About Child Focused Solutions

Who we are:

We are professionals who have been working in child protection, Out of Home Care (OOHC), training and early childhood education for many years. Together, we hold over 50 years of experience working with children, young people and families across a range of statutory and non-government services within Australia and the United Kingdom.

We identified a lack of quality training available in the ACT and surrounds to meet the needs of those working or caring for children and for organisations wishing to strengthen their workplace practices.  Our business, Child Focused Solutions, was established in 2015 to address this identified training gap. We provide workshops and customised training to parents, carers, professionals and organisations that support children and families. We bring our diverse and established expertise into the training room and look forward to sharing our knowledge with you.

Child Focused Solutions is unique as we provide training that is:

  • flexible to meet the needs of busy people and organisations
  • offered after hours and on weekends as well as during business hours
  • delivered at your workplace, making it easier for staff to attend.

Please contact us on 02 6140 5399 to discuss your specific training needs. We bring all the training materials required, including relevant resources and handouts, to facilitate your learning.

Meet the Team

Sarah Collett

Sarah is a Senior Social Worker with significant expertise in the fields of child protection, Out of Home Care (OOHC), adoption and training and assessment. Since 2000, Sarah has worked in statutory child protection services in NSW, the ACT and the United Kingdom. She is a Contracted Adoption Assessor and Registered Counsellor within NSW. Sarah is also a NSW Children’s Court Clinician responsible for conducting independent assessments of the needs of children, young people and families involved in the NSW statutory child protection system. Sarah has a passion for training and has enjoyed delivering Positive Futures Caring Together (nationally accredited ACT Foster Care training) and permanent care training for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS). Sarah is thrilled to be a Director of Child Focused Solutions and is excited about providing information and education to parents, carers, professionals and organisations in the ACT and surrounds. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and a Masters of Development Studies (with Merit).

Naomi Merritt

Naomi holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), Units of Competency in Work effectively in trauma informed care and Identify and respond to children and young people at risk, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and an Associate Diploma of Childcare. She is also a Registered Circle of Security Parenting DVD facilitator.

Naomi works in Community Education, focusing on designing and delivering training on child abuse and neglect, brain development and trauma, and Positive Futures Caring Together (nationally accredited ACT Foster Care Training) across the community sector. Naomi has worked with children, young people, families and professionals since 1988 in Australia and United Kingdom in a range of roles including early childhood education family day care management, child protection early intervention, training and assessment, and Out of Home Care. Naomi has written and delivered training on recognising and responding to child abuse and neglect, guiding children’s behaviour, trauma informed care, and nationally accredited training including Certificate III in Children’s Services and Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention.  Naomi has experience in policy consultation and development.

CHILD-CENTERED training is our business

Why Choose Us?

  • Industry Expertise
  • Qualified Professionals
  • Training & Assessment Certified
  • Team with Diverse Skillsets
  • Trauma Informed Specialists