Sightlines is the Professional Services division of DVSM, established in 2015 and works in an internal and external facing capacity providing support to DVSM services and provides capacity building services to external clients and stakeholders. Sightlines works in a way that involves actively listening to people and communities with lived experience of DFV and draws on practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice to improve services.

The Sightlines Team includes a Participation and Engagement Advisor, a Design, Evidence and Translation Manager and a team of Sightlines Associates who lead and/or advise on projects that relate to practice priorities and community needs.

The Sightlines Associates bring together experience, expertise and community voice in ways that may not ordinarily intersect. The shared learning approach used by the Associates relies on the discomfort of ‘not knowing’ and ‘not holding’ the answers alone – it is a model that invites and
explores difference, fosters enquiry and openness to identify and create clear pathways to outcomes.

Associates projects focus on our practice enabling us to; learn and improve what we do now; identify what we need to do next; and helps us recognise where we can contribute to systemic improvements.

What is our role?

Every layer of the system has a role to play in preventing, reducing and responding to violence. We are exploring where we can directly and indirectly contribute to this change.

How can we contribute to change?

Sightlines works to listen to and design with individuals and communities and to listen to and build capacity in the services/people who work with them. Our work can contribute as a catalyst for change.

How do we work?

We have started to use a framework across our projects which offers a staged developmental approach.
The stages are cyclical in order to continuously improve, and applied within an action learning approach.

For more information please refer to the Sightlines Portfolio and Projects Portfolio.

James McDougall

Sightlines Associate

James is a Consultant who works in policy development; management and governance; and building community partnerships.

James is also one of Australia’s leading child rights advocates. He has held senior policy development and advocacy roles in Australia and has worked in Australia, China and the Asia Pacific. He was the Director of the National Children's & Youth Law Centre from 2005 to 2010 and launched the Australian Child Rights Taskforce.

In 2011 to 2012 he was Director of Advocacy at Save the Children Australia. Recently his consultancy work has focused on policy development in child protection, youth justice and sharing information and insights between different professional and social policy sectors. This has included developing effective messaging frameworks in and across sectors.

Recent projects have been:
• Developing frameworks for information sharing that addresses child safety and family violence (Commission for Children & Young People Victoria);
• Reframing refugee and asylum seeker issues in the context of Australia’s history as one of the most successful multicultural nations in the world (Refugee Council);
• Building policy and leadership contributions for Aboriginal-controlled communities in child care, child protection and addressing family violence (SNAICC); and
• Connecting youth engagement with government policy development (Office for Youth – Victoria; Western Sydney University).

Morag MacSween

Sightlines Associate

Morag is an experienced executive with senior management experience in Government, the NGO sector and public service oversight, in Australia & the UK. Morag now works as a consultant and independent practitioner, offering change management and leadership development project design and management, writing and editing and individual and group clinical supervision and brain-based coaching.

Morag was most recently Director Community Services for NSW Family & Community Services, leading child protection and out-of-home-care. Her other roles for Government have included program review, performance reporting, child death and critical incident review, culture change and professional development and quality assurance program design and implementation.

In the UK Morag led research, culture change and diversity projects for the Audit Commission for England and Wales. With Richmond Fellowship, she led mental health and housing services across North West England. Morag has a sustained commitment to social justice for women. She has a 20 year history with Rape Crisis, and has established and led services for young women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and for women working as prostitutes.

Basim AlAnsari

Sightlines Associate

Basim has broad, diverse and multidisciplinary experience with formal training and education taking him from Management, Science, History and Philosophy of Science to Bioethics, Medicine, International Public Health and Health Policy. He is currently pursuing the final stages of his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Medicine at the University of Sydney, working as an embedded researcher with a specialist multidisciplinary non-governmental health organisation providing services to children with developmental delay in rural and remote Australia. Basim has also been directly involved in inventing a new device with a full international patent acquired accompanied with numerous awards and grants as part of applied medical research with the University of Sydney and in collaboration with a number of partner organisations and consultancies.

Basim has an established track record internationally having undergone applied research and consultancy in Iraq and the UK, and is multilingual with fluency in English, Arabic, Persian and Dari. These capacities are further enhanced by his ability to communicate and engage with people effectively in various environments and live amongst variety of cultures both peacefully and actively.

Basim has a strong commitment to community and has held a range of leadership positions and responsibilities. He co-founded a non-for profit organisation called ‘The Youth Centre’ with the stated aim to assist disadvantaged youth from low socio-economic regions in NSW. He has been instrumental in championing this cause at the local, state and federal level and has presented findings from his research and volunteering work to Prime Ministers and other federal and state parliamentarians.

Nicole Endacott

Sightlines Associate

Nicole works with groups that are seeking to make progress on seemingly intractable social problems. She has worked in a range of focus areas, including locational disadvantage, domestic and family violence, the criminal justice system, and with young people from tough backgrounds.

Her work brings together people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to strengthen their collective ability to create positive, sustainable social change. By facilitating generative conversations, Nicole helps groups to enhance their understanding of what’s going on, and develop purposeful action for greater social impact and system change.

Nicole has 15 years’ experience working in the area of social change, particularly in designing and facilitating leadership programs and social change projects; supporting social entrepreneurs and groups seeking to lead change in their communities; creating and holding space for conversation and action across difference; thinking and working systemically; and network and organisation building. Throughout her career, she has been committed to ensuring the inclusion of people who bring wisdom from lived experience.

In 2002, following an extensive feasibility study and securing seed-funding, Nicole established Activate Australia, a registered charity that works with young people from tough backgrounds. Focusing on personal and community leadership, Activate supports young people to design and deliver change projects in their communities.

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