As a leading child welfare and care services provider in our communities, we work hard every day to provide a better future for the children and youth in our care. We are dedicated to our work because we believe that every child and family deserves the chance to live a full and functioning life.
CASPA employs over 400 staff in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory with offices located in Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Casino, Darwin and Mt Tambourine.
We utilise a range of evidence-based therapeutic practices to assist those in our care, including Dr Bruce Perry’s Six Core Strengths For Healthy Childhood Development.
These core strengths are just as applicable to us as guiding principles in our workplace. Our teams value the inclusive, respectful, collaborative and supportive culture at CASPA.
Be a friend
CASPA Services Ltd. is a non-denominational entity which was formed in January 2017. It is an independently run Charity operating under a Board of skilled directors with the purpose of supporting vulnerable children, families and communities.
In its work CASPA actively advocates for child-safe practices and reporting, and wholeheartedly supports the findings of the Royal Commission.
Our organisation’s expertise is available to anyone affected by institutional abuse and we are willing and able to provide support and counselling services to help an individual’s recovery.
CASPA Board and staff are passionate about providing support and protection to those most vulnerable in our communities. We are committed to conducting our work with compassion, transparency and evidence-based understanding.
CASPA has its headquarters on the site previously occupied by the North Coast Children’s Home. When the Children’s Home ceased and CASPA began operating on the site, the staff at that time realised the need for a complete name change so they consulted some real experts... the children who were in care at that time.
After some thoughtful consideration from those children, Casper The Friendly Ghost was raised as a well-known story about a child living in limbo. The name resonated with the kids and staff because Casper, the ghost, is a child who needs a friend but is mostly invisible to the world.
And so with a slight spelling modification, it was settled. CASPA is proud of the inclusive way the name came about and how it embodies the work that we continue to do.
CASPA's Board of Directors are volunteers with backgrounds in Law, Finance, Early Childhood Education, Events Management, Out-of-Home Care and Real Estate.
Nicolas Harrison B.A., LL.B., FAICD, FGIA. FAMI.
Chairman & Director
Appointed August 2018
Nicolas Harrison is a Barrister-at-law, and a Company director with special interests in the not-for-profit and charity sectors. He has a longstanding commitment to community service, having served on and chaired numerous community based Boards and committees over 40 years.
He has been a director with Summerland Credit Union since 2002 and was Chairman from 2008 to 2018. He currently chairs their Governance Committee.
Previously he has been a Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University, Councillor of the NSW Law Society, and a RAAF Reserve Legal Officer.
His passions are corporate governance, especially ethical behaviour, and the art of communication.
CEO and Company Secretary
Appointed July 2018
Having joined CASPA in 2012, Naarah has over 14 years of professional experience in the sector together with her lived experiences of growing up in a Carer household. Naarah was inspired to introduce innovative and evidence informed models of care and support services.
Naarah has been instrumental in building CASPA’s service offerings by introducing a therapeutic foster care program, family support programs and a dedicated vision to diversify the organisation beyond Out of Home Care (OoHC) and into early intervention services. This has led to CASPA to becoming a leader in Therapeutic residential care and highly regarded for Foster Carer, Family Preservation and Early Intervention work. Most recently Naarah has led a strategy around a diversification of service provision to venture into the unfunded work of grass roots early intervention child protection based service by establishing an exciting Social Enterprise Business called Hammers4Hope – a maintenance and building business with proceeds being invested in vital supports and services for vulnerable families. Naarah has also taken the lead on behalf of the Board, in expanding CASPA’s services into the Northern Territory with the expansion of Therapeutic Residential Care across the top end. For those in the sector who know Naarah, there is one word that seems to follow her around, and that is “Passion”. She has unending motivation to see better outcomes being afforded to those people most vulnerable in the community, especially seeking to elevate the voices of children.
Natalie Woodhead-Tiernan CPA, MAICD
Treasurer & Director
Appointed July 2019
Natalie is a Certified practicing Accountant and has worked in Local Government for over 11 years.
Over the past 15 years, Natalie has gained a broad range of experience in grants administration, taxation, asset management and financial services.
Patrick Higgins MAICD
Appointed December 2016
Patrick is the Director of North Coast Property Marketing Pty Ltd and the Licensee of Higgins Real Estate Lismore. Patrick brings an extensive background in Brokering and Financial Planning and experience in the local property market to assist the Board in decisions involving property purchases and leasing of residential and commercial property for CASPA. Patrick has proud history of volunteering for many charities across the region Currently holding rank of Senior Deputy with the NSW Rural Fire Service for over twenty years; Captain and President of the Alstonville Brigade.
Catherine Bashforth MAICD
Appointed February 2018
Catherine saw an opportunity to contribute to her local community by joining the Board of CASPA in 2018. Catherine has had several key roles in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Such as arts organisations, professional services firms and financial services. Her reputation and skills in sponsorship and fundraising, financial management, asset management, communications, marketing and community engagement is a fantastic match to the view and aspirations of CASPA.
Peter Frendin JP, RN, RM, BHlthSc (Nurs), MHlthServMgt, GAICD
Appointed December 2020
Having qualifications in Nursing and midwifery Peter holds post graduate qualifications in remote emergency care, Health Services Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is currently a Consumer and Community Advisor with the Cancer Institute of NSW and a member of the Aboriginal Health Council for Western NSW PHN and also a Surveyor with the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) international evaluation & accreditation program.
Peter has worked as a remote area nurse in SA and WA, managed hospitals, regional and rural health services in NSW, WA and the NT and lived and worked in Dubai and India as a health management consultant. More recently he headed remote health services for the NT Department of Health in Central Australia and subsequently oversaw NT’s Prison health services.
In his current role Peter heads the National Development team for the AGPAL group of companies, Australia’s most comprehensive quality and accreditation agency in the health and human services sector.
Peter is a JP in the state of NSW and is a volunteer with Marine Rescue.
Ross Morgan MAICD, FGIA, CPA, FIML
Appointed December 2020
Ross is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Board Committee Member in the social services, health, disability, aged care, legal, tourism, education and charity sectors. His Executive career has included time as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager. Ross is an experienced Coach and Mentor. He is passionate about helping others and assisting regional communities.
Rebecca Bell Adj Associate Professor, B Occ Thy, Executive MBA, Grad App Fin, GAICD
Appointed December 2020
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At CASPA the asset we value most is our teams of dedicated professionals. We are a sector employer-of-choice because we provide all our staff with role-specific training and development, the missing pieces that build a person's ongoing professional development.