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- Friday, 29th March 2019 -

All eNews subscribers are reminded that registrations for the National Child Protection Conference being co-hosted by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) are now open. This important conference forms part of Queensland’s BIG WEEK that will consist of not one, not two, but three big events:

  • National Child Protection Conference (24 & 25 June 2019)
  • Advocacy Masterclass led by Professor Cindy Blackstock (26 June 2019), and
  • QATSICPP Members’ Conference (27 & 28 June 2019).


Click here to read more information about the conference or here to watch our short promotional video.

Click here to register if you are an individual or organisational member of a national, State or Territory child protection peak body or work for a non-government organisation in a State or Territory that does not have a child protection peak body.

Click here to register if you are a non-member.

Click here to register at a discounted rate if you are a foster or kinship carer or a student enrolled in a field of study relevant to child protection 

If you wish to also attend either the second or third of the BIG WEEK events- the Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass and/or the QATSICPP Members’ Conference, click here.

The conviction and sentencing of George Pell

Have you read and considered PeakCare’s blog about the conviction and sentencing of George Pell? If ‘No’, click here. Have you read the comments entered in response to this blog? If ‘No’, click here. Have you entered in your own comments, anonymously if you prefer, in response to either the blog or the comments that have already been entered?  If ‘No’, click here.

Parliamentary committee delivers final report on entrenched disadvantage

The Federal House of Representatives Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence has released its final report. The report identifies groups at higher risk of experiencing entrenched disadvantage, and the factors that contribute to families receiving welfare support. The report made 16 recommendations to government, including prioritising place based initiatives; supporting comprehensive service delivery especially in cases where barriers to education and employment are complex; and changing the point at which single parents move to Newstart Allowance from when their youngest child turns eight to when their youngest child turns twelve. The report recommends several steps leading to effective welfare programs: long-term flexible funding; improved data and evaluation; coordinated funding; building community capacity; and strategic government leadership. The report also showed evidence that many government initiatives based on 'conditionality' and 'mutual obligations' have little to no evidence of success. Read the report.

What's on in Queensland Youth Week 2019

Celebrate the positive contributions of young Queenslanders aged 12-25 years in making Queensland a better place to live by participating in Queensland Youth Week Wednesday, 3rd to Monday, 15th April. To see what's on near you or to register your own event, visit the Queensland Government website. Among the events on will be a slam poetry workshop on Saturday, 6th April, and Thursday, 4th April will see the free Clarence Street Youth Music Event, as well as other live music events including Beats on Boats. The Museum of Brisbane will deliver silk screen printing workshops on Monday, 8th April, and the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens will host a sure-to-be-interesting practical workshop on bush foods and useful plants on Tuesday, 9th April with a stroll through native bushland.

Youth worker input required

Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ) is requesting the input of youth workers and managers on the value of establishing an online Policy Development Process to inform proactive policy positions. The online survey has been purposely kept short, but respondents are encouraged to include as much relevant information as possible and provide feedback within the survey to raise any issues not covered. Findings from the survey will be used to develop a draft strategy for further feedback by the youth sector.

Technology grant available for non-profits

The Institute of Technology for Australia and New Zealand Limited (TITAN) is accepting applications for their Website Build and Match Fund Grant, which gives not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to apply for a free website build. Providing website builds to a minimum of 100 not-for-profits in Australia and New Zealand, TITAN’s Website Grant allows not-for-profits to offset the build costs upfront over the first 12 months to get websites up and running as smoothly as possible. Find out more and apply


New QCPW grant available

Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) has launched the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Grant for not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland. Applications are invited for one-off grant payments of $5,000 in response to the selection criteria. This is a new grant in addition to the existing Regional and Activity grants. The selection criteria specify that the event must reflect the principles and theme of QCPW and raise awareness of issues of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Funding submissions must also reflect collaboration with other agencies across multiple regional locations (minimum 5 organisations required) and the lead organisation applying for the grant should be community controlled. Applications close 17th May. Find out more and apply.

Do you need more information around child protection and NDIS?

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (CSYW), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and PeakCare are seeking feedback about whether child protection and family support providers would like us to arrange further information sessions and discussions about child safety and the NDIS. Previous workshops and information sessions held in 2018 were well received and now that all regions have transitioned or are in the process of transitioning to NDIS, we wondered whether a refresher session or other sessions focussed on particular topics of interest would be useful? 

Please get in touch and let us know of any emerging issues which might benefit from a workshop or any topics or aspects about NDIS you would like to hear more about. Contact Emma Tovell, CSYW; Lenny Dahlen, QATSICPP or Stephanie Fielder, PeakCare.

Workforce Futures Strategy - information required from NGOs

The Workforce Futures Strategy (2019-2022) project is a strategic workforce initiative being undertaken by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to align service delivery expectations of the community to the sector’s workforce planning and development agenda. As part of the project the QFCC is undertaking work to produce a workforce profile and develop workforce futures scenarios which consider a range of variables such as external and internal workforce impacts, labour market conditions, critical knowledge and skills, key occupational groups and more. The QFCC would appreciate non-government organisations providing details (non-identifying) about their organisation including: total number of staff; total number of staff who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; gender; job roles/titles; qualifications; time in service. This information can be provided to Neville Shoesmith, Principal Advisor Strategic Workforce Leadership QFCC, via email, phone (07) 3900 6044, or in writing to PO Box 15217 Brisbane City East QLD 4002.


Platform 1225 Forum 2019 - Social inclusion and human rights for young people

The rights of all Queenslanders are now enshrined in legislation after the Human Rights Bill 2018 was passed in Queensland Parliament. How does this impact young people in terms of accessing accommodation, housing and support? This will be a key area of discussion at the upcoming PLATFORM 1225 Forum 2019 on Friday, 5th April presented by the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition with the keynote speaker Aimee McVeigh discussing “When our rights come home – what a Human Rights Act means for Queensland." If we believe in a socially inclusive and fair society, we need to find ways of ensuring that all are included. Come along to hear the experiences and perspectives of a panel of young people and renowned guest speakers including Aimee McVeigh, Cameron Parsell, Nikki Chenoweth and many more! For more details and to purchase your ticket, visit the website or contact Caitlin King.

REMINDER - Abstract submissions and sponsorship opportunities now open!

Abstract submissions are now open for the National Child Protection Conference being co-hosted by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAAA) in Brisbane Monday, 24th to Tuesday, 25th June. Visit the website to submit an abstract and your suggestions for the Conference Program by no later than COB Monday, 29th April.

Encourage your organisation to join Child WiseChurches of Christ CareFoundations CareLife Without BarriersThe Benevolent Society, and YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service in becoming a sponsor of this exciting event. Visit the website for the details about how your organisation can become a sponsor.

A quest for compassion and human rights for children and young people - a perspective of 50 years

Throughout a career that spans almost 50 years’ commitment to young people and those who support them, Fr Wally Dethlefs has an insurmountable amount of wisdom to impart. Five decades of listening to children and young people, engaging in research, developing programs and focusing on practice improvement and observations has meant that for many working in the child, youth and family support sector Wally Dethlefs is, or has previously been, a key mentor. Read more.

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.

Parent morning tea
Brisbane - Monday, 1st April
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

The Family Inclusion Network is holding free small forums to meet with parents who have experienced the Queensland child protection system, and hear their thoughts. Lunch and afternoon tea will provided and transport is available if required. To RSVP, call 07 3013 6030, email or RSVP via Facebook. All conversation during the forum will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending. 

Platform 1225 Forum 2019: Social inclusion and human rights for young people
Brisbane - Friday, 5th April
Presented by Queensland Youth Housing Coalition

The rights of all Queenslanders are now enshrined in legislation after the Human Rights Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament recently. How does this impact young people in terms of accessing accommodation, housing and support? This will be a key area of discussion at the upcoming PLATFORM 1225 Forum 2019 with keynote speaker Aimee McVeigh presenting on: “When our rights come home – what a Human Rights Act means for Queensland”. If we believe in a socially inclusive and fair society, we need to find ways of ensuring that all are included.  PLATFORM 1225 is an initiative of Queensland Youth Housing Coalition.  Join us in unpacking this complex issue with the aim to ensure social inclusion for all young people. Come along to hear the experiences and perspectives of a panel of young people and renowned guest speakers including Aimee McVeigh, Cameron Parsell, Nikki Chenoweth and many more! Register online now, or for more information contact Caitlin King via email or 0448 073 463.

Effective Supervision for Supervisors - being the best you can be!
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Supervisors in the area of child, youth and family welfare commonly learn how to supervise solely through ‘on the job’ experience. Their main source of knowledge may be their own experiences of being supervised. This interactive one-day workshop helps supervisors in child and family welfare and youth services to understand supervision as a specific area of practice and to develop their practice skills in this area. Participants consider contemporary thinking and knowledge around supervision frameworks and models and are supported to use this in developing their supervision practice approach. Find out more and register

Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May
Presented by
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

This two-day workshop will help participants understand how psycho-education, and motivational speaking, are useful with particular client groups. The workshop will examine theoretical ideas and explore practical applications of approaches to psychology such as emotional regulation, art therapy, mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and more. All sections will be framed by appropriate discussions and exercises. The workshop will be delivered by Ruth Crowley Brown. Find out more and register.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Parentshop

This essential one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers helps to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course teaches a method to: identify and clearly articulate the strengths and deficits in parents’ caring capacity so that parents have a clear future work plan; comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation so that as many facts (as can be reasonably gathered) can be brought to bear in conversations with parents; defuse antagonism during a tough conversation while holding a firm line; and identify the important ‘dashboard’ markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected within a given timeframe. Find out more and register.

Picture This 
Brisbane - Friday, 28th June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This workshop will open up the enormous possibilities and potential of the Genogram, a typically underutilised tool, as a process for both assessment, and intervention. Family diagrams (or Genograms) provide a picture of who a person is, where they come from, who matters in their life, and how they belong in the world; as well as providing a framework for understanding present stressors, past struggles and strengths and resources. A Genogram interview is a powerful assessment tool giving you more detailed understanding of case presentations and how to plan targeted interventions. This workshop will equip participants with an understanding of what genograms are and how they can assist in assessment, treatment planning, and potentially used as a therapeutic intervention in themselves. Find out more and register.

KENG Afternoon Tea fundraiser
Logan - Saturday, 30th March

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) is a community based not for profit association serving the needs of the local community in Logan City. Among the services KENG offers are childcare, family support, elder support, Immediate Supported Accommodation, Family Hub and Communities for Children. An Afternoon Tea fundraiser will be held in Slacks Creek to support the valuable work of KENG in the community. Tickets cost $40 including nibbles, drinks and lucky door prize. RSVP on 3808 1684 or

What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Brisbane - Monday, 1st April

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout April. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed from 3pm at 120 Chalk St, Lutwyche. There are also a series of upcoming drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS. Find out more and register.

Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Toowoomba - Tuesday, 2nd April

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland until July. These free workshops will help organisations and businesses to understand how the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Grants (ILC) can help them become more inclusive of people with disability. Register now for the Toowoomba session, register for the upcoming Caboolture session on Thursday, 4th April or find out more about other locations. 


Working effectively with cultural diversity
Brisbane - Wednesday, 3rd April

Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) will deliver this full-day workshop highlighting ready-to-apply strategies and skills to help achieve better multicultural engagement. Learn how to be more aware of cultural differences to better deliver services to and when working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. In 2019, Australia is a culturally and linguistically diverse country – according to Census data from 2016, nearly one half of all Australians were born overseas or one or both parents were born overseas. Find out more and register.

Legal Aid Queensland: how our services can help your clients
Webinar - Thursday, 4th April

Legal Aid Queensland will deliver this free information webinar for community workers covering: a brief overview of Legal Aid Queensland’s existing and new services;  the types of legal problems we can help people with; who is eligible for legal aid; how to refer people to us for legal help; and more. Find out more and register.

5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 13th to Wednesday, 15th May

This annual conference by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family. Find out more and register.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Mackay - Wednesday, 15th to Thursday, 16th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. The Forum aims to share knowledge and highlight new approaches on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence. By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence. Find out more and register.

Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. The participation of young people will be a key feature of the Conference.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents. To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system. Find out more and register.

International Conference on Youth Mental Health
Brisbane - Saturday, 26th to Monday, 28th October

This conference by the International Association for Youth Mental Health at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre aims to improve mental health service responses for young people, and features presentations for professionals, researchers, service providers, and policy makers, as well as young people and their parents. In recent years, many countries have acknowledged the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12–25 years. Young people will play a core role in sharing their skills, voices and experiences in the conference,  and will be involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. Find out more and register to attend.


Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Senior Practice Officer, National Redress Scheme - Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is inviting applications for 2 x AO6 positions as Senior Practice Officers to work in a team with an AO8 Principal Practice Officer to develop OPG policies and processes, and to undertake activities related the OPG’s organisational response to the Scheme. Find out more and apply. Applications close Tuesday, 2nd AprilApplicants are advised that the work of the OPG may expose employees to material that is confronting and disturbing relating to child sexual abuse, institutional abuse or significant trauma. Applicants should consider their personal resilience and coping strategies to sustain working in confronting and challenging circumstances.

DV Specialist Worker (Courts), BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking 2 x DV Specialist Worker (Court) positions for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS). These positions work to ensure that people affected by domestic and family violence are safe and supported, and collaborate with Queensland Police officers and other stakeholders to assist with the safety, emotional, legal, and practical needs of people affected by domestic violence. Both positions are classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4, with one position offering a minimum of 30.4 hours per week, and the other position offers a minimum of 15.2 hours work per week. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 10th April.

DV Specialist Worker (casual - rostered), BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking 2 x DV Specialist Worker (casual - rostered) for the Brisbane Domestic VIolence Service (BDVS). This position is an after-hours crisis response to domestic violence. The DV Specialist Worker is responsible for providing a crisis response to individuals who have been referred to Safer Lives as victims of domestic violence primarily by DV Connect and Queensland Police. This is position is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 12th April. 

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