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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-Inforned 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 has a B. Social Science (Psychology) (UNSW), M. Child and adolescent Welfare (CSU), M. Social Work (CSU), Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAFE) and a Grad Cert Developmental Trauma (Australian Childhood Foundation) which informs her practice as both a Social Worker and Director of Continuum Consulting Australia Pty Ltd.

She leads the team of 60 staff made up of permanent, casual and contract staff across both Continuum Consulting Australia Pty Ltd offices, Wollongong and Penrith and a satellite team located around New South Wales, including regional and remote areas. Danielle conducts training and coaching and also undertakes assessments for the organisation and the Children’s Court Clinic.

Prior to starting the organisation in January 2013, Danielle spent close to 15 years in the Department of Family and Community Services in roles including; Caseworker, Casework Specialist, Manager Casework, Project Officer for Learning and Development Branch and Manager Client Services across 23 offices in New South Wales.

Danielle is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers 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.