Belinda Lorek

Senior Manager, Practice Leadership and Development

Belinda is our Senior Manager of Practice Leadership and Development, leading the production of practice resources and other projects that enhance the capacity of providers to best support and care for children and young people in out-of-home care and youth justice. Her focus lies in restorative practice, justice, and inclusivity, to ensure practice reforms consider the experience and needs of the diverse children and young people that we have the honour to work alongside.

Belinda is a Social Worker with a Masters in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and a passionate advocate for children’s rights and practice reform. She has listened to the voices of children and young people in child protection and youth justice systems throughout her work life, as an inspector, official visitor, and advocate for safe, caring environments within youth detention and residential care houses.

Belinda lives on the lands of the Peramangk and Kaurna Peoples and enjoys exploring these lands with her two dogs, Lola and Barney.

Articles written by

Belinda Lorek

Consent conversations with young people in out-of-home care
Consent conversations with young people in out-of-home care
Having meaningful conversations with children and young people in out-of-home care about consent, while critically important, can be tricky. These consent conversations need to keep...
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“I’m not a Barbie girl”: Spatial design reform in residential care
“I’m not a Barbie girl”: Spatial design reform in residential care
The Create Voices in Action conference was held in Adelaide in March 2024. Three compelling voices at the conference belonged to Professor Suzie Attiwill and...
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Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility – alternative diversion model
Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility – alternative diversion model
The focus of this submission The Australian Childhood Foundation and Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care (CETC) are dedicated to upholding the rights of children...
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When systems designed to protect do harm
When systems designed to protect do harm
What comes to mind when you think about the child protection or youth justice system?  Protection and safeguarding? Rehabilitation? Trauma-informed care? These two complex and...
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