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Dr India Bryce and Dr Simone Collier have been the award recipients for the Professional (Non-Government) Award category in this years QLD child protection awards.

With more than three decades of child protection and advocacy work between them, Dr Simone Collier and Dr India Bryce have worked tirelessly to raise awareness, build capacity, and empower practitioners, leaders, and survivors to interrupt the cycle of cumulative harm and protect children from chronic maltreatment.

Simone and India have built on their extensive front-line experience of tackling cumulative adversity in children and families to develop a suite of tools and resources which build awareness and equip professionals with the skills to identify and address cumulative harm.

Simone and India have successfully implemented a Cumulative Harm Aware Approach, and a Cumulative Experiences Index (CEI) which provides an innovative, and evidence-based means of identifying the interconnectedness and complexity of exposure to different forms of adversity that accumulate over time, including intergenerational trauma. The CEI is a vital information gathering tool created to promote family preservation and reunification.

Between 2022 and 2023, the CEI has been used in practice by Act for Kids’ Goonawoona Jungai service for First Nations People of the Doomadgee Community. The program offers assessment and support for vulnerable families, in kinship, foster care for the Department of Child Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, as well as in schools and education institutions.

Referee comment by Kieran Smith, Director – Service Partnership & Growth, Act for Kids.

Unique Minds Consultancy (UMC)’s CEI program is ‘cutting edge’ in terms of child well-being and approach. It has opened up new thinking on the cumulative effect of harm on children and allows practitioners to make better quality decisions regarding this harm and therefore increases the safety of children.
India and Simone recognized that I am of Badtjala heritage so they approached me asking if I could provide a cultural perspective during the development and evaluation of their Cumulative Experiences Index (CEI).
I am very passionate about the work I do at Act for Kids and our strong focus on redressing the over-representation of Aboriginal children in the child protection system. That’s why working closely with Traditional Owners and Cultural Authorities connects Child and Family services with our culture.


Professional (Non-Government) Award Names of nominees: Dr India Bryce, Dr Simone Collier Organisation/positions held: Co-Directors at Unique Minds Consultancy