|Are you ready to make the last week of June your BIG WEEK?
Event One: National Child Protection Conference
Have you registered for the National Child Protection Conference to be co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and PeakCare on 24th and 25th June at Rydges, South Bank, South Brisbane? View the draft Conference Program and watch out for regular updates to the program over oncoming days and weeks including some BIG announcements.
Click here to register. Registrations close on 6th June or when all available places are filled.
Early Bird rate closes at midnight tonight – 10th May
Event Two: Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass Workshop
Have you registered to attend the Masterclass Workshop to be facilitated by Professor Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada at Rydges, South Bank on 26th June?
Professor Cindy Blackstock is a member of the Gitksan First Nation, and has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Her promotion of culturally based and evidence informed solutions has been recognised by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children. Professor Blackstock’s workshop is designed to strengthen the voice of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector and further encourage representation and strong advocacy under the changing legislative and policy reform.
Click here for more information and to register.
Event Three: QATSICPP Members’ Conference
The QATSICPP Members’ Conference 2019 will highlight the skills and expertise of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector and its workforce. Important information, knowledge and best practice will be showcased by Member Organisation presentations. An integral part of the Conference is honouring QATSICPP’s Strategic Priorities: Sector and Practice Excellence; Partnerships and Accountability; Voice and Representation; and Cultural Leadership.
As a ‘special bonus’, you are also invited to attend QATSICPP’s 10 Year Anniversary Dinner to be held at 7pm at Rydges on 28th June.
Click here for more information and to register.
Family Matters National Week of Action is fast approaching – will you be ready?
The annual Family Matters’ National Week of Action will be held from 20th to 26th May – less than two weeks away. Will you be ready? The theme for the 2019 National Week of Action is Because of them, we must. It is under this theme that Family Matters will be calling attention to the urgency of building a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids – not only for the next generation, but for the children who are here today. What can you do in getting ready to promote the National Week of Action?
- Find out more about the Family Matters Campaign by clicking here and distributing this information throughout your workplace, networks, associates and friends
- Read and share Jennah Dungay’s speech delivered at last year's launch of the Family Matters Report 2018 – an inspiring reminder of the importance of family, kinship and culture
- Host an event during the National Week of Action and register your event here
- Take a photo of you and your mob holding the Campaign sign and share it on social media
- Share Family Matters’ election priorities via social media
- Be ready to receive and respond to more advice soon to be sent to you about ways in which you can promote the National Week of Action – allocate this responsibility to one or more designated people within your organisation.
Parents and their allies changing the child protection system
In New York City in the 1990s, over 50,000 children were in foster care. Today, this figure is less than 9,000. During the same time, the number of Queensland children in care grew “at an unsustainable rate”. There is still a lot of work needed in Queensland and nationally to tilt the balance of investment towards early intervention and parents finding their voice as advocates. Find out how parents and their allies changed New York City's child welfare system at this special free forum and panel hosted by Micah Projects on Global Day of Parents, Tuesday 4th June, at Queensland Multicultural Centre, featuring Dr David Tobis. View the flyer for more details or RSVP here.
QCPW Awards and grants now open
The annual Queensland Child Protection Awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the efforts, commitment and unreserved energy of many people who make a significant contribution to our community to prevent child harm and neglect. Awards are given across nine categories and will be presented at a launch ceremony for Queensland Child Protection Week, which will be held at Parliament House on Thursday, 29th August. Nominations close 5pm on Friday, 31st May. Find out more and nominate. The new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Grant is also available for NGOs and not for profit groups operating in Queensland. These groups can apply for the one off grant payment of $5,000 to help enhance and promote child protection messages within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Find out more about eligibility and apply online. Applications are also open for Regional grants of $5,000 for each of the five regional areas of Queensland with collaborative submissions among six agencies within each region being accepted. Activity grants of up to $1,000 are available to non-government organisations, community organisations and networks for events that have been designed to positively support the theme and aims of Child Protection Week. Applications for all grants close Friday, 17th May. Find out more about the grants and how to apply.
Backtrack Boys - wild boys and the dogs that tame them
Join friends and colleagues on Sunday, 2nd June at for a special screening of the moving film, Backtrack Boys, at All Hallows School Theatre, Dodge Lane, Fortitude Valley. Backtrack Boys is a powerful documentary by filmmaker Catherine Scott about youth justice reform in the Armidale District. The film follows a group of struggling boys who meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo and youth program leader Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. The screening will be a special benefit night to support the education, policy and advocacy work of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation in Queensland (ANTaR Qld) as well as being a great opportunity to meet ANTaR supporters and First Peoples Elders, especially those integral to Youth Justice reform in Queensland. The screening will also feature special guest Mr Mick Gooda, Gangulu Man from Central Queensland and Respected Leader among First Australians, who has worked as Social Justice Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission and as Co-Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Youth Crime in the Northern Territory. Mr Goodna will address the movement towards constitutional recognition of First Peoples and the Makarrata (treaty) momentum. Book a ticket or view the flyer for more details.
Reminder - share your thoughts on the record new investment in youth justice reforms
The Palaszcuk Government has announced Record new investment in youth justice reforms. Make sure that you read the many and varied comments that have been posted on our website in response to this announcement. Add your comments, anonymously if you prefer, to the strongly held opinions already expressed by many. It’s a way in which you can impress upon the politicians and other decision-makers who read our eNews the views held by members of the child protection sector.
For more information about the initiatives included in the $320 million investment package announced by the Government, click here.
For more information about the strategies particularly directed towards Townsville, click here.
Reminder - QFCC Workforce Survey 2019 closing soon
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is undertaking a workforce survey to gather information on the experiences of frontline workers and service providers within the child protection and family support system. The confidential survey can be completed online and will take approximately 20 minutes. Further details on the type of information and what you can expect from the survey can be found in the Participant Information Sheet. The valuable insights of frontline workers will help inform the QFCC's recommendations for improvements within the system to achieve more positive outcomes. So far the number of respondents is half that of last year - so don't miss out, have a say in the future of the sector. The survey will close Friday, 17th May.
Misogyny matters in May
Earlier this week Caroline Overington penned a piece for The Australian entitled, "Misogyny keeps taking its toll". Her words are particularly poignant as May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. The aim of this month is to raise awareness of the multitude of issues that surround domestic and family violence and to send a message that it will not be tolerated in Queensland, across the country and in our families and communities. Misogyny is a key factor to address in the endeavour to eradicate the scourge of domestic and family violence but there are so many more issues to contend with. Read more.
If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.
Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers
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.
Parent morning tea - come by for a cuppa
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or RSVP via Facebook. All conversation during the forum will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending.
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.
Working with complexity: parents with mental health, substance use and family violence issues
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community
Frontline workers confront increasingly complex family situations where the safety of children and young people is linked to serious and seemingly chronic parental issues. These issues can also complicate engagement, relationship-based practice, goal-setting and planning. This workshop considers practice skills in working with families to make a difference, when parental issues relate to the often concurrent issues of mental health, substance misuse and family violence. This workshop reflects upon frameworks for understanding parental functioning, including complexity and change theory, and considers how best to respond to the needs of children in these circumstances. Workshop content is evidence-based and focuses on decision making which balances safety with least intrusive intervention. Find out more and register.
AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group
Brisbane - Friday, 31st May
Presented by AASW and PeakCare
May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month - come along and hear from presenter Jatinder Kaur and women with a lived experience of intimate partner violence across diverse cultures. Jatinder Kaur will discuss aspects of intimate partner violence that impact women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds including: vulnerabilities and risk factors faced by migrant and refugee women; holistic bio-psy-social assessments of migrant and refugee victims of intimate partner violence; cultural, linguistic and religious factors, barriers and challenges associated with intimate partner violence; and physical, mental and sexual-reproductive trauma and treatment options specific to migrant and refugee women who are victims of intimate partner violence. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday, 28th May.
Brisbane - Sunday, 2nd June
Presented by ANTaR Qld
Backtrack Boys is a powerful documentary by filmmaker Catherine Scott about youth justice reform in the Armidale District. The film follows a group of troubled boys who meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo and youth program leader Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. The screening will be a special benefit night to support the education, policy and advocacy work of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation in Queensland (ANTaR Qld) at All Hallows School Theatre, Dodge Lane, Fortitude Valley. The screening will feature special guest Mr Mick Gooda, Gangulu Man and Respected Leader among First Australians. Book a ticket or view the flyer for more details.
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.
Masterclass Series - support clients affected by child sexual assault
Gold Coast - Wednesday, 26th to Friday, 28th June
Presented by Bravehearts
This Bravehearts Masterclass Series is designed to enhance clinical understanding of how to support children and families affected by child sexual assault. On Day 1, participants will gain an understanding of child sexual assault from a family system perspective, and will have an opportunity to explore a variety of considerations including ethical issues, as well as case planning when working with this client group. Day 2 will see participants gain an understanding of sexual behaviour problems, including normal verses problematic behaviour, and will have an opportunity to explore how to work with this client group from a family systems perspective. On Day 3, participants will gaining an understanding of how to teach protective behaviours to a variety of age groups in a therapeutic setting. Register for 1 day only or for all three days for a significant discount! 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.
What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Gympie - Tuesday, 14th May
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 2pm at Carers Queensland Shop 2, 15 Wickham Street, Gympie. Register for the session. Session are also being held at Indooroopilly from 3.30pm at Indooroopilly Library, Level 4, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Road and Caboolture on Wednesday, 15th May from 12.30pm at Disability Services Queensland Caboolture, Level 1, 12 King Street. There are further drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS, for both service providers and those already enrolled in NDIS. To find out more about sessions in other locations in Queensland, visit the Events section of the NDIS website.
Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Mt Isa - Tuesday, 14th May
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 Mt Isa session, or find out more about other locations.
Injustice of Intimacy podcast launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 14th May
During Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, the Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and Brisbane North Community Legal Service invites you to the launch of the Injustice of Intimacy Podcast Series: “How do we overcome the challenges for women who seek help for Intimate Partner Sexual Violence?”, a project sponsored by Legal Aid Queensland’s Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund. In this podcast series women share their stories and experiences and professionals share their practices and insights. The event will be presented by The Hon. Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and The Hon. Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Find out more by viewing the invitation or register now.
Extending care: Supporting young people's transition from out-of-home care to adulthood
Webinar - Wednesday, 15th May
This free webinar hosted by Child Family Community Australia will discuss recent research on the social and economic benefits of extending care to young people transitioning to adulthood. This webinar will look at how extending care could improve a range of critical outcomes for these young people. The presenters will review how policy has developed over recent decades, and outline the potential economic benefits of extending care to young people transitioning from OOHC to adulthood. They will also discuss the emerging evidence on extended care implemented internationally and consider its implications for policy and practice in Australia. Find out more and register.
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Mackay - Wednesday, 15th to Thursday, 16th May
During Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research is hosting this forum that 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.
Working with refugees
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th May
Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) will deliver this full-day workshop highlighting practical skills to enhance the services you provide to people from refugee backgrounds within the welfare and services sector. This program addresses service delivery challenges including: understanding and communicating with clients from diverse refugee backgrounds; responding appropriately to needs specific to people from refugee backgrounds; helping people from refugee backgrounds regain their independence, and more. 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.
Brisbane - Monday, 27th May
Professor Peter Renshaw, The University of Queensland, and Dr Ron Tooth, Principal of Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre, will share their insights from research within Queensland’s network of Environmental and Outdoor Education Centres, including the application of place-responsive pedagogy to motivate students to become engaged and care within their regular classrooms at this free forum. The research was undertaken in Queensland’s network of twenty-five environmental and outdoor education centres. Find out more and register.
QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 2019
Brisbane - Tuesday, 18th June
This year's QCOSS State Budget Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Hon Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has been invited to speak and share insights into the impact that the budget will have on Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The Treasurer's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including: Professor Anne Tiernan, Dean (Engagement), Griffith Business School; Neil Willmett, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; and Anita Veivers, Executive Director, Centacare FNQ. Find out more and register.
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.
FECCA Conference 2019
Hobart - Wednesday, 9th to Friday, 11th October
FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA's role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community. The 2019 FECCA Conference will highlight new speakers, young people and diverse voices that can articulate the challenges that impact on and issues that are important to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The Conference Committee wish to hear from people who have a vision to shape multicultural Australia and continue to lead the conversation on important issues by learning from the past, addressing new and emerging issues, and working collaboratively across sectors to find solutions. Share your bright ideas, innovative and strengths based solutions, and new and emerging issues that need addressing. Abstract submissions close Friday, 21st June. Registration for the Conference is also open, with discounted accommodation for attendees.
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.
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Manager, Parentline - yourtown
yourtown is seeking a fulltime Manager for the Parentline program. This role is based at the Milton head office and reports to the Virtual Services Manager. The role is responsible for embedding quality parenting interventions and practices into the service for children aged 0-8 years. The role will lead a team of counsellors to ensure that practice is underpinned by current evidence, and will drive the growth and development of the Parentline service, including oversight of a community engagement strategy which will include some travel across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Find out more and apply. Applications close Tuesday, 14th May.
Community Engagement Officer, Parentline - yourtown
yourtown is seeking a fulltime Community Engagement Officer for the Parentline program. The role will be based at the Milton head office and will be responsible for formulating and implementing strategies to engage and network with parents and carers of children and young people, community services and government stakeholders in order to successfully promote the Parentline service. Find out more and apply. Applications close Sunday, 19th May.