Lauren Dunlop


Lauren Dunlop

Child and Family Services Practice Manager


Lauren is an Aboriginal woman who identifies with the Wailwan and Wiradjuri peoples of NSW, with significant experience in the child and young person educational system as a Principal through to a Classroom Teacher level. With her 19 years’ experience in Public Education, Lauren was highly regarded for her ability to drive educational change to improve the outcomes for all students with a focus on Aboriginal Education and Child Protection.

Lauren has extensive experience in analysing projects and programs through the collection of data, researching educational pedagogies and implementation and evaluative practices. Lauren has transferred her skills to the community and child safety sector and works as a Senior Aboriginal Consultant and Manager leading projects that support healing and connection for Aboriginal peoples through a trauma informed lens. Lauren is well regarded for her ability to communicate with diverse peoples with a focus on connection to culture and community through her culturally sensitive approaches. Lauren is well known for her extensive family history research and connecting with children, young people and families to support positive outcomes with a high- level attention to detail.




Lauren possesses a vast range of leadership skills and has a high level of knowledge of Department of Education and Communities policies and procedures. Through goal setting and targeted strategic planning, the outcomes for students demonstrate an improvement. She is an enthusiastic and approachable team member and leader who demonstrates initiative and brings maturity to any role. Since beginning her career as a Targeted Graduate, Lauren has had experience as a Classroom Teacher, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and Relieving Principal.

Lauren now manages the Child and Family Services team at Curijo. Lauren also possesses exceptional interpersonal skills which allows her to create an harmonious working environment with all key stakeholders. Lauren has also undertaken further studies and is currently studying a Bachelor of Communication and working in the field. She is known for her exceptional level of attention to detail and her high-level culturally safe communication. Lauren has coordinated large Government projects in a timely and professional manner with key parties including remote Aboriginal communities. This included the coordination of consultancy meetings, field visits, collection of qualitive and quantitative data and information, regular and detailed reports and overall general high-level communication.

Skills & Expertise


  • Bachelor of Communications – University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Teaching – University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Teaching – University of Western Sydney (Honours Transition)
  • Certificate IV in Centre Based Care
  • Traditional Indigenous Games Instructor
  • St John’s First Aid
  • AIATSIS Family History Research and Tracing
  • Step by Step Training (Foster Care Assessor)
  • Accredited Family Group Conference Facilitator
Security Clearances


  • Working with Children Check – NSW
  • Working with Vulnerable People – ACT