Paula Browne B. A. (Social Welfare) | B. Soc. Wk. | MAASW
Senior Social Worker
Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.
Paula Browne is a Social Worker with over 24 years’ experience working with children, young people, families and communities impacted by trauma and abuse, working in a variety of government and non-government settings including Family and Community Services, NSW Health, a non-government school and Manager of Services with Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes.
Paula has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Welfare) and a Bachelor of Social Work from Charles Sturt University and, is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has undertaken additional training in evidence based individual and group therapy programs including the Narrative Therapy, Circle of Security Parenting Program, Combined Parent Child Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Tuning into Kids and Tuning into Teens.
Paula’s direct experience in the statutory child protection field where she worked for over 10 years, firstly as a Child Protection Caseworker and later as Child Protection Specialist included the completion of complex assessments for the Children’s Court, ongoing psychosocial assessment and case management for children and families in the context of risk and safety as well as permanency planning and addressing the needs of children and young people placed in Out of Home Care. Paula also gained extensive experience in training and assessment of prospective foster carers and completing frequent reviews of foster and kinship placements. Furthermore, Paula has over six years of experience as an independent Contracted Adoption Assessor for Family & Community Services Adoptions Branch undertaking many intercountry, local and step parent adoptions assessments and placement reviews including the preparation of comprehensive reports for the Supreme Court.
During her employment with Centacare Wilcannia–Forbes and later at Red Bend Catholic College, Paula undertook the role of Child Protection Officer including responsibility for the writing, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures related to Child Protection as well as professional development for staff in Child Protection. Paula received extensive training and held responsibility for completing reportable conduct investigations on behalf of these organisations in accordance with the requirements of NSW Ombudsman and Office of Children’s Guardian.
Paula is currently works as a Child Protection Counsellor for the Western NSW Local Health District and is passionate about providing long term therapeutic intervention, support and advocacy for children and young people, families and carers who are affected by complex trauma as well as working with families at risk due to abuse with the aim of preventing future disruption, creating safety and stability, processing traumatic experiences and repairing relationships.