The recent death of two infants in the space of two days is a tragedy. Their loss is mourned by all members of our child protection community and our condolences are sent to all who knew and loved these children during their short time with us.
Ironically, these children’s deaths coincided with the release of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s year-long review of the sentencing of those who have been found guilty of offences relating to the death of a child, and much of the mainstream media reporting has linked commentary about the Council’s review with articles about these children's deaths.
You are invited to read this media release by PeakCare and to enter your own thoughts and comments after doing so. Those who attended the ‘SPEAK OUT: Improving Outcomes through Advocacy’ Symposium earlier this week are invited to reflect on some of the discussion that occurred during the day when considering if they wish to enter a comment.
Click here for more information about the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s review and to obtain a copy of their report.
PeakCare's newly elected Board Members
A warm welcome and congratulations are extended to all who were elected to serve on PeakCare’s Board during our Annual General Meeting held on 21st November. The newly elected Board Members are:
- Ms Sammy Bruderer (NAPCAN)
- Mr Michael Currie (The Benevolent Society)
- Ms Sharon Lowe (Churches of Christ Care), and
- Ms Pam Spall (Creche and Kindergarten Association).
Also elected was Ms Cara Benoit (yourtown) who will commence serving a second 2-year term on the Board. These Board members will join Ms Janet Wight (Youth Advocacy Centre) and Mr Darren Young (Mission Australia) who were elected last year to form the Board for 2019. Their first job will be to elect the office bearers for 2019 – stay tuned for an announcement about this in the very near future.
PeakCare’s sincere thanks are extended to all candidates who accepted their nomination to stand for election to the Board. Your continuing support of PeakCare and dedication to the attainment of our vision is greatly appreciated.
PeakCare also thanks all Members of the 2018 who vacated their positions on the Board this week – Ms Sally Kelynack (former Board President), Ms Leith Sterling (former Vice President), Ms Kathryn Woods (former Treasurer) and Mr Kieran Smith plus the Board’s co-opted Members – Mr Brad Swan and Mr Andy Harman.
PeakCare's SPEAK OUT Symposium
Thank you to the many key note speakers, presenters and panel members who contributed to PeakCare’s ‘SPEAK OUT: Improving Outcomes through Advocacy’ symposium held on Wednesday 21st November -
Bob Atkinson AO APM
Karen Mahlab AM (Founder and CEO Pro Bono Australia)
Aimee McVeigh (Coordinator, Human Rights Act for Queensland Campaign)
Jane Powles (Every Child Campaign Secretariat)
Lucas Moore (CREATE Foundation)
Nadia Currie and Alf Davis (QATSICPP)
Paul McDonald (CEO Anglicare Victoria)
Leanne Wood (Anglicare SQ)
Paige Armstrong (CEO Queenslanders with Disability Network)
Karyn Walsh AM (CEO Micah Projects)
Matt Gardiner and Leith Sterling (The Benevolent Society) and
Craig Hodges (Symposium Facilitator).
Thank you also to all who attended for your enthusiastic participation and for the very kind feedback you have been providing about this event, some snippets of which include:
Congratulations on a very successful day
… thank you for putting on such a thought-provoking and valuable symposium…
The symposium was very good
I got a lot out it and appreciated the calibre of the speakers
I’m making a personal vow to pick my game up and be more involved with work PeakCare do…
… there should have been more there to hear this...
Good on you PeakCare! Well done…
PeakCare’s sincere appreciation is extended to symposium sponsor
– Simple Super Solutions –
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PeakCare’s AGM and end-of-year celebrations
PeakCare’s AGM and end-of-year celebrations were, yet again, a grand affair. Our sincere thanks are extended to our guest speakers, Ms Vanessa Fowler, Chair of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation who was accompanied by her mother, Ms Priscilla Dickie, and the Honourable Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. After being presented with around $4,200 worth of pledged donations to the Foundation that had been collected by PeakCare over the past few weeks, Ms Fowler thanked all in attendance for their support and, in keeping with the theme of the symposium that preceded the AGM, poignantly spoke about the importance of speaking out about the impact of domestic and family violence.
An inspiring address was then delivered by Minister Farmer who similarly referred to the many important topics addressed during the symposium and noted her appreciation of the honest and open dialogue established with PeakCare and our Members in continually seeking improved outcomes for Queensland children, young people and families.
There was no-one left standing during the exhilarating performance by the With One Voice Brisbane Choir when everyone sang and danced along to their music and, thanks to the generosity of many Queensland businesses and retailers, many people left the event with some truly stupendous raffle prizes. It was a truly magic moment when a $200 jewellery voucher prize donated by Stephen Dibb Jewellery was presented to the raffle winner, Ms Vanessa Fowler. If you won a prize, please make sure you join PeakCare in visiting and liking the Facebook page of the donor and leaving them a message letting them know how much you appreciate their generosity. Thank you also to De Luca Floral Designs for the exquisite floral arrangements presented to our symposium and AGM guests.
Our one note of regret was that PeakCare was again compelled to run a Trivia with a Twist competition (albeit an abbreviated version) due to the numerous complaints we received after announcing that this terribly uncouth competition would not be held this year. Most if not all of these complaints came from QATSICPP. In what seemed to be a truly bizarre twist, a team from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women tied for first place with a consortium of non-government organisations. This became much less bizarre when it was discovered that the Department had recruited some ‘ring-ins’. QATSICPP has lodged an appeal. So alas, it appears that the controversy that has plagued this completion for four years continues…
Click here to view the photos of this event that have been posted on our Facebook page. There are more yet to be posted.
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Ending men's violence against women and girls
Today 23rd November is White Ribbon Day, Australia’s national day for raising awareness of men’s violence against women and girls. One in six women experience abuse and violence before the age of fifteen, making this an issue that affects every community in Australia. Visit the White Ribbon website for more information on taking action, how men can help, and preventing violence against women in the workplace.
Our Watch recently commenced the "doing nothing does harm" campaign that encourages bystanders in situations where women are disrespected to show it's not ok, support women, and speak up.
Sunday 25th November continues the theme with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with further information on how to achieve this essential goal.
On 30th November ANROWS will release findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS). The NCAS is the world's longest running survey on this topic, and provides valuable insight into how people understand violence against women, their attitudes towards it, what influences their attitudes, and if there has been a change over time. It also gauges attitudes to gender equality and people’s preparedness to intervene when witnessing violence or its precursors. Check back on the project page for the findings.
Queensland Reconciliation Small Grants applications open
The Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program commemorates two significant milestones in our national history—the successful 1967 Referendum and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision. National Reconciliation Week (27th May to 3rd June) is a national campaign that celebrates and builds on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and non‑Indigenous Australians. Applications are now open for grants of up to $2,500 for events being held by non-profit or local government organisations during Reconciliation Week that increase awareness of reconciliation, promote and facilitate positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians, and encourage inclusive community participation and engagement. Find out more and apply.
Opportunities for young people
The Young Achiever Awards aim to promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout Queensland up to and including 29 years of age in one of eight categories. Category winners will each receive $2,000 from Auswide Bank and a trophy, and the Queensland Young Achiever of the Year will also receive an additional $2,000 from Auswide Bank and a state trophy. Nominations are easy, so if you know someone who deserves to be recognised, nominate now! Nominations close 3rd December.
The Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships supports young and emerging Brisbane artists and artsworkers aged between 17 and 30 wishing to join training and development programs. Young people who are Brisbane City Council residents may apply for up to $20,000 to support their involvement with artistic development programs. Applications close at midnight Tuesday 29th January 2019. Find out more and apply.
Improving health literacy for Brisbane communities
Metro North Hospital and Health Service are seeking feedback on their literacy approach consultation draft that aims to support community health literacy to enable people to access and navigate health services and make well informed decisions and take action to manage their health and wellbeing. Community members and professionals can have their say by completing a short online survey about the approach outlined in the consultation draft.
A creative solution to inclusion
Thinking of you gift is a unique social enterprise designed with the loving intent to create meaningful employment and positive life opportunities for Freya, a young woman with different abilities. It’s the brainchild of Donna Toussaint, Freya Toussaint's mum. Donna is an artist who approaches her whole life with a creative filter. “Once you have something in terms of competencies, you explore it. I can see that with Freya too,” she says. Read more.
If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.
Mastering Assertive Interactions in the Workplace
Brisbane - Monday, 26th November
Presented by Amovita International
This training provides valuable skills for participants to communicate with influence and enables the creation of positive and productive working relationships; skills to diffuse hostile situations; respond appropriately to confrontations and successfully resolve misunderstandings. The course works through a five-tiered model that will develop an understanding and appreciation of the different levels and types of assertiveness. Participants will be provided with various opportunities for reflection and analyse different examples of when, where, how and why staff find themselves in challenging situations. Participants will also be provided with the opportunity to practice the techniques they have learned, building their confidence and emphasising the use of specific strategies for promoting positive and productive interactions. Find out more and register.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Brisbane - Monday, 26th to Tuesday, 27th November
Presented by Compass Seminars
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) offers professionals an efficient, user-friendly and research-supported approach that is responsive to the practical realities of working with young people and adults. The role of counsellors, and other professionals rests largely on the ability to interact with people in ways that emphasises individuals’ strengths/ resources, identifies possible solutions and supports movement to change. With an emphasis on “what works”, SFBT focuses on the reality that change is the name of the game. It’s used with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, disruptive behaviours and a host of other emotional and well-being issues. This popular workshop offers a thorough overview of the approach and covers cases from substance abuse, trauma, mental health, child and adolescent difficulties. Find out more and register.
Cape York Partnership discussion for social justice
Brisbane - Tuesday, 27th November
Presented by Cape York Family Responsibilities Commissioners
Hear from a range of speakers who will stimulate discussion and reform ideas to help Australia meet the challenge of tackling entrenched disadvantage and inherited poverty. Connect with First Nations people of Cape York and their determination for social justice at this free event at Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Friday 23rd November to register your place. Find out more.
What will a Human Rights Act mean for your organisation?
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th November
Presented by QCOSS, PeakCare and Queensland community service peaks
This free event discussing What will a Human Rights Act for Queensland mean for your organisation? is relevant for all family and community sector organisations. Hon Yvette D'Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice has been invited to present the keynote address. A panel session will follow with community sector professionals discussing how they believe a Human Rights Act will affect the sector. Panel participants include: Aimee McVeigh, Director, Human Rights Act for Queensland Campaign; and James Farrell, Director, Community Legal Centres Queensland. Register to attend.
Post Inquiry: getting the voices of children and young people heard in decision making and litigation
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th November
Presented by CPPAQ
The Practice Paper Series by Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) provides a cost effective way for professionals to gain ongoing professional development. This Practice Paper will discuss issues around getting the voices of children and young people heard - why is hearing from children and young people important? What has changed since the Inquiry, what has stayed the same? What are the challenges, what are the opportunities? Where to from here? Attendance is free for CPPAQ Members. Find out more and register.
Insurance and superannuation claims legal education seminar
Brisbane - Monday, 3rd December
Presented by AASW and Slater & Gordon
This presentation co-produced by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and Slater & Gordon Solicitors explores a type of insurance benefit attached to superannuation funds. This benefit may be accessible to clients who have superannuation and who experience injury or illness. In this session insurance claims are defined and entitlement options are explained. This includes eligibility criteria and the application process. Find out more and register.
Come have a cuppa...Morning Tea for parents
Brisbane - Monday, 26th November
The Family Inclusion Network's Morning Tea for Parents is an opportunity for parents who have/had children in care, have/had intervention with parental agreement, or have been reunified with their children, to share their experiences with others, discuss how they navigated the child protection and out-of-home care systems, and offer support to other parents. The Morning Tea is held once a month on Monday from 9.30am to 11am at Wellspring Coorparoo, 143 Cavendish Road. For enquiries, contact Rebecca by email or phone 3013 6030.
Healing Our Spirit Worldwide: The Eighth Gathering
Sydney - Monday, 26th to Thursday, 29th November
The International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide has invited The Healing Foundation and The University of Sydney to join together to celebrate the strengths of Indigenous peoples across the world. Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering will share the experiences, resilience and challenges confronting Indigenous peoples across the world.
Working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Applying the National Youth Settlement Framework in mainstream services
Webinar - Wednesday, 28th November
This free webinar co-produced by Child Family Community Australia and Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia will discuss recent developments with the National Youth Settlement Framework and how it can be applied to mainstream youth services. The framework provides a basis for planning, delivering and evaluating programs and activities that have been designed help newly arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to settle well in Australia. Find out more and register.
Changing Lives, Changing Communities - Brisbane
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th November
What will it take to create a Brisbane community where everyone contributes, matters, and belongs? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is here and brings opportunities to build and shape inclusive, thriving communities. Changing Lives, Changing Communities – Brisbane is about bringing together all parts of the community to co-create solutions to ensure people with disability are included in their community, and can access what they need like a place to call home, good health, transport, education, and a job. Find out more and register.
Research in the Round forum
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th November
The Queensland Family and Child Commission is pleased to present its sixth Research in the Round forum on Protecting children from online grooming. The forum will be held 2pm - 5pm in Room ThreeSixty, QUT Garden’s Point campus. Three highly respected researchers will present on their research findings followed by an interactive panel discussion. The panel will explore ways to help protect children from online grooming and discuss what further needs to be done in the areas of policy and practice. Find out more and register.
Domestic violence and family law workshop
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th November
Women's Legal Service Queensland is holding a free full-day workshop for community agencies and service providers on the topics of topics of safety planning and risk assessment, domestic and family violence legislation and orders and family law (parenting and property), presented by a social worker and solicitor. Find out more and register.
STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 3rd December to Wednesday, 5th December
Domestic violence can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location. Over the course of three days, the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will highlight, acknowledge and reflect on the efforts of those who have contributed and set the bar for change. The Conference aims to facilitate policy change, raise awareness and work together to eliminate violence within Australia. Find out more and register.
NFP Financial Leaders Summit
Sydney - Tuesday, 4th December to Thursday, 6th December
In an increasingly complex and constantly evolving environment, NFPs face ongoing challenges in their pursuit to achieve long-term social outcome success whilst remaining financial sustainability. The NFP Financial Leaders Summit is being held on 4- 6 December at the Mercure Sydney. This summit will shed light on key strategies of how to successfully diversify revenue streams and rely less on single source of funding in order to build financial strength. The practical programme will offer insights into: effective strategies for sustainability; proven measures to manage cash flow; balancing commerciality, purpose and sustainability; and developing a strong business model. View the full agenda or see the speakers list for more.
Engaging children as partners in practice to support their mental health and wellbeing
Webinar - Wednesday, 12th December
This free webinar co-produced by Child Family Community Australia and Emerging Minds will discuss practices that can contribute to practitioners creating genuine partnerships with children and their families. For practitioners, issues in adopting this practice can include: confidence in engaging children in developmentally appropriate ways; agency structural and workflow issues that inadvertently limit flexibility and creativity; the expectations of parents and carers on the type of intervention required; and finding ways of working collaboratively that minimise power imbalances between adults and children. Find out more and register.
Blue Card Services information session
Brisbane - Wednesday, 12th December
This free session will be an overview of employer/business operator obligations and will provide an opportunity to clarify any issues regarding the blue card application or assessment process. Enquiries about the session can contact 07 3211 6749. Find out more and register.
Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients
Brisbane - Friday, 14th December
This one-day interactive professional development training by the Blue Knot Foundation provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work in counselling and/or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma. This training provides essential knowledge, insights and tools to enhance clinical practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who present challenges around to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. Find out more and register.
Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May 2019
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. Abstract submissions are now open until 30th November. Presentations can be in any of four formats: plenary (symposium, hypothetical or debate), XPRESS podium (maximum 3 minutes), workshop (interactive), or Policy Think Space (discussion).
Visit the Events page on our website for other opportunities in the sector. You can also email your professional development opportunities so that we may promote them through future editions of eNews.
Redress Support Worker (Townsville) - Micah Projects
Micah Projects is seeking a Redress Support Worker to join the National Redress Support Service Team in Townsville to provide flexible, timely and transparent practical assistance and emotional support to people engaging with the Scheme. This is a fixed term, part time position with a minimum of 22.8 hours of work available per week, for a period of 12 months (with the option to extend) and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 26th November.
Redress Support Worker (Rockhampton) - Micah Projects
Micah Projects is seeking a Redress Support Worker to join the National Redress Support Service Team in Rockhampton to provide flexible, timely and transparent practical assistance and emotional support to people engaging with the Scheme. This is a fixed term, part time position with a minimum of 22.8 hours of work available per week, for a period of 12 months (with the option to extend) and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4. Previous applicants need not apply. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 3rd December.
Support and Advocacy Worker (casual pool) - Micah Projects
Micah Projects is currently seeking Support and Advocacy Workers to join the casual pool. These positions will provide casual relief across several different Micah Projects programs, including: Resident Support Program, Homefront, Street to Home, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Coordinated Access Team and Supportive Housing Hope Street. Hours of work for these positions can vary across programs involving weekday, weekend, and night time work across different rosters. Availability across 24 hours/7 days a week is desirable. These positions are casual and are classified under the SCHADS Award 2010 – Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 31st December.