State’s peak child protection role appointment

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Amber Fabry appointed as first Chief Practitioner within the Department of Communities’ Specialist Child Protection Unit.
Portrait of Amber Fabry.

Minister for Child Protection, Simone McGurk, today announced the appointment of Ms Amber Fabry as the first Chief Practitioner within the Department of Communities’ Specialist Child Protection Unit.

The Chief Practitioner role has been established as the most senior child protection position within WA and the role oversees the functions of the Specialist Child Protection Unit.

In a career spanning 25 years, Ms Fabry has been an advocate for the promotion of the primary role of parents, families, and communities in protecting their children. Over the past decade, Ms Fabry has held senior leadership roles across the Kimberley, Goldfields, South-West and now metropolitan Perth.

Department of Communities Director General, Mike Rowe, congratulated Ms Fabry on her appointment and recognised her commitment to child safety and promoting the primary role of parents, families, and communities in protecting their children.

“Amber is an outstanding person and professional. She has given so much to child protection practice over the years. In her new role of Chief Practitioner, she will have further scope and influence to drive meaningful and long-term change for vulnerable young people and those who work so hard to support them,” Mr Rowe said.

“The Department of Communities is supporting great work in the child protection space. We have a very clear picture about where we want to head as an agency and Amber’s passion and capability will play a significant role in supporting those aims.”

The milestone appointment and new role will be responsible for stewarding the child protection system and driving improved outcomes for the state’s most vulnerable. children and families. Amber will lead the Specialist Child Protection Unit, which incorporates policy and practice experts as well as a team that reviews child deaths.

Page reviewed 13 September 2022