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- Friday, 17th August 2018 -

In the 27th July edition of eNews, PeakCare reported on the promise of the Queensland government to introduce a Human Rights Act for Queensland. Questions were raised on the issue at our Roundtable meetings around Queensland, with many PeakCare Members asking how a Human Rights Act could impact organisations and families receiving services.

On
Wednesday, 19th September, Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign is teaming up with QUT Law, Queensland Council of Civil Liberties and the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights to host a free community discussion about what the introduction of an Act could mean for Queenslanders. The keynote address will be delivered by Prof George Williams AO, Dean and Anthony Mason Professor of Law at the University of NSW. There will also be a panel of experts on the topic. Though free, registration is essential as space is limited. The Human Rights Act for Queensland also has examples of how human rights can help protect specific groups, like children and young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and women experiencing domestic and family violence.

PeakCare encourages all eNews readers to engage with this discussion and provide support to this important campaign - the more questions we ask, the more our political representatives will have to find answers. For more on the importance of human rights legislation, watch this video of an interview from 2016 with Human Rights Act for Queensland Campaign Coordinator Aimee McVeigh by PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener and this video in which Aimee is joined by others in a panel discussion also in 2016. We also remind eNews readers that the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2018 Human Rights Awards are now open for nominations, including for the Young People’s Human Rights Medal category. Nominations close this Sunday, 19th August, so don't miss out if you have a young person, community organisation or other group or individual you feel deserves to be recognised!

On the protection of children's interests in court – Leneen Forde Public Address

The Leneen Forde Public Address is an annual event held by the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) where a thought provoking leader presents an inspiring address on an area of interest to child protection and legal practitioners. The event is named after the Honourable Ms Leneen Forde AC, former Queensland Governor and Chair of the Forde Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions. In 2018, Dr Scott Harden will discuss his experience as a child psychiatrist in the courts - musing upon the protection of children and their interests. Dr Harden is a child, adolescent and adult clinical and forensic psychiatrist. In his clinical practice he has particular interest and experience in evaluation of anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young people and adults. In his forensic practice, he has experience in a range of legal and treatment settings with young people and adults. The event on 11th September is free for CPPAQ Members and $40 for non-members. Find out more and register.


Free training on addressing tech-abuse

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has developed free online training for frontline workers with clients who may be experiencing technologically-facilitated family and domestic violence or abuse. The training covers what technologically-facilitated abuse can look like, how to help clients understanding how technology can be misused, what the law says, and how to help clients stay safe online.
 

New app for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to connect

The new thismymob app has been launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to connect with their cultures, families, and extended mobs. The app closes the distance between families and mobs that may be geographically separated, and helps people come together and participate in community and cultural events as well as discuss important issues such as land rights. The app is currently being trialled by the following mobs: Eora (NSW), Jumbunna (NSW), Bard (WA), Tiwi Islands (NT), Gundijamara (VIC). People who belong to any of these mobs who would like to trial the app can send an email to thismymob@outook.com containing their full name, email address, type of phone and their mob name to be included. The Queensland government's Community and Personal Histories' team can help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use records to research family and personal history. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people with families born in Queensland can also find out more about where their family comes from, who their family are, and how they might be connected to a certain place. People interested in accessing this service can enquire online or call 1800 650 230.  Records are also available through the State Library of Queensland website, and users are advised some material may contain the names and images of deceased people. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service can also offer free legal representation and advice on 1800 012 255.

Queensland Child Protection Week gains momentum

Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) is just over 2 weeks away.  Whilst it has gained momentum in its 2018 planning, it has also done so across the years.  This is arguably set to be the largest celebration of child protection yet. QCPW Committee Chairperson, Anna Nolan, is delighted that Child Protection Week 2018 is set to break records: “We’re thrilled that so many sponsors have signed up to back the important work we do. It’s an appreciated recognition of the efforts of so many on the committee over decades.” Read more.


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Findings on youth sexual violence and abuse

With the release of the Final Report of the Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse Steering Committee (the report) and the Queensland government's response to the report, this week we take a look at youth sexual violence and abuse, in which sexual contact occurs between persons under 18 years. The report proposes change across two dimensions: implementing actions that will immediately impact and prevent youth sexual violence and abuse such as addressing physical risk factors and ensuring those affected by it receive appropriate treatment and support; and actions that will support long term and generational change.

The report data show a significant downward trend in rates of sexual offending against those under 18, but a significant upward trend in the number of child pornography related offences, often between young people under 18. The report found that youth sexual violence and abuse are more prevalent in communities with higher levels of intergenerational and locational disadvantage, and that women and girls suffer drastically disproportionate rates of victimisation (362 per 100,000 in 2015–16 for females as opposed to 86 per 100,000 in 2015–16 for males), pointing to a need for change in social norms.

Noting a disconnect between current child pornography laws that can criminalise youths for consensually sharing or receiving sexually explicit images, and changing social norms in which this behaviour is increasingly becoming part of normal intimate relationships, the report recommends guidelines be developed to support police officers in getting the balance right between protecting society from the harm caused by child pornography and recognising changing social norms. Read a recent overview of what the research says about sexting.

Identifying the causes of youth sexual violence and abuse is complex, but in general, research shows children impacted by socioeconomic disadvantage, substance use and family violence are exposed to more risk factors for becoming both victims and perpetrators of youth sexual violence and abuse. Research also finds that sexual offending in adolescence is more transient than in adulthood, can often be preceded by a history of contact with the youth justice system for non-sexual offences, and that there is significant influence by situational factors such as everyday routine. These types of findings point to the merits of restorative justice models
that emphasise offender rehabilitation.  

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Thursday, 23rd August
Presented by Parentshop

This is a comprehensive one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations with parents in child protection, in situations where a clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. Find out more and register.

 

Revitalising your social work private practice
Brisbane - Saturday, 1st September
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This workshop is targeted to social workers in private practice, who want to revitalise and grow their practices and upgrade their business knowledge and skills. It will also be of value to social workers intending to go into private practice in the future. The workshop consists of presentations, discussions, sharing of experiences/information amongst participants, networking and business planning activity based on newly acquired information. Find out more and register.

 

Culturally Sensitive Practice in Child Protection and Out-of-home Care
Brisbane - Monday, 3rd September
Presented by Inala Community House

This half-day workshop for practitioners employed in out-of-home cares services, foster care agencies and residential care focuses on building the skills and capacity needed by practitioners to support culturally diverse children and young people. The workshop will: examine culturally sensitive practice in child protection practice; develop strategies on cultural support plans and culturally matched placements; improve service planning for CALD children and youth in OOHC; and support foster and kinship carers to meet the needs of CALD children/youth in OOHC. View the flyer for more details and to register.


National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum
Brisbane - Tuesday, 4th September
Presented by NAPCAN

Child abuse can be prevented if we all play our part. Why then is there still so little talk about the things we can do to create communities that support families and children (before problems arise)? Why is the topic of primary prevention still largely missing from conversations about child abuse and neglect? And, when prevention is mentioned, why is it still so often confused with early intervention? This National Child Protection Week (2nd to 8th September) NAPCAN invites you to join the conversation about prevention in a lively and inspiring Q&A Forum about why primary prevention needs to be front and centre when we talk about child abuse and neglect. Katrina Blowers from Channel 7 will MC, with speakers including Norman Laing, Indigenous Lawyer and Advocate, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner, representatives from R4Respect, and Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Register now.


Bridging Troubled Waters: resolving workplace issues and difficult team dynamics
Brisbane - Thursday, 6th September

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Positive team dynamics underpin effective workgroups and when all is well, we may take this harmony for granted. But when conflict or personality clashes persist, everyone is affected and productivity can plummet. This workshop considers the tricky issues in managing workplace conflict and tension and restoring harmony. How do you engage ‘difficult’ workers who do not respond to the usual supervisory efforts to change unacceptable behaviour? How do you use your own personality and negotiation skills to ensure fair dealing while getting to the source of trouble? What strategies and techniques might help? This workshop is for competent supervisors who need a few more tricks up your sleeve in resolving workgroup issues and for those who want to avoid such issues arising. Find out more and register.
 

Lost in Translation - Supporting Young People with Complex Support Needs in Transition Forum
Brisbane - Thursday, 6th September
Presented by Community Living Association

Lost in Transition is a three-year ARC funded research project exploring the issues of young with complex support needs in transition that aims to map existing frameworks for transition support planning, describe the needs of young people with complex support needs in relation to key life transitions, develop an understanding of the various meanings of transition to young people with complex support needs and for those who provide transition support, and explore how these transitions can be tracked and quantified. The Lost in Translation Forum to be held at Banyo Library will discuss what it would take at a policy, practice and organisational level to achieve appropriate supports to young people with complex support needs in Queensland. View the flyer for more details. To register, phone 3266 5633 by 3rd September.
 

Solution Focused Families
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September
Presented by Compass Seminars

Using goal-orientated Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), can assist you to identify a client's hoped for changes and participate in conversations that build those changes in great detail, often leading to solutions they may never have considered trying. Whilst this sounds simple, it is challenging, and made more complex when there is more than one person in the conversation such as with families. Here, you must be skilled at identifying desired outcomes that ALL involved parties can engage in. If you fail to co-construct a conversation that identifies detailed future outcomes you risk family members disengaging, sabotaging or dividing - often keeping them focused on the problem and blocking potential change. This workshop explores the effective core techniques required to work families when change is the name of the game! Find out more and register
 

2018 Leneen Forde Public Address
Brisbane - Tuesday, 11th September
Presented by CPPAQ

The Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) aims to improve interdisciplinary professional collaboration in the child protection system in Queensland. This year's Leneen Forde Public Address will be delivered by Dr Scott Harden, who will discuss his experience as a child psychiatrist in the courts - musings upon the protection of children and their interests. Dr Harden is a child, adolescent and adult clinical and forensic psychiatrist. In his clinical practice he has particular interest and experience in evaluation of anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young people and adults. In his forensic practice, he has experience in a range of legal and treatment settings with young people and adults. CPPAQ Members are reminded this is a free event, for non-members the price is $40. Find out more and register.

ACWA Conference and National Kinship Care Forum
Sydney - Monday, 20th to Thursday, 23rd August

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2018 will highlight the continuing endeavour of working with community organisations in providing positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families. ACWA is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families. Find out more and register. Following the Conference, the National Kinship Care Forum will be held at the Australian Human Rights Commission, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney. The Forum will discuss the importance of kinship care, which now provides more statutory out-of home care than foster care across Australia. Attendance is free - find out more.
 

Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Hervey Bay - Thursday, 23rd August to Friday, 24th August

Building on the momentum of QCOSS’ Movement For Change Conference and Pulse conversations, a series of regional events will be held with the aim of creating real social change in 13 Queensland communities. Changing Lives, Changing Communities will kick off in Fraser Coast and Townsville during August. Community members are invited to attend this free, two-day event to explore what it takes to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. Bring a friend or colleague and work together to develop a shared vision and equip yourself with knowledge and actions to make real social change.

 

10th Annual Women and Homelessness Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 29th August

The Lady Musgrave Trust is hosting the 10th Annual Women and Homelessness forum, a sector driven event that is developed each year by a joint Working Group Committee comprising representatives from The Lady Musgrave Trust, Centacare, Ozcare, QShelter, DVConnect, Micah Project Inc. and the Queensland Government. The 8th edition of the resource booklet for homeless women 2018-2019 A Handy Guide for Women in Brisbane will also be available free of charge. The forum will be officially opened by the Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick De Brenni. Find out more and register


Protective Behaviours Australia Conference 2018
Brisbane - Thursday, 30th to Friday, 31st August

Act for Kids, NAPCAN and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are partnering with Protective Behaviours Australia, to present the Protective Behaviours Australia Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. The two-day event features keynote speakers from all across Australia sharing their research, insights and knowledge of protective behaviours. Combined with informative and interactive workshops, attendees will walk away empowered with the knowledge to collectively reduce the incidence and impact of abuse and violence in the community and keep our kids safe. Discounted accommodation rates are available at Oaks Casino Towers, Oaks Festival Towers and ISTAY River City.
 

15th Annual Micah Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance 
Brisbane - Friday, 31st August

The annual Micah Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance will be be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. In true Micah Projects fashion, it is a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together as equals, to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your tickets now.
 

Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September

The Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry in Queensland. This year's dinner will be hosted by Kay McGrath, with Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence speaking. Find out more and purchase tickets.


Bravehearts White Balloon Day Gala
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September

Bravehearts extends an invitation to join Hetty Johnston AM and distinguished guests for an evening dedicated to protecting the children of Australia. Enjoy a sumptuous 3 course dinner, guest speakers, live entertainment, exciting raffle and auction prizes. Do not miss the chance to support this wonderful event and important cause. Early bird discounted tickets available now.


The Sanctuary Model in Context
Brisbane - Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th October

The Sanctuary Institute Australia and MacKillop Family Services are inviting community services organisations and schools to attend a two-day seminar to support cultures of safety, wellbeing and learning in organisations. Participants will learn about The Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed, whole of organisation change model that responds to the impact of chronic stress and adversity. Educators should note this program meets the requirements for provisional or full teacher registration for 14 hours of Professional Learning in every Australian state. Teachers will be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and proficiency on Standard 1 and 4 of Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL). View the flyer for more details or register here.
 

10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium
Hobart - Tuesday, 16th to Wednesday, 17th October

The 10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is an opportunity for policy makers, clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health professionals to join together and provide a collaborative platform for the challenges, solutions, innovations, support systems and networks for rural mental health. Find out more and register.
 

Human Rights in Queensland: it's time for answers
Brisbane - Wednesday, 19th September

Human Rights Act for Queensland and QUT Law will be hosting a free community discussion about what the introduction of a Human Rights Act in Queensland could mean, presenting a range of perspectives and opinions. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor George Williams AO, Dean and Anthony Mason Professor of Law at the University of NSW, who will join a panel of experts on the topic. PeakCare encourages all eNews readers to participate in this important conversation. Though free, registration is essential as space is limited.


2018 ACOSS National Conference
Sydney - Monday, 29th and Tuesday, 30th October

The ACOSS National Conference has been a key event for civil society in Australia for over six decades. Each year hundreds of thought leaders, policy makers, political leaders, social innovators, practitioners, academics, campaigners, community leaders and social justice advocates come together to engage in collective public policy analysis, discussion and debate; identifying challenges and strategising solutions with the view to address poverty and inequality and enhance social cohesion in Australia. At this year's conference dinner ACOSS and HESTA will be co-presenting the Community Sector Awards. Early bird tickets are now available - don't miss out! 


2018 Youth Health Conference
Gold Coast - Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th November

The Australian Association for Adolescent Health and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association have partnered to host the 2018 Youth Health Conference. This year’s conference theme, “Owning Future Change”, invites young people, clinicians, researchers, educators and policy makers to act now to identify challenges and implement solutions to create real change in the lives and health of young Australians. The 2018 Youth Health Conference is the platform where the latest research findings will be presented with policy and practice recommendations, and where innovative models of care will be showcased. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Health and Sexuality Education and Sexual Health are major themes in this year’s conference. Find out more and register.
 

Sexuality and people with an intellectual disability: a sex positive approach
Brisbane - Tuesday, 13th November

This workshop to be delivered by Lud Allen Counselling will explore the meanings that you give to sexuality and specifically the meaning you give to sexual education for people with an intellectual disability. You will identify barriers that exist to supporting clients in meeting their sexual health and relationship education needs. You will use and critique resources specifically made for sexual health education of people with an intellectual disability and explore the benefits of 1:1 education vs small group education and hear how this has been applied successfully in real life scenarios. Find out more and register.


FRSA 2018 National Conference
Cairns - Tuesday, 20th to Friday, 23rd November 

The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support children, families and communities. The Conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel with the theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind


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.
 

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. There are only two weeks left to submit an abstract for presentation 



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.

Team Manager, Family and Child Connect - Mercy Community

Mercy Community is seeking a permanent full time Team Manager for the Family and Child Connect team working out of the Moreton Bay Region. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as the role is required to be filled as soon as possible. Find out more and apply.
 

Principal Policy Adviser - PeakCare

PeakCare is seeking a full- or near full-time Principal Policy Adviser to research, monitor and maintain comprehensive knowledge of legislative, policy, program and practice trends and issues in child protection and family services, to exercise a leadership role on behalf of PeakCare in analysing and providing authoritative specialist advice, and to contribute to PeakCare's operational planning. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 24th August.
 

Centre Based Support and Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects

Micah is seeking a permanent full time Centre Based Support and Advocacy Worker to join the Coordinated Access Team. This position is centre-based, providing assessment, support and referral to central services based on presenting needs to individuals and families who are present experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 24th August


Project Coordinator, LLA & Collective Impact - Save the Children

Save the Children Australia is seeking a full time, fixed term Project Coordinator based in Mt Isa. The role supports the Local Level Alliance across Mount Isa and the Gulf, and the Collective Impact objectives for the Connected Beginnings Program in Doomadgee. The role provides local leadership to progress important community development and collective impact initiatives. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 27th August. 

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