Andrew McCausland

Andrew McCausland

Team Leader, Education and Youth Transitions Programs, Berry Street Western Region

Andrew commenced his working life as a secondary school teacher with the Victorian Education Department, demonstrating an early commitment to assisting disadvantaged children to reach their potential.

His learning journey has included degrees in Education (B.Ed) and Fine Art (B.Art Painting Hons), developing an understanding of the role of creativity in broader holistic definitions of learning and education.

While studying art at RMIT and exhibiting for a decade, he worked for the Salvation Army Crossroads Network establishing education programs for children and young people facing multiple complex barriers, developed community art projects, and was a founding committee member of Grey Area Artist run exhibition space. He also worked at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, designing innovative programs to engage young people with complex needs to develop Educational and Vocational pathway plans. In 2011 he delivered a Victorian Government Access and Equity pilot program at Federation University Ballarat. The program aimed to improve tertiary level education participation for children in out of home care, post out of home care and kinship care.

Andrew has worked for Berry Street since August 2012, and has incorporated into his practice current Brain Based theories about the impact of trauma on the learning and life trajectories of children and young people who have experienced trauma, attachment disruption and neglect.

In his time at Berry Street, he has worked as a Senior Case Manager and Team Leader of Home Based Care and Education and Early Intervention Programs, and training, assessing and supporting Foster Carers.

He has also developed a pilot project that seeks to build capacity for Foster Carers to deliver informal learning in home based care placements- the “Raising the Bar” Project. He presented this model at the 2014 ACWA national conference, and developed a training manual for case workers and foster carers.

He continues to develop and deliver training to Foster Carers state-wide in collaboration with the Foster Care Association of Victoria and the Berry Street Childhood Institute.

Currently he is the Project Manager for the Department of Education and Training Navigator Pilot program in the Central Highlands, with Berry Street as the lead agency, developing a Trauma Informed case management model for disengaged children to link back into education.

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.