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- Tuesday, 17th December 2019 -

In the mood for a funky musical interlude with stimulating graphics to send your memory bank spinning? Watch this short video and let the pictures tell the story about the issues that grabbed PeakCare’s attention during 2018-19. See for yourself the matters that became our headline stories during the course of the year. Some major themes will become very apparent to you. It’s a cool song - play it LOUD!
If you prefer reading to bopping to the beat, click here to access a copy of PeakCare’s Annual Report for 2018-19. Read the report by Darren Young, PeakCare’s Board President to find out more about our highlights for 2018-19.

Remaining provisions of Youth Justice Act 2019 have now commenced

The remaining provisions of the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 commenced yesterday, Monday 16th December. This includes changes to the Youth Justice Act 1992, the Bail Act 1980, and the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000. Important changes that commenced yesterday included: introducing child-focused bail decision-making; establishing an information-sharing framework to support coordinated services for children charged with offences; enhanced requirements for police when dealing with a young person. For more details and information sheets, view today's Message from the Director-General.

Human Rights Act commences 1st January - is your organisation Human Rights ready?

Queensland's Human Rights Act will commence 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, incuding direct service delivery, policies affecting the community, and decisions that impact employees, as well as having systems to address any human rights complaints. 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, closing Friday, 17th January.

New free First 1000 Days online resource for parents and carers 

Evidence-based Raising Children Network and the Commonwealth Department of Social Services under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 provisions for raising community awareness about the importance of child development and support for parents, have produced the First 1000 Days Portal. The online portal contains useful resources to support parents and carers during the first 1000 days (conception to two years) of a child’s life. Evidence shows that children do best when the first 1000 days of life help set the foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing, and a key component is supporting parents' health and wellbeing. Find out more by accessing the Information Sheet or visit the First 1000 Days Portal.

Charities and community organisations could be affected by new Queensland electoral expenditure laws

The Palaszczuk Government has brought to Parliament proposed changes to Queensland electoral laws with the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019 which proposes expenditure caps for Queensland local government elections. However, advocacy groups are concerned that without further amendments, the proposed changes could risk silencing charities and community organisations. Submissions are now invited in response to the effect the Bill may have on charities and community organisations by the Economics and Governance Parliamentary Committee until 12pm, Thursday, 9th January.

Add your service to the 1800RESPECT directory

1800RESPECT is calling for all sexual, domestic and family violence service providers to add their service to a new searchable directory. The directory will form an online database of the services that support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence. It has been designed to help people access appropriate support in a few easy steps. Add your service to the directory here.

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

The 9th annual meeting of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing (National Coalition) 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.

For Purpose online training - cost effective and easy to access

Do you work in policy, advocacy or government relations in an Australian not-for-profit organisation? Are you keen to learn about emerging issues in the sector, brush up on key skills and connect with like-minded people? For Purpose has short and affordable online courses available for policy and advocacy workers in non-government and not-for-profit organisations. For Purpose currently has 3 online courses on Meeting Decision-Makers, Policy Writing, and Strategic Planning, that run for an hour each, and will be available January to March 2020. Find out more in the Course Information Guide.

Early bird registrations open for ANROWS 2020 Conference

Limited early bird registrations are now available for the ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women and their Children 2020 at Hilton Adelaide on Tuesday, 28th to Thursday, 30th April. All attendees will receive a significantly discounted price including complimentary conference dinner for registering before 31st January, after which the discounted price will only be available for conference speakers and NGOs with an annual budget of less than $2m. Day delegate registrations at standard pricing are also available. The conference will open up opportunities to explore ideas of impact, including what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of initiatives. Coming together with other policy-makers, practitioners and survivor-advocates, attendees will discuss the ways evidence is being applied in policy and practice to reduce violence against women and their children. Find out more and register.

Practitioner insights sought

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner and Griffith University are seeking survey responses from family violence practitioners on children’s experiences with technology-facilitated abuse in the context of domestic and family violence. Information from this survey will be used to inform Australian government policy recommendations for improving adults’ and children’s safety around technology in domestic violence situations. The survey is open to all family and domestic violence practitioners, including those who have not seen technology-facilitated abuse in the course of their work. Access the survey.

Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) is seeking the perspectives of people aged over 15 who have been subjected to different forms of gender-based violence. They are seeking information about the services and support that people have accessed or were unable to access. The survey findings will be used to identify gaps in how services provide support for victims/survivors. The 
survey takes approximately 17 minutes to complete.

LaTrobe University is conducting an online survey seeking the views of professionals who have worked with serious child neglect in the past year to inform understandings about recovery pathways. Results from the survey aim to help inform a PhD research project focused on developing a theory of change to address the developmental consequences of serious childhood neglect. The survey will take around 30 minutes to complete and is open until 31st January 2020. Access the survey.

The Future of Healing: Shifting from trauma-informed care to healing centred engagement

Dr Shawn Ginwright proposes we listen and learn from the insights of young people about how we think about trauma and healing.  He advocates we move beyond trauma-informed care to a more holistic, humanistic approach to supporting young people who have experienced harm and trauma.  Read a summary of Dr Ginwright’s article here.

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.

Thumbs Up to all PeakCare Members and registered Supporters for your valued contributions to having made 2018-19 a great year for PeakCare. Your membership fees make a significant difference to the type and amount of services that we are able to provide – services that are of benefit to not only our Members, but all organisations and individuals that make up Queensland’s child protection and community services sector and, most importantly, the children, young people and families who are the recipients of your services. A large and active membership base is an essential commodity for a peak body. It’s what is needed in ensuring that we remain a formidable, strong and respected voice.

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Thursday, 27th February 2020
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.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1
Brisbane - Monday, 2nd March to Thursday, 5th March 2020

Presented by Compass Seminars

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy/ Practice (DDP) is an intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist (U.S.A.). DDP is family-based and is focused on facilitating the child’s readiness and ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers. It is an approach that integrates the areas of neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment theory, to produce a therapeutic and parenting approach that assists professionals to understand and effectively support children with trauma- attachment problems, and their families. Early bird pricing now availale until 7th February 2020. 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.


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.

DV Specialist Worker (Court) - BDVS, Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a permanent part time (15.2 hours minimum per week) DV Specialist Worker (Court) for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service classified at SCHADS Award Level 4. The objective of the role is to ensure people affected by domestic and family violence are safe and supported and to collaborate with police, court staff and other stakeholders, and to support the safety, emotional, legal and practical needs of those experiencing domestic violence while dealing with the courts. Find out more and apply. Applications close Thursday, 19th December.

Service Manager (Woolloongabba) - St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul is searching for a part time Service Manager (30.4 hrs/week) for the Woolloongabba, Brisbane location. The key objective of this position is to support staff in their work with clients of Child Safety Service Centres where ongoing intervention with a family is required, to assist clients to exit the child protection system and to prevent families from re-entering the system. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 3rd January 2020.

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