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- Tuesday, 25th August 2020 -

PeakCare and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSIPP) are pleased to release our Overview of Survey Findings: Liberal National Party’s proposals for overhauling Queensland’s child protection system, the first in a series of papers reporting on the findings of a survey our organisations conducted about proposals announced by the Liberal National Party (LNP) on 17th June 2020.

Our purpose in conducting the survey was to collect, collate and provide feedback about the LNP’s proposals to further inform the development and refinement of the policy platforms of all political parties as they seek to bring about improvements to Queensland’s child protection system. As other parties release their policy platforms, PeakCare and QATSICPP will look for similar opportunities to seek feedback about these platforms.

Copies of the report were sent to Premier Palaszczuk, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, Child Safety Minister Di Farmer and Shadow Minister Stephen Bennet yesterday. PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener and QATSICPP’s Garth Morgan were also pleased to participate in bipartisan discussions conducted by Minister Di Farmer and Shadow Minister Stephen Bennett at Parliament House on 13th August 2020, during which we delivered a briefing about key findings of the survey. This meeting was also attended by CREATE’s Rachael Donovan. Bryan Smith from Foster and Kinship Care Queensland was unfortunately unable to attend due to a prior commitment. PeakCare strongly commends both Minister Farmer and Shadow Minister Stephen Bennett for their engagement in this dialogue and their enthusiastic interest in the survey and its findings. We look forward to more discussions of this type.

As noted in the introduction to the report, it would be a mistake to treat the survey as a ‘poll’ that simply measured numbers of people who favoured or did not favour strategies proposed by the LNP. The survey’s true value will come from the consideration that can be given to the commentary provided by the survey respondents that will feature in the more detailed reports about various aspects of the survey to be released over oncoming days and weeks. As such, this report is best regarded as something to whet your appetite for the reports to follow. It is these reports that will best serve as the catalyst for further research, discussion and debate about the best ways forward in continuously improving Queensland’s child protection system and achieving better outcomes for Queensland children, young people and families.

Read more by clicking here. You are strongly encouraged to enter comments about your response, anonymously if you prefer.

New COVID restrictions for South East Queensland

The Chief Health Officer has issued a new directive for areas of South East Queensland, in response to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. One of the cases that has been confirmed has been linked to a disability service. The directions support people with disability continuing to get their essential disability services. From 8am on 22nd August, increased restrictions have been put in place for residents of: City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Scenic Rim Region, Somerset Region, Lockyer Valley Region, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City. The restrictions affect disability accommodation facilities, including how many visitors are allowed. Hospital emergency departments and disability accommodation facilities will also use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face masks and gloves to treat all patients and residents. Read the latest update, and view the information outlined on the NDIS website to see how this affects disability service providers, residents and carers.


The Human Rights Act for Community Advocates - new training for community organisations

The Queensland Human Rights Commission has developed a new training module for advocates based in community organisations. The course is designed for advocates who are not lawyers, and is suitable for people working or volunteering in community organisations, who are in a position to advocate on behalf of people accessing their services, or to help them advocate on their own behalf. The Commission is now calling for Expressions of Interest in participating in the course. Until 31st December, the course will be offered free of charge. View the flyer for more details and submit an EOI online.

Portable long service leave to commence January 2021

The new Portable Long Service Leave scheme for Queensland's community services industry will commence on 1st January 2021. This means the first returns to QLeave will be due in the first two weeks of April 2021. Find out more at QLeave and register to be kept up to date.

Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson for early years

On Thursday, 10th September, as part of National Child Protection Week, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation will deliver Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson (ABCSL) specifically for children aged 4 to 7 to cover key messages about secrets. ABCSL is an annual initiative of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, aiming to teach age-appropriate personal safety strategies in an empowering manner. ABCSL provides schools, early learning services, and families with the tools to engage in effective conversations about child safety. Tune in for the live stream at 10am to learn your part in how to teach children valuable personal safety lessons. View the ABCSL information sheet for more details on the initiative, and register for the session.

National Child Protection Week is right around the corner

This year's National Child Protection Week theme is Putting Children First, with a variety of inspiring webinars, including the NAPCAN Queensland specific webinar Putting Children First in Queensland, 2.30pm to 3.30pm on Tuesday, 8th September. The webinar will kick off the conversation about what primary prevention means for Queensland and how everyone can all play their part in creating a great state for all children. Speakers include Hoani Lambert, New Zealand Ministry for Children, who will share insights into the ways that New Zealand is putting children first in government systems, and ensuring that their voices are at the centre of policy, service design and delivery; and Professor Sharon Goldfeld, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, who will share insights into her research about how the different factors in our communities - physical, social, socio-economic, services, etc - influence the way that children develop. Register here.

Be part of Remembrance Day and join people who were placed in institutional or other out-of-home care as children, and their family and friends to pay tribute to the courage and determination of adult survivors of childhood abuse in these settings. Register to attend the online event at 12pm on Wednesday, 9th September, co-hosted by Historical Abuse Network, Micah Projects and the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee.

And take the pledge and add your organisation's logo to the hundreds who have signed up in support of the week, as well as downloading and displaying NAPCAN posters with plenty of tips on how to support children's rights, safety, health and wellbeing.

International NOFASD Day - participate and have your say

Every year on 9th September, people around the world come together to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the importance of reducing alcohol consumption during pregnancy. International FASD Awareness Day gives a voice to those with FASD and their parents and carers and celebrates the strengths of those individuals and families impacted by FASD. Find out more and participate by downloading the FASD Information Pack, which contains details of successful past events held to raise awareness, ideas for how to be more involved this year (even without leaving home!), what FASD is, and more. The FASD Fact sheet provides information on FASD, statistics on the rates of those affected, and links to further resources. The fact sheet shows FASD is highly overrepresentated in youth detention populations, with 36% of those surveyed having a diagnosis. And have a listen to the Pregnancy and Alcohol podcast, with an episode on the most prevalent myths around FASD. NOFASD Australia is also seeking information from parents and carers about the education experiences of children with FASD, which will form part of a submission from NOFASD Australia to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Share your thoughts here.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Forde Foundation

The Forde Foundation was established in August 2000, in response to Recommendation 39 of the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (the Forde Inquiry). The Forde Foundation is proud to be committed to improving quality of life for Forgotten Australians and other care leavers. The Foundation focuses on improving quality of life for people who were abused or neglected in care, through advancing their health, education and welfare, and pays respect to the experiences of care leavers who were abused or neglected in institutions and systems that were meant to support and care for them as children. For over two decades, the Forde small grants program has helped enhance the lives of people who suffered abuse or neglect in Queensland institutions. Find out more about the Forde Foundation, or view more details on the 20th anniversary.

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 Child Safety Minister Di Farmer and Shadow Minister Stephen Bennett for their engagement in bi-partisan dialogue about improvements that may be made to Queensland’s child protection system. We remain fully aware that while there will be some differences in the policy platforms held by each of their political parties, we are encouraged by their preparedness to also look for common ground. PeakCare also commends Minister Farmer and Shadow Minister Bennett for their enthusiastic interest in the findings of the PeakCare-QATSICPP survey about the LNP’s proposals for overhauling Queensland’s child protection system.

The Australian Child Maltreatment Study 2019-23: A landmark in national public health research
Webinar - Tuesday, 1st September
Presented by Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ)

Child abuse and neglect is understood as including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence. Australia lacks fundamental evidence about the national prevalence, nature, and risk profiles of these forms of abuse and neglect, impeding sound health policy responses. We also lack rigorous evidence of the effects of these experiences on mental and physical health through childhood and the lifespan, and the national burden of disease associated with these experiences. The Australian Child Maltreatment Study is a landmark project conducted by a multidisciplinary international team over 5 years (2019-23), which will generate this fundamental evidence for the first time using a gold-standard national survey. This presentation outlines the nature, design and significance of the Study. Find out more and register.

Hey Warrior!
Cairns - Thursday, 3rd September
Presented by Compass Seminars

This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise anxiety disorders in children and adolescents (5 - 18yr olds). It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from and why they exist, and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context. Find out more and register.

Introduction to Nurtured Heart Approach
Webinar - Thursday, 10th and Thursday, 17th September
Presented by Lighthouse Resources

This webinar will encourage participants to change the way we look at challenging behaviours and increase awareness and understanding of relationships. Through an introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach®, the webinar will provide powerful tools to improve not only how children and young people views themselves, but also the world around them, so they can embrace themselves and embrace life. Find out more and register.

Understanding risk in child protection
Webinar - Tuesday, 15th and Wednesday, 16th September
Presented by Amovita International

This training provides a professional foundation to understand the importance of recognising and responding to risk in child protection. Participants will explore the legislative context of child protection to understand how the government mandates the reporting of risk. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a framework suitable to their organisation that enables the reporting and responding to suspected risk to the safety and welfare of children. This training is highly interactive, interesting and promotes deeper reflection, professional practices and discussion on the ethical and moral dilemmas in identifying and reporting risk with confidence using a professional framework. Find out more and register.

Platform 1225 2020: Truth, advocacy and systemic reform
Brisbane - Tuesday, 17th November
Presented by Queensland Youth Housing Coalition 

Comedian and author Corey White has been announced to headline and MC QYHC's annual forum Platform 1225. Corey joins advocates, academics, young people and practitioners who are committed to social justice, including Dr Lindy Annakin, lead writer of the out-of-home care chapter of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and researcher on whistleblowing in the public interest; Dr Alistair Ping, Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s Graduate School of Business; and Dr Kristy Muir, CEO of the Centre for Social Impact and a Professor of Social Policy at UNSW Sydney Business School. A panel of young people will speak to their lived experience on issues affecting their communities, including Lane Brooks, a 23 year-old Mandandanji man who is passionate about enacting change. Presentations will consider what can be done today to make sure the previous patterns of history are not repeated, and how to ensure ethical practice remains a key focus for organisations and government. Find out more and register.

Key Skills in Family Therapy
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th to Friday, 27th November

Presented by Compass Seminars

This two-day workshop is aimed at practitioners who work with children, young people, adults, couples, families, and/or organisations supporting clients with mental health issues. This workshop aims to introduce participants to core Family Therapy concepts and broaden practitioners understanding of how to view “the client’s problem”, as well as provide practical skills and interventions for use with the client groups with which they work, built on theoretical constructs from systemic, structural, solution focused and narrative family therapy models to teach core thinking and interviewing skills in family therapy. Find out more and register.

Your Essential Briefing: National Annual Seminar
Webinar - Wednesday, 26th August

This virtual National Disability Services (NDS) event provides an opportunity for disability service providers to be informed and collaborate on key topics in the disability sector. Participants will hear from a diverse range of subject matter experts including: David Moody, NDS CEO, on hot issues facing the disability sector and what needs to be done, Philippa Angley, Head of Policy NDS, on NDIS pricing update, what does the Price Guide tell providers about the NDIA’s approach to pricing? What are the implications for providers? Royal Commission / Quality & Safeguards plenary panel, and much more. Find out more and register.

Words Matter: how to use frames effectively to advance child mental health
Webinar - Wednesday, 26th August

This webinar is the second in a two-part series exploring the importance of language in advancing child mental health. Building on a past Child Family Community Australia webinar that focused on changing how practitioners communicate with parents, this webinar will explore better ways of talking about child wellbeing, specifically around issues of framing. Find out more and register.

Youth Futures Summit into Employment and Transitions 2020
Webinar - Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th August

Every young person deserves access to education, employment and a future in which they can thrive. But they are growing up in a world that is ill-equipped for the future of work, for the changing economy, for the climate crisis. This important summit by the National Youth Commission will call sector representatives to collectively highlight the way forward, working together across education, VET, and industry, and with young people to form a new plan for their transitions into life and the future of work. Find out more and register.

Strengthening accountability across perpetrator intervention systems
Webinar - Thursday, 27th August

This free one-hour webinar will explore ANROWS research into strengthening perpetrator intervention systems, and discuss next steps for strengthening perpetrator intervention systems. A wide range of human services organisations engage with perpetrators of domestic and family violence: the justice system, men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs) and other services such as housing, child protection, health and community support. These different services interpret accountability in different ways, and some may be unsure how to respond appropriately to perpetrators of violence. Find out more and register.

Mastering the pivot: How NFPs have successfully adapted to COVID-19, case studies and practical advice
Webinar - 
Thursday, 27th August

This one-hour webinar from Pro Bono Australia will examine case studies of successful Australian NFP pivots during COVID-19 with practical advice addressing strengths and challenges during the current climate. The presenters will draw from Australian research conducted during COVID-19 and two real life and in-depth case studies to share what successful NFPs had in common; what strategies worked and didn’t work; challenges and how they were overcome, and more. Find out more and register.

All About Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Webinar - Tuesday, 1st September

This free one-hour webinar from QCOSS on behalf of the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, is for community organisations that are thinking about applying for Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) funding and are looking for some more information about the initiative. It will provide an overview of the seven different programs that sit within SQW as well as information on how community organisations can play a role. Find out more and register.

Legal and practical responses to child abuse (QLD specific)
Webinar - Wednesday, 2nd September

This two-hour webinar by In Safe Hands Educators will assist early years educators, organisations and individuals to comply with their legislative requirements and meet duty of care obligations regarding child abuse specifically in Queensland. Find out more and register.

Child Inclusive and Developmentally Focused Dispute Resolution: Two evidence-based methods
Webinar - Wednesday, 2nd September

Family Law Pathways Networks Australia will host a free webinar by renowned clinical and developmental psychologist, Professor Jennifer McIntosh. In this webinar, Professor McIntosh will describe the rationale for applying a developmental perspective to family law dispute resolution, and detail two evidence-based approaches to this work, covering infancy through to late adolescence. The principles of Child Inclusive Mediation and of the Young Children in Divorce and Separation program are briefly outlined, followed by a Q&A and group discussion. Find out more and register.

Understanding insurance claims
Webinar - Wednesday, 2nd September

Legal Aid Queensland will deliver this free one-hour webinar for community workers and financial counsellors on the process of understanding insurance claims. The session will be co-presented by Loretta Kreet and Paul Holmes, principal lawyers/consumer advocates with the Civil Justice Services team at Legal Aid. Find out more and register.

The CHAP Health Check: Who, Why, What, When and How?
Webinar - Tuesday, 8th September

Join this free NDS webinar to hear from to hear from Professor Nicholas Lennox present on the importance of comprehensive annual health assessments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The CHAP Health Check is the only health assessment tool available for people with IDD that has been tested and proven to be effective within the Australian healthcare context. Find out more and register.

AIFS 2021 Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 15th to Friday, 18th June 2021

Following the postponement of the 2020 AIFS Conference, a new date has been set in 2021 for an unparalleled conference experience. Save the date for attending the 2021 AIFS Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference will reflect on the social and economic impacts on families. What have we learnt about the challenges and the opportunities to support families with better policy and service systems in a rapidly changing world? Keep on eye on Conference updates for registrations and confirmed speakers.

Support Worker, Communities for Children - KENG

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) is seeking a permanent part time (28 hours/week) Support Worker for the Communities for Children program operating out of Logan. The role is classified at SCHADS Level 4.1 and aims to support families of children aged 0-12 years through the coordination of a range of universal and evidence-based parenting and family support initiatives. Applications close Monday, 7th September. Find out more and apply

Primary Health DFV Education and Engagement Worker, BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a fixed term (to June 2022), part time (minimum 38 hours per fortnight) Primary Health DFV Education and Engagement Worker as part of the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service. The role is classified at SCHADS Level 5. The role aims to support, build trust and educate medical centres in the Brisbane South Region to increase their understanding, skill and knowledge in responding to domestic and family violence. Applications close 5pm Monday, 7th September. Find out more and apply.

Primary Health DFV Local Link Advocates (x2), BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking two fixed term (to June 2022), full time Primary Health DFV Local Link Advocates as part of the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service. The role is classified at SCHADS Level 5. The role aims to build and strengthen referral pathways between primary health care providers into the DFV service System. Applications close 5pm Monday, 7th September. Find out more and apply.

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