Kelly Royds

General Manager

Kelly is our General Manager. She works to ensure young people, carers, leaders, and policymakers can access, share, and contribute to knowledge about what works in therapeutic out-of-home care.

Kelly’s work at the CETC is focused on the effective delivery and development of training and digital learning, impact storytelling and the overarching knowledge mobilisation strategy. She works in close partnership with therapeutic care providers, practitioners and other key government and non-government stakeholders to progress the goals of the CETC. She has held senior roles in the child and youth sector locally and internationally and worked across primary and tertiary education, government and international development. Kelly has a PhD in Childhood Studies and has published on participatory research, intercultural education and child rights.

Kelly lives on Gundungarra and D’harawal country and is learning how to grow a native habitat in her little urban garden.

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Kelly Royds

On-Demand: What we’ve learnt delivering trauma training to carers online
On-Demand: What we’ve learnt delivering trauma training to carers online
Over the past 18 months, we have been asking ourselves how online training can help meet the knowledge and support needs of foster and kinship...
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Supporting Aboriginal young people in justice and care – Rhett’s story
Supporting Aboriginal young people in justice and care – Rhett’s story
A few years ago, I met Rhett when he was collaborating with the Advocate for Children and Young People on a report about experiences of...
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Submission to the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People: Special Inquiry: Children and Young People in Alternative Care Arrangements (ACAs)
Submission to the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People: Special Inquiry: Children and Young People in Alternative Care Arrangements (ACAs)
Alternative Care Arrangements are the symptom of a care system in crisis ACAs have no place in a modern trauma-informed and child-centred out-of-home care system....
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Meet the CareSouth team
Meet the CareSouth team
CareSouth was recently awarded the Outstanding Therapeutic Residential Care Team Award at Youth Action NSW's Youth Work Awards. The CETC proposed the new Outstanding Therapeutic...
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Research Update: Understanding Relationships in Therapeutic Residential Care
Research Update: Understanding Relationships in Therapeutic Residential Care
The Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care (CETC) is engaged in ongoing research to understand how positive, trusting relationships and social connections can be fostered...
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Connecting to culture is a journey, not a box to tick
Connecting to culture is a journey, not a box to tick
Last week, we were privileged to have Dr Jacynta Krakouer lead a training session on building cultural connections for First Nations children and young people...
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Agenda for Change: Ensuring a safe and supportive out-of-home care system for children and young people in New South Wales
Agenda for Change: Ensuring a safe and supportive out-of-home care system for children and young people in New South Wales
A system in crisis: A call for transformation The out-of-home care system in New South Wales (NSW) should be a safe haven for children, young...
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“Powerful children who can control their worlds are happier, secure children,” Q&A with Billy Black
“Powerful children who can control their worlds are happier, secure children,” Q&A with Billy Black
This month, we are thrilled to welcome Billy Black to our team at the CETC as a Care Experience Resource and Training Specialist. Billy has...
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Asked but not heard: Another report calls for change in out-of-home care
Asked but not heard: Another report calls for change in out-of-home care
A new report released by the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Zoë Robinson, calls on the government to listen and respond to the...
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What Professor Cindy Blackstock can teach us about trusting children and ourselves
What Professor Cindy Blackstock can teach us about trusting children and ourselves
First Nations children's rights activist and 2022 International Childhood Trauma Conference speaker Cindy Blackstock recently said that adults need to trust children with the truth....
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How to develop your own self-care protocol
How to develop your own self-care protocol
When someone says ‘self-care’, what image comes to mind? What are the positive and negative aspects of this image? Do you have clear intentions for...
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Celebrating IDAHOBIT Day 2022 by sharing LGBTQIA+ youth experiences in care
Celebrating IDAHOBIT Day 2022 by sharing LGBTQIA+ youth experiences in care
Today is IDAHOBIT day! International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness for the work still needed...
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Pulse check survey
Pulse check survey
The ITC Pulse Check Survey and Outcome Report provides a point-in-time reflection on the experiences of the reform process by ITC agency staff. To this...
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Q&A with the trainer: Harmful sexual behaviour
Q&A with the trainer: Harmful sexual behaviour
Working with young people who engage in harmful sexual behaviour is complex and challenging. Cyra Fernandes and Dan Howell have spent over a 1000 hours in the past...
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Mandatory consent education, a win for all young people
Mandatory consent education, a win for all young people
Consent education will be mandatory in Australian schools from 2023, a win for Chanel Contos’ #teachusconsent movement and all young people who have called out a lack...
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Client mix and client matching in therapeutic care – Practice guide
Client mix and client matching in therapeutic care – Practice guide
Client mix and the process of client matching is one of the 10 Essential Elements underpinning the Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) system in New South...
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How to thrive in lock down, lean into what works in therapeutic care
How to thrive in lock down, lean into what works in therapeutic care
Lockdown means we lose touch with many things: friends, family, freedom. For young people, therapeutic youth workers and other staff in Intensive Therapeutic Care, however,...
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How can you support safe social media use in out-of-home care organisations?
How can you support safe social media use in out-of-home care organisations?
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, TikTok, WeChat, Instagram – as common as these social media platforms and many others are, most of us are still learning the...
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Q&A with Mohita Kapoor from CREATE Foundation
Q&A with Mohita Kapoor from CREATE Foundation
In September 2020 Mohita Kapoor, the NSW State Coordinator for the CREATE Foundation was invited to speak at our Therapeutic Specialist forum for those working...
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Q&A with Cate Keady from the Elver Program
Q&A with Cate Keady from the Elver Program
Since 2018, Cate Keady has worked within the Department of Communities and Justice to establish and manage the Intensive Support Services Elver Program - in...
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What works? Promising practices to support young people who self-harm
What works? Promising practices to support young people who self-harm
Why do young people in out of home care self-harm? What are the best predictors of suicide and self-harm? What really works when supporting young...
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What does voice and choice mean in Intensive Therapeutic Care?
What does voice and choice mean in Intensive Therapeutic Care?
Voice and choice can be an extremely difficult concept in Intensive Therapeutic Care to get right. We know participation is a right, not a privilege, and...
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Vanessa Farrell interview: Therapeutic opportunities in the time of COVID-19
Vanessa Farrell interview: Therapeutic opportunities in the time of COVID-19
In this video, we talk to Vanessa Farrell Therapeutic Care Manager at Anglicare. I had the opportunity to hear Vanessa speak at a recent Therapeutic...
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