About child focused practice.


Continuum Consulting Australia is a service involving a community of practitioners who have experience specifically within the child protection system.

Our backgrounds include work within Family and Community Services, non-government organisations, the Children’s Court Clinic, the Office of the Children’s Guardian and the New South Wales Ombudsman. Our experience together provides a diverse yet strong knowledge base within the field and a supportive work environment.

Each of our consultants are trained in social work or have multiple qualifications, including psychology, child and adolescent welfare, and counselling. Some consultants are current research academics and are able to provide consultation on upcoming projects in the field.

Our contact staff are trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice.

Continuum Consulting staff have a passion for child-focused practice, raising the standards in assessment and building relationships between children and their families.

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Danielle Draper


Danielle is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker; Court Clinician; Training Facilitator; and a lecturer at the University of Wollongong.

With a career that spans over two decades in the community Services sector Danielle has worked in many frontline and leadership roles across New South Wales in both city and regional/remote communities. In 2013 she founded her own company, Continuum Consulting Australia Pty Ltd and more recently has been engaged by University of Wollongong as lecturer and subject co-ordinator in social work.

Danielle is passionate about creating positive outcomes for children through leadership and the development of good practice. She established Continuum Consulting as a platform to create practice change in the areas of family visit facilitation and assessment work. Danielle also conducts training and coaching, and undertakes assessments for the Children’s Court Clinic for the company. More recently Danielle has developed therapeutic services at Continuum specialising in trauma focused CBT, EMDR, and Theraplay, all specifically tailored to support children with developmental trauma.

She leads a team of 40 staff across two Continuum Consulting offices, Wollongong and Penrith, and a satellite team located around New South Wales, including regional and remote areas.

Danielle has a Bachelor Social Science (Psychology); Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare, Master of Social Work, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Grad Cert Developmental Trauma and a Grad Cert in Executive Coaching and Leadership. She is qualified in TF-CBT, EMDR and Theraplay as focussed psychological strategies for working with children and families in a therapeutic framework.

Danielle is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, NSW Chamber of Business – Illawarra, The EMDR Institute and more recently has been a finalist in the Illawarra Business Awards for the ‘Excellence in Leadership’ Award.

Deborah Whittington


Deborah has a B. Arts (Psych) (UWS), Grad Dip. Educational Studies (Primary) (UWS) Grad Cert. Counselling (UNE) and a Cert IV Training and Assessment (TAFE). She has a strong background in both the child protection sector and leadership positions. Deborah is a trained practitioner in conducting reportable conduct investigations and well versed in policy and procedure in the Out-of-Home care sector.

Deborah manages the Continuum Consulting Australia Pty Ltd office in Penrith and leads the team in best practice service delivery. Since working with Continuum Consulting Australia Pty Ltd, she has recruited and developed an innovative team to respond to children’s needs an enhance relationships with families. Deborah also conducts comprehensive assessments for the organisation with a view to giving vulnerable children an opportunity for permanency in their placements.

Prior to working within the organisation, Deborah held management positions in the provision of Out of Home Care and had a five year career within FACS. She finished her time in FACS as a Senior Project Officer, running the Caseworker Development Program for new caseworkers. Learning and development is a passion of Deborah’s, she continues to provide internal and external training in child protection and specifically her areas of specialty, interviewing children in the forensic framework and parenting programs.

Kylie Froome


Kylie is a Social Worker; Training Facilitator; Family Group Conference Facilitator; Trauma Therapist; and tutor at the University of Wollongong.

She is a highly skilled and experienced leader who has worked as a Casework Specialist, Manager Casework, Manager Practice Support, and Director Practice Quality. Throughout her 20 years in the community services sector Kylie has developed extensive experience in implementing, monitoring and reviewing service interventions within a quality assurance and best practice standards framework.

Kylie is passionate about child safety, family preservation, and mindfulness-based social work. Driven by a desire to facilitate change and seek quality outcomes for children, young people, families, and staff, Kylie has become well practised in facilitating positive outcomes for families using a variety of methods including critical debriefing; coaching; complex staff discussions; mentoring; training; and supervision.  She applies a deep understanding of the impacts of complex trauma and vicarious trauma throughout her work.

Since joining Continuum Consulting, Kylie has taken on the roles of Assessor and ChildStory Training Facilitator. More recently, she has been involved in the development of Continuum’s therapeutic services in trauma focused CBT and EMDR and now practices as a psychotherapist from our Wollongong office. Kylie has been having success working with clients experiencing generalized anxiety and complex trauma and hopes to continue this practice broadening to families into the future.

Kylie has a Bachelor of Social Work, Certificate IV in Training and Education, and is trained in EMDR level 1 and TF-CBT.

Shannon Mullaney


Shannon is a Social Worker with her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wollongong, and has her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Shannon is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, and is working towards becoming an accredited Mental Health Social Worker.

Shannon’s upcoming plans for professional development include becoming trained in EMDR and Theraplay, and undergoing a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma. She has also completed her Step By Step training and is an accredited assessor, and has completed the AbSec Cultural Connections workshop.

Shannon has professional experience working closely with children and their families and carers while facilitating birth family contact, in addition to working with culturally and linguistically diverse young people to support social and emotional wellbeing. Shannon has worked in Nepal alongside non-government and peace organisations to assist underprivileged children’s educational programs.

Shannon is passionate about finding positive outcomes for children and families in the Out of Home Care system. She has a deep understanding of the impacts of complex developmental and intergenerational trauma as it relates to the continuum of the child protection system. She is passionate about mental health and advocating for people who are vulnerable and facilitating safety with the people she works with.

Elizabeth Homer


Elizabeth is a Social Worker with her a Masters of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) from Charles Sturt University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and completed a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma. Elizabeth is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, and is working towards becoming an accredited Mental Health Social Worker.

Elizabeth’s upcoming plans for professional development include completion of EMDR training, Theraplay foundational level training and, commencing training in biofeedback. She has recently completed the AbSec Cultural Connections workshop and has a passion for working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Elizabeth has professional experience working in many program areas, including facilitating family visits, youth support, out of home care assessments and, therapy. She has worked with children and families from a range of diverse backgrounds and is familiar with working with interpreters.