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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION SERVICE

National Telephone Support Line – 1800 688 009

Our friendly telephone support workers offer information, referral and ongoing support to those affected by child abuse, concerned about the welfare of a child, or needing family or parenting support. Free-call 1800 688 009 from anywhere in Australia. The telephone service operates from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday and is closed on public holidays.

Community Education

Visit our Resources section to download and print: posters, fact sheets, brochures, carry cards, and other useful materials. These free, high-quality resources have been developed to help children, their parents, their schools and entire communities to tackle child abuse and keep kids safe!! Selected resources are also available in: Mandarin, Korean, Arabic, Italian and Greek.

Breakfast Club

CAPS currently runs a breakfast club at Homebush West Public School in Sydney - giving students a healthy start to the day and a great social experience! If you are interested in starting a breakfast club program at your school, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Community Development

CAPS delivers a broad range of community development activities that strengthen and support children and young people, families and entire communities. Some of our current or recent community develop initiatives include; the Festival of Families held annually in Burwood (Sydney), targeted community legal and child protection workshops for culturally and linguistically diverse families, the inner-west Schools Expo, preschool and primary school prevention programs, and the development of a YouTube channel with local youth.

CARER AND PARENT SUPPORT

Support Groups

CAPS runs a range of free groups (such as Keeping Children Safe and Wrapped in Angels) that help families and children get the ongoing support they need. Details of support group sessions can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Family Support

CAPS family support program provides each family with a package of support services, tailored to their specific strengths and needs. Families have access to one-time or ongoing, client focussed case management, support and referrals. To make an appointment with one of our our case workers please contact 02 9716 7032.

Free Parent and Carer Education Sessions

Meet local parents, learn new ways to handle common parenting issues and have your most challenging parenting questions answered by experts! Our free parent education sessions cover a wide variety of topics and are open to all parents and carers. Sessions are held at 21 Holden Street Ashfield (Sydney) on the second Wednesday evening of the month. All sessions begin at 7pm and refreshments are provided. Please call 02 9716 8000 to confirm your attendance as bookings are essential. Please note that child care is not available on the premises.

Inner West Parent Library and Resource Centre

Browse or borrow a wide range of high-quality parenting books, DVD’s, brochures, and materials. Our Parent Library and Resource Centre is located at 21 Holden Street Ashfield (Sydney) and is open to the public from 10am – 5pm Weekdays (closed on Public Holidays). Please note that child care is not available on the premises.

Supported Playgroup

The CAPS @ Campsie supported playgroup is a free, weekly activity for parents and their children (aged 0 -5 years old). The playgroup combines traditional play, music and signing, crafts, and dancing, with parent education sessions. Run during school tern term time only this playgroup is held on Tuesdays from 10.30am - 12.30pm at Rotary Community Centre, 34 North Parade Campsie.

Evidence-based Parent Training

CAPS delivers a suite of parent training programs that have been independently evaluated and are demonstrated to produce real and measurable positive outcomes for families, including the highly acclaimed Positive Parenting Program (Triple P, Triple P Teen and Triple P Pathways), Tuning Into Kids, Tuning In To Teens, and 123 Magic.

BOARD

The Board of the CAPS is committed to a long-term strategy of measurable success and excellence in the fields of child abuse prevention and family support.

Chair - Andrew Grech

Andrew Grech was elected Chair in May 2012 having originally joined the Board as Treasurer in July 2010. Andrew holds Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics degrees as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He is a Chartered Accountant and spent more than ten years in public accounting in Australia and the Czech Republic before joining and international consulting company in their Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) business. Over several years in BPO, Andrew held general management roles with an emphasis on business start-up and people management. He is also involved in mentoring programs involving high school students.

Vice Chair - Anthony Blyth

Anthony joined the CAPS board in 2012. Anthony has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments. Anthony has extensive experience as a management and technology consultant within the Energy, Government and Banking sectors. Previous companies he has managed major projects for include NSW RTA, ANZ, ING, BNP Paribas, Coles Myer, Energy Australia, Origin Energy, Powercor Australia and Integral Energy.

Treasurer - Daniella Traino

Daniella is a highly experienced information security and risk management specialist having worked in various senior leadership roles across Professional Services, Banking and Finance and State Government organisations. Daniella holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Computer Science, Accounting) from the University of Sydney, is a Certified Information Security Manager (Information Systems Audit Control Association (ISACA)) and a Chartered Accountant (ICAA). Daniella is also an associate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AAICD). She is formerly the National Treasurer of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and a member of its National Executive.

Board Member - Alison Crealy

Alison joined the Board as Treasurer in June 2012. She is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in financial analysis and management in Australia and Europe. As well as her work in public accounting and more recently as the financial leader for Owens Corning in Belgium, she has participated in numerous community projects. The latest of such projects was an after school homework school in central Brussels for disadvantaged children.

Board Member - Ellen Stuebe

Ellen is a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, trained in a complex dynamic systems approach that draws on cutting edge neurobiology and the latest developments in human development, trauma and relationship theories. Ellen specialises in working with adults who have experienced various forms of childhood trauma - including abuse and neglect. She also has a special interest in the parent-child relationship and in working with parents of young children, including new and expectant parents. She is a Clinical member of the Australian Somatic Psycotherapy Association (ASPA), a Provisional member of PACFA and is listed on the government regulated ARCAP register.

Board Member - John Cowell

John is General Counsel and Company Secretary for Healthdirect Australia and has been with that company since its incorporation by COAG in 2006. Healthdirect Australia is funded by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to deliver national tele-health and e-health solutions to the general public. John holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and has more than 17 years' public and private practice experience in commercial and corporate advisrory. He has worked in Australia and overseas holding internal legal and governance roles in Bangladesh, China, India, Singapore, South Korea and the UAE. John also currently serves as a Director for Karralalika programs Inc, a Not-for-profit organisation that supports adults and their families through a range of alcohol and drug programs.

Secretary - Jessica Tatam

Jessica joined the CAPS Board as Secretary in April 2014. Jessica brings to the Board over ten years of administrative and governance experience and has worked within the Real Estate, Insurance, Construction and Health Industries both in Australia and the UK. Jessica also assists the Company Secretary for another large not-for-profit Board and is in the process of completing her Certificate in Corporate Governance and MBA.

 

HONORARY ADVISORS

Honorary Corporate Advisor - Stephen Cartwright
Stephen Cartwright is currently Chief Executive Officer of NSW Business Chamber. Stephen was formerly the Managing Director of Chandler Macleod Group Ltd (a company which he founded) and prior to that was a founding partner of specialist law firm Fisher Cartwright Berriman.  Stephen is a proven business builder, and is a dynamic and visionary leader with exceptional people skills.

View CAPS' 2013 Annual Report

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The Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) was founded in Sydney in 1973 to respond to the needs of "runaways" and others seeking help from the Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross. Originally known as 'Prevention', the service developed unique, simple and effective methods of helping stressed families care for their children.

CAPS registered as a charity in 1978 and became incorporated in 1989. Over the years CAPS has had many abodes, including the Director's home, a hut on Easy Street in the POW Hospital, and the Randwick Community Centre.

In 2010 CAPS developed its Carer and Parent Support (CAPS) branch under which operates its general parent education, groups, and family support work. CAPS is currently based in Ashfield, Sydney.

Dorothy Ginn AM (1922 - 2011) was a foundation member of the World Health Organisation for the Defence of Children and also the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dorothy accepted government invitations from New Zealand (1978) Zambia (1978) and Canada (1985) to advise/consult in the setting up of child abuse and neglect legislation and child abuse prevention training programs. She toured New Zealand as a guest of the Mental Health Foundation in 1978, after which C.A.P.S. New Zealand was formed.

Prior to the establishment of its own service, Dorothy assisted the NSW Department of Youth and Community services in this area. She also cooperated with relevant agencies in Queensland and Western Australia.

In 1984 Dorothy received the Sir Lorimer Dods Award for "Excellence of work measured by state, national and international standards on behalf of children" and in 1987 was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Dorothy retired in 2003 after a career spanning 30 years and the CAPS family was greatly saddened by Dorothy's passing in 2011.

You can read the first 2 chapters of Dorothy's book The Fence on the Cliff here. For copies of the book please contact 02 9716 8000.