Olivia Samec

Education Officer - Department for Communities, Child Protection and Family Support

Olivia Samec

Education Officer - Department for Communities, Child Protection and Family Support

Biography

Olivia Same is an award-winning artist and Churchill Fellow. Olivia was a school principal and worked in remote Aboriginal Communities, taught 4-18 year old, University, Education Officer in Child Protection and Founder Care Book Club.

Olivia has jointly published two books on practical well being habits for kids and teens.

What’s reading got to do with child protection? Life on a precipice; retraining the brain into the wellbeing zone-

Neuroscience says we can rewire the brain for positive change. My aim is to break inter generational cycles and improve life outcomes for our most vulnerable children.
See how we use books and reading as a vehicle to build relationships and trust, develop parental capacity. Books to soothe impacts of trauma, calm the mind , build children’s resilience and open potential.

Children in care are everyone’s business: They are the most damaged, vulnerable and disadvantaged group in Australia. As an Education Officer in in child protection I reach children who are often silent and invisible in the community.
Entrenched cycles of disadvantage created a need to work differently in the F District to open new horizons. The “Discovery Book Club” was a positive, practical and proactive change to the culture of the child protection and family support work space. This early intervention model, uses books as agents for change in a very tactile and relational way.

Thanks to partnerships with Aboriginal Literacy Foundation and the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, we have a ready supply of quality books for children at every contact. F uses these books to develop trusting relationships and attachment, build self worth, equity and moments of joy. The flow on effects of literacy acquisition are a welcome benefit for children whose ability to engage has been limited by the effects of trauma.
Come and hear case studies: The N Dame University reading program Whale of a Tale; Wise Kids’ Discovery book parcel program, along with Better beginnings all of which have immediate and long term benefits and relational impacts.
Understanding a need and a gap in the market led Olivia to publication with Con C of In the Zone series of books to create well being habits for kids and teens, and also the Care Book Club Fund within the F Foundation. This will fund specially selected parcels of new books to be gifted to children in care.
This Session is aims to inspire to think outside the box, persist through barriers, and embodies the conference theme; ”Reading Changes Lives”

This session comes with a PPT visual display; recommended books, some case studies and handouts with an interactive element.