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- Monday, 20th January 2020 -

Over recent weeks, there has been a proliferation of seemingly unrelated media reports concerning the use of substances by Australian adults, young people and children, some legal and some illegal.

Read PeakCare’s commentary about these media reports and give further thought as to whether or not you believe the issues presented are unrelated.

Perhaps you can contemplate it as you pop a panadol to ward off the possibility of an incoming headache, draw on your ciggie or (with or without the ciggie) sip your nightly glass of wine or beer or perhaps your morning coffee or tea if alcohol is not your thing, or maybe just munch on that last bit of dark chocolate that gives you such a rush… and then make a joke about your only vice.

Read PeakCare’s commentary by clicking here and enter your comments in response to the blog – anonymously if you prefer.

Parents taking their place at the table 

Parents' voices will now permanently be included in government decisions affecting their children's lives. On Friday, 6th December 2019 Minister Di Farmer officially opened the first meeting of the Queensland Parent Advisory Committee (QPAC), now a permanent fixture in decision making. Shared Strength - Parents taking their place at the table by Family Inclusion Network South East Queensland (FINSEQ) documents the advocacy journey, and features some parents' answers to the question of what the most important feedback was for parents looking to improve the child protection system in Queensland.

Raise the Rate - have your say

Newstart is not working - $40 per day is too low to give people the support required to get through tough times and into paid work. That's the message, supported by PeakCare, of the Raise the Rate campaign headed by ACOSS. The goal of the campaign is for the Federal Government to lift the single rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and other related payments by at least $75 per week, and index Allowances to wages. PeakCare encourages Member organisations and Supporters to support clients on Allowances to share their personal stories about how they survive on Newstart, Youth Allowance and other related payments.

Kinship Care Forum 2020 announced - save the date!

Building on the successful 2019 Kinship Care Forum hosted by PeakCare, a follow up forum is being organised for Wednesday, 26th February in Brisbane. Please keep this date free to attend. Megan Mitchell, the National Children's Commissioner will be in attendance, and the research about young kinship carers attendees heard about at the first forum is now finalised in a report which will be launched on the day. A range of other speakers involved in kinship care work and research will also be attending. More information about the program and details about how to register will be provided as they become available.

Upcoming Truth, Healing and Reconciliation forum

The Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce chaired by Mr Bob Atkinson AO will be holding a forum in Toowoomba on Thursday, 13th February. The forum will include presentations on the work of the Royal Commission and the National Redress Scheme, with break-out sessions for discussion. Feedback provided by service providers, support services and people with lived experience will inform the Taskforce’s advice to the Queensland Government. For more information view the flyer or contact Kelly Lotz at the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women on 3097 5793 or

How to be a good questioner of children - new resource

Children can be good witnesses when adults can be good questioners. How can adults help them to tell what happened during investigations without leading or influencing the narrative? An engaging resource has developed for this important scenario by Professor Martine Powell the Centre for Investigative Interviewing at Griffith University in association with the Commission for Children and Young People. Good questioners make children feel listened to, and that their experiences matter. For an example of a well-conducted interview with a child, view this video.

Understanding suicide - governmental resource sharing

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women's latest resource sharing contains content from internal training resources on the topic of understanding suicide.  This resource is being shared with the non-government sector via the various peak bodies. Sharing this module in particular aligns with the Department's commitments under phase one of Every Life, the Queensland Suicide Prevention Plan 2019-2029. The resource covers information including the social context and prevalence of suicide in Australia, working with at-risk populations and assessing risk and protective factors, myth busting, and more. Access the resource.

Human Rights Act now in effect

Queensland's historic Human Rights Act is in effect from 1st January 2020. The Act intends to protect the freedom, equality and dignity of all Queenslanders. Under the Act, public entities that deliver services on behalf of the Queensland government are required to consider human rights as part of their decision-making processes, including direct service delivery, policies affecting the community, and decisions that impact employees, as well as having systems to address any human rights complaints. The Queensland Human Rights Commission has developed an Employer Toolkit and Small Business Handbook to help organisational leaders understand their obligations for promoting an inclusive workplace. On behalf of peak bodies in Queensland, Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ) is capturing information to better understand what organisations most need to implement the Human Rights Act. Share your thoughts about what training your organisation requires with CLCQ in this 10-minute survey.

Free Human Rights Act webinar on advocating for people with disability

How will the commencement of the Human Rights Act affect people with disability? In this free webinar delivered by Community Legal Centres Queensland, community workers can discover how to use the Act to advocate for clients with disability including how to support decision-making in key areas, the complaints process, and other strategic considerations. The webinar will be presented by Emma Phillips, Principal Solicitor at Queensland Advocacy Inc. Find out more. Also don't forget registrations for the 2020 Community Legal Centres Queensland State Conference on 30th April to 1 May in Brisbane are now open, with early bird discounts available until 26th March.

Community grants for promoting social cohesion now open

The Thriving Cohesive Community Grants (Tranche 2) to support implementation of the Thriving Cohesive Communities: Action Plan for Queensland 2019-21 and promote a socially cohesive and inclusive Queensland are now open. The grants aim to support community projects of up to 16 months duration (March 2020 – June 2021) that enable people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to be included and actively contribute to their local community across 3 streams. Stream 1 offers up to $400,000 per location for community-led projects in the priority locations of Toowoomba, Rockhampton and Townsville. Stream 2 makes available up to $120,000 per project for projects that resource established social enterprises to engage vulnerable young people and family members in the community. Stream 3 is for projects that assist people in positions of influence with young people to positively engage them on topics of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion, with $70,000 available per project. Applications for grants under Stream 2 close 14th February, and for Streams 1 and 3 on 28th February. Find out more and apply.

Advancing Community Cohesion Conference in February

The 3rd Advancing Community Cohesion Conference will be held at the University of Western Sydney Parramatta Campus 10th to 13th February. The Conference will provide leaders with the opportunity to discuss challenges confronting social cohesion and community resilience and explore ways to more effectively address these issues by considering social, economic, cultural, legal, religious and other perspectives. View the program. There are reduced fee opportunities for representatives of NGOs to attend.

Measuring your outcomes? How is your organisation travelling? New research study

A new study of organisations working with children and families or child welfare is being undertaken by the University of New South Wales. The Australian Child, Family and Child Welfare Organisations Survey of Outcomes Measurement Practice is now open for child and family organisations to have their say. The survey looks at how nonprofit organisations in the child and family/child welfare sector are measuring their social impacts or outcomes. The study is for a doctoral research project and will also inform peak bodies, including PeakCare, as well as individual organisations working to build this area of practice. The survey is aimed at the person within your organisation who can best answer questions about whether, and how, outcomes evaluations, data monitoring and reporting are undertaken. For most community services, this will be either the CEO, senior practice/program manager, research and evaluation manager or similar. Complete the survey online to be part of this research, view the ethics information sheet or for more details contact the research coordinator Karen Wilcox by emailing

PeakCare's Board elects office-bearers

Elected office-bearers to PeakCare's Board for 2020 include Board President Ms Janet Wight (Youth Advocacy Centre), with Ms Cara Benoit (yourtown) and Mr Michael Currie (The Benevolent Society) continuing their respective roles as Vice-President and Treasurer. Joining them on the Board are Ms Sammy Bruderer (NAPCAN), Ms Sharon Lowe (Churches of Christ Care), Mr Tom McIntyre (Act for Kids) and Mr Darren Young (Mission Australia). Also returning to the Board are Ms Helena Holdaway (Life Without Barriers) and Ms Mary Slade (Safe Places for Children) as co-opted (non-voting) Members. On behalf of PeakCare and all our Members and Supporters, our thanks and appreciation are extended to Mr Darren Young for the term he served President prior to electing to withdraw from this role for 2020. For more information about each of the office-bearers and Board Members, click here.


Providing key priorities input for government consideration at the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing 2020

The 9th annual meeting of the Families Australia National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing will be held in Melbourne on 10th March 2020. The forum will provide opportunities for National Coalition members and stakeholders to influence the successor plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, by providing input to some key priorities for consideration by government, and continue important discussions that commenced in 2019 on the future national public policy agenda for child and family wellbeing and safety. The National Framework is Australia’s first-ever COAG-endorsed plan to improve child safety and wellbeing. Registration will open late January.

Each week, PeakCare publishes a 'Thumbs Up' and/or a 'Thumbs Down' about matters that have come to our attention and draw either our commendation or condemnation. If there are matters that you think are worthy of one or other of these acknowledgements, email and we will consider publishing them.

A big THUMBS UP to the 100 people who responded to PeakCare’s 2019 Bi-ennial Members’ Survey. PeakCare gratefully appreciates and values all feedback received. A very special Thumbs Up to the randomly selected survey respondents who received gift cards for their participation in the survey -  Evelyn Tui (MercyCare Community), Cathy Smith (St Vincent de Paul Society), Scott Torcetti (CentacareCQ), Claire Bateman (Churches of Christ in Qld), Meleane Moimoi (UnitingCare Community) and Carolyn Lewis (Anglicare).

Shining the spotlight on PeakCare itself

In this week’s edition, the spotlight is being shone on PeakCare itself. Click here if you have not already read PeakCare’s 2019 Bi-ennial Members’ Survey Report. Click here to read the comments already received about the survey and add your own – anonymously if you prefer.

Six safeguarding principles for protecting children in residential care and youth justice settings

Safeguarding young people in residential out-of-home care (OOHC) and youth justice from harm is an important role for all staff working in residential care and youth justice. The December 2019 issue of the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) Research focuses on six principles for safeguarding practice in the context of providing safe and caring environments for children who have been harmed, are at risk of harm, or have harmed others. Read more.

Masterclass Series
Mackay - Wednesday, 29th to Friday, 31st January
Presented by Bravehearts and Mackay Women's Services

The Bravehearts Masterclass Series is designed to enhance clinical understanding of how to support children and families affected by child sexual assault. The series is ideal professional development for counsellors, social workers, psychologists, and clinical practitioners. Content covered includes: an introduction to working with families affected by child sexual assault, sexual behaviour problems and identifying needs, and teaching protective behaviours in a therapeutic setting. Find out more and register.

Critical Thinking
Brisbane - Monday, 3rd to Tuesday, 4th February
Presented by Amovita

This training explores how critical thinkers think, how they resolve issues and how they approach their work. Participants will explore how to frame arguments that support decision making as well as how to develop and engage a professional identity in the critical thinking process. We discuss the neuroscience of critical thinking and the impact on decision making in particular situations. This training is dynamic and interactive and participants will explore a contemporary case study to validate existing skills and transfer new learning back into their roles. Find out more and register.

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Thursday, 27th February
Presented by Parentshop

The No Scaredy Cats™ workshop is based on three underlying perspectives: first, by having an understanding of how anxiety develops parents can counter its progress, second, parents can take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems, third, there are practical steps parents can take to build resilience. Find out more and register.

Repairing Broken Threads - reconnection and reunification practice
Brisbane - Thursday, 27th February
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Work to reconnect or reunify children, young people and their families is complex, sensitive, challenging and rewarding. Research suggests there are benefits in family connection. If you are interested in exploring this area of practice with a view to clarifying and consolidating your understanding, skills and approach, this is the workshop for you. Contemporary thinking and research inform activities designed to develop your knowledge and skills in: assessing safety; planning effective support and intervention; and collaborative work with children, young people, their families and carers in this emotive and critical work. Find out more and register.

Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Brisbane - Thursday, 27th to Friday, 28th February
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

The Focused Psychological Strategies workshop offers a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the broad and eclectic strategies contained in the Medicare protocol. Beginning with a brief historical overview of mental health interventions, the workshop explores the theoretical underpinnings, diagnostic categories and treatment strategies of the four main therapeutic modalities of treatment. This two day workshop includes a colourful slide presentation, individual experiential exercises, pair-work and group discussions; and the opportunity to develop and consolidate your therapeutic skills and knowledge. Find out more and register.

Attachment Styles in Practice
Brisbane - Monday, 23rd March

Presented by Compass Seminars

This workshop takes a deeper look into how attachment styles can be used in therapeutic settings by offering a practical and sophisticated exposition for evidence based assessment, formulation, planning and treatment that is sure to transform attachment focused interventions. This one day workshop shows how to work successfully with emotional and behavioural problems rooted in deficient early attachments. It introduces the Attachment Style Interview (ASI), an evidence-based accessible instrument that reveals how attachment disorders may be properly conceptualised, to inform more targeted planing and treatment. Early bird pricing available until 10th February. Find out more and register.

Information Linkages & Capacity Building (ILC) Workshop
Sunshine Coast - Tuesday, 4th February

The Inclusion Ready project invites businesses, services and groups from across the community to learn more about ILC grant opportunities for 2020 and beyond. ILC Workshops will help attendees: understand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the important business opportunities it presents; appreciate the economic and social benefits of inclusion and the important role inclusion plays in driving productivity growth; identify key opportunities for inclusion and inclusive projects; design & build ILC grant projects; incorporate critical success factors into ILC project design; and collaborate and network with potential project partners. This is a free event but registrations are essential. Find out more and register.

Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Forum
Toowoomba - Thursday, 13th February

The Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce chaired by Mr Bob Atkinson AO will be holding a forum to present the work of the Royal Commission and the National Redress Scheme, with break-out sessions for discussion. Feedback provided by service providers, support services and people with lived experience will inform the Taskforce’s advice to the Queensland Government. For more information view the flyer or contact Kelly Lotz at the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women on 3097 5793 or

Financial Wellbeing Information Exchange
Brisbane - Tuesday, 18th February

Learn how to support people in financial hardship at this free event in Logan. Join interactive sessions on Financial Wellbeing and Mental Health, as well as discussions on issues such as Elder Abuse. Anyone from Logan-based organisations who work with people experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to attend the event. Find out more and register.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Round Two
Brisbane - Tuesday, 3rd to Wednesday, 4th March

Come along and work together at this forum hosted by QCOSS, taking your place to drive change in your community. Across Queensland, communities are looking to work together to make a difference, to create a place where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. You are invited to come along to work with your neighbours and colleagues to make your community the best it can be. This is an invitation to come along and work together, taking your place to drive change in your community. Find out more and register.

National Early Years Summit 2020
Melbourne - Wednesday, 11th to Thursday, 12th March

ARACY's National Early Years Summit 2020 will bring together leading thinkers and change-makers to look ahead and ask: What should a blueprint for young children’s wellbeing look like? Working together for their first 1000 days and beyond. This work and discussion will begin a ten-year endeavour to enhance understanding and bring together frontline workers with children, academics, government policy makers, parents, and others. The Summit will involve building on a knowledge of what works for kids, highlighting what information we lack, and how we can acquire it. It will also include thought and advocacy on how best to apply that knowledge to get the best results for our children with the limited resources available to governments, organisations, and families. A draft program has been released, with more details to come. A preliminary list of Thought Leaders and Panellists has also been announced, with more to be announced in coming weeks. The Thought Leaders will make a contribution by guiding the work of the Summit. Special rates are available for early bird registrations and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Members. Find out more and register.


National Social Role Valorisation Conference 2020
Brisbane - Friday, 27th to Saturday, 28th March

The first ever Australian Social Role Valorisation Association (ASRVA) national conference will be held in Brisbane in 2020. The vision of ASRVA is that all people, including those that are marginalised and disenfranchised, are enabled to be perceived positively and have good lives. The foundation of social role valorisation (SRV) is a sense of social justice, leadership development, and working for change with individuals, services, systems and citizens. The ASRVA Conference will be reinforcing the spirit of a community of practice through a mixture of speakers, discussion and activities, and will be grounded, focussing on application, and using a range of activities and styles to better match varied learning preferences. View the date claimer, follow ASRVA on Facebook or contact to be kept updated on Conference news and be notified when registrations open.

AIFS 2020 Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 9th to Friday, 12th June

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2020 ConferenceWhat is a good life for families? And how do we get there? - will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference will feature presentations, roundtable sessions and symposia on a diverse range of issues affecting family wellbeing, under six themes: family policy and service system challenges; balancing work and family; health and wellbeing over the life course; communities and social cohesion; family threats, vulnerabilities and trauma; and family law challenges and solutions. The program will feature local and international renowned experts from a range of fields related to family wellbeing. Plenary speakers already confirmed include: Professor Stephen Zubrick, Head, Brain and Behaviour, Telethon Kids Institute; Annabel Crabb, ABC’s Chief Political Writer; Jess Hill, Author and Journalist; Richard Glover, Author and Radio presenter. Find out more.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Reception and Intake Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a permanent full time Reception and Intake worker as part of the Coordinated Access Team based in West End. The role is responsible for providing reception and intake, phone and walk-in services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, by screening and triaging. The role is classified at SCHADS Award Level 2. Find out more and apply.

Communities for Children Support Worker - Kingston East Neighbourhood Group

KENG is seeking a permanent part time (32 hours per week) Support Worker to work with families with children aged 0-12 years in the Logan community and our multi-disciplinary team in the Communities for Children Family Support Program. The role is classified at SCHADS Award Level 4. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Friday, 24th January.

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