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QATSICPP welcomes Senior Practice Leaders Posted: Monday 11 July 2016

Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) has appointed two Senior Practice Leaders — Lennart (Lenny) Dahlen and Candice Butler.

In their roles, Lenny and Candice work with community controlled organisations and build partnerships with departmental practitioners to drive culturally responsive practice across the child protection sector, helping to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in contact with the system.

Lennart Dahlen, QATSICPP Senior Practice Leader

Lennart (Lenny) commenced with QATSICPP in May 2016 as a Senior Practice Leader.  Lenny is a Nunukul-Ngugi man from the Quandamooka Nation of North Stradbroke Island in South East Queensland.  Before commencing with QATSICPP, Lenny was employed by the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) in various roles - but more recently the role of Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Workforce Support Unit (WSU) Manager for seven years. 

Lenny’s accomplishments include: his involvement in the establishment of the SEWB WSU; the founding action plan and implementation of the program; recruitment of staff for the SEWB WSU; and monitoring and reporting on QAIHC’s performance as part of the funding agreement.  Further to these accomplishments, Lenny provided input to the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SEWB Framework, the SEWB Counsellors Handbook, SEWB Program – Handbook for Link-Up Services, and the WSU and RTO Handbook, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy for the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

Additionally, Lenny has served as a Director on the Board of Gallang Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and is currently serving as a Director on the of Board of Black Community Housing Service.

Lenny has a Diploma of Community Services Coordination, Certificate IV in Mental Health and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment — all of which has provided strong foundations for Lenny to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Lenny’s extensive career and strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community links has paved the way for Lenny being an integral part of the QATSICPP team. Further to this, Lenny’s ample career has allowed him to bring a strong skillset to QATSICPP, which he will use to support the Aboriginal community controlled child protection sector. 

Candice Butler, QATSICPP Senior Practice Leader

Candice is a Senior Practice Leader for QATSICPP and commenced in her role in September 2015. Candice has strong family connections to Yarrabah in North Queensland. Before commencing her role at QATSICPP, Candice previously worked with the Department of Children and Families (based in Alice Springs) as a Senior Case Manager and was later promoted to Team Leader. 

Candice’s commitment to children and families stemmed from her cadetship with Centrelink in 2002-04, which paved the way for successful frontline service delivery; robust knowledge pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children; and a vast knowledge base of best practice in the child protection sector. Further to this, Candice’s accomplishments in this sector also extend to the youth justice arena, where she worked as a Case Manager in Townsville in 2007-10. 

Candice has obtained a Bachelor of Social Work as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education, which has added value to her already stellar professional career and skills. 

From Candice’s background and expertise in the child protection sector, she has developed a strong commitment to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are strong and supported through their developing years. Furthermore, in her current role of Senior Practice Leader, Candice is seeking to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection workers to excel in best practice and quality case management. 

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