 2018 national survey is set to be launched at Voices in Action 2019.