Bright Futures Webinars

Our free webinars are available to people working in the children’s education and care sectors and members of the community, including parents and carers. Frontline practitioners who work directly with children in education, childcare, support work, social work, youth justice may find these resources useful to their practice contexts.

Register for a webinar below or visit the Bright Futures Community of Practice to view the past webinars recordings at

30 June 2023, 1:00pm

Connection is protection

Join Rosie Armstrong Lang, a cultural practitioner and Darcy Cavanagh, CEO of REFOCUS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation as they discuss culture as prevention. When First Nations children have connection they have culture as their foundation, connection is the thread to identity and belonging, to self and community, to strength and resilience. Connection is also about reconnecting the disconnected.

The theme for NAIDOC week 2023 is ‘for our elders’, Rosie and Darcy will yarn about the importance of connections through the generations and the healing that comes from being in relationship with kin, country, spirit and lore.


Presenter Rosie Armstrong Lang

Rosie Armstrong Lang
CEO at Culturally Informed Practices

Presenter Darcy Cavanagh

Darcy Cavanagh

12 July 2023, 1:00pm

Shifting the paradigm, working to end child exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a challenging and often misunderstood area of child protection. Join our webinar to gain a better understanding of this subject, explore its definitions and language, models of exploitation and grooming and risk indicators and vulnerability.


Presenter Conrad Townson

Conrad Townson
Principal Advisor on Child Sexual Exploitation, IFYS

9 August 2023, 1:00pm

Technology Assisted Harm and the Law: Rights, Risks and Responses

Carolyn Jones will provide an overview of laws around sex and consent, and technology assisted harmful sexual behaviours, including sexting for under 18s and image-based abuse, as well as the challenges arising from different laws in each jurisdiction.

The webinar will also highlight emerging issues, including sextortion, hate speech and inciting suicide, and explore children and young people’s help seeking behaviours and experiences when something happens online.


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Presenter Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones
Principal Solicitor (Harm Practice), Youth Law Australia

6 September 2023, 1:00pm

Shining a light: Driving transparency and accountability to address online child sexual abuse

With the pandemic seemingly supercharging both demand and supply of child sexual abuse material, there’s a need to ensure all available tools are being deployed at scale. This webinar will provide an overview of the eSaftey Commissioner’s regulatory functions, and how eSafety is driving transparency and systems change across the digital ecosystem.


Mike Skwarek
Office of the eSafety Commissioner

18 October 2023, 1:00pm

The importance of a contextual approach in the prevention and treatment of harmful sexual behaviours

Join Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh and Cyra Fernandes as they discuss the importance of holding a contextual approach when responding to children who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours.


Dr Susan Rayment McHugh
Senior Lecturer, Criminology and Justice
School of Law and Society, University of Sunshine Coast

Cyra Fernandes
Senior Specialist Therapist Therapeutic Care, CETC@ Australian Childhood Foundation

1 November 2023, 1:00pm

ThinkUKnow program

This webinar will provide an overview of the ThinkUKnow program. How real cases and examples from reports made to the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) inform the content of educational resources with the aim to prevent online child sexual exploitation will also be discussed.


Rachel Purdy
Senior Prevention Officer, Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE)

Danielle Broster
Senior Prevention Officer, Australian Federal Police’s Online Child Safety team

13 December 2023, 1:00pm

Understanding the journey for males who have experienced child sexual abuse: holding the lived experience and professional expertise in partnership

Join Professor Patrick O’Leary and survivor Phil Morgan as they discuss the meanings about sexual assault for males and how we can best respond.


Professor Patrick O’Leary
Co-Lead Disrupting Violence Research Beacon, Griffith University

Phil Morgan
Adult Survivor, Forgotten Australian/Care Leaver

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