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- Friday, 1st February 2019 -

The Fourth Action Plan, National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009 - 2020 was launched this week in Darwin. The Action Plan has four priority areas and is the first plan under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009 - 2020 to have a standalone focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are either at risk of entering, or in contact with child protection systems. The plan is also informed by recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, including promotion of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and improving the sharing of child protection information. In anticipation of an upcoming federal election, the release of this final plan provides the ideal opportunity to ask our political leaders to bring evidence-based policy to the fore in child and family welfare planning. The number of children in care and subject to child abuse substantiations continues to rise, as evidenced by the Productivity Commission's report released just last week. A further policy framework beyond 2020 with a focus on preventative measures is proposed as the next step by Families Australia. What are your thoughts? Email to have your say.

With the release of the report comes the first PeakCare competition of the year! See below 'In the news' for details.

Our Strategic Plan – your feedback

Close to a year ago, PeakCare’s Board developed a five-year Strategic Plan for our organisation for the period 2018-2022. The development of this plan was informed by consultation with Members and other stakeholder groups including the findings of PeakCare’s most recent Member Survey and an independently facilitated workshop undertaken with Board Members. The Strategic Plan provided the foundation for PeakCare’s annual Operational Plan and the organisation’s project activities.

With close to twelve months having passed, the Board is keen to receive feedback and comments from you about the Plan, its currency and whether it may need to be refreshed. The Board is happy to receive comments from eNews readers who may be employed by non-government or government agencies working within the child protection sector or have other roles and reasons for taking an interest in the strategic directions of our organisation. Those wishing to participate in this process are invited to complete a very brief questionnaire and forward the completed copy to by Friday, 16th February. Your comments and feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Cashless debit cards in Hinkler - what do you think?

The Federal Government's cashless debit card program has launched in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay (Hinkler) region this week. About 6,000 people, aged 35 years and under who receive Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (Job seeker), Parenting Payment (Single) or Parenting Payment (Partnered) will receive the card, which restricts access to alcohol and gambling products, gift cards and cash withdrawals. QCOSS has identified strong opposition and concerns about the trial in a community survey, with 75% of respondents opposing the program. View more details on the survey results here. PeakCare does not support continuation or expansion of this scheme for reasons detailed within our August 2018 submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee, including the marginalising effect on already struggling families and young people. If you have an opinion on the program, write to Lindsay at to have your say.

Child Aware Conference 2019 - save on tickets by registering now

Join colleagues committed to working to advance the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010 - 2022 sharing ideas about furthering the national policy agenda and developing new solutions to complex issues affecting children, young people and their families at the Families Australia Child Aware Conference 2019 in May. Early bird discounts for registrations (including groups) are available until 27th March so don't miss out! While you're there, make sure to attend the express podium presentation by PeakCare and visit our interactive display stand. View the program for more details on the topics being covered, or register now.

ARACY - transforming evidence to practice

The Board of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) has announced the appointment of Penny Dakin as ARACY’s Chief Executive Officer. Ms Dakin has been Acting CEO since July 2018 and sits on a number of other boards, and has worked in other senior capacities with organisations committed to child welfare. ARACY is committed to prevention through research and evidence-based policy and practice that promotes the wellbeing of children and young people. ARACY Membership is open to all organisations and individuals who support a vision for Australia where all children and young people are safe and cared for. By joining, individuals and organisations can support the collaboration that forms the basis of ARACY's work, and participate in the sharing of knowledge across the sector, including free Member-only access to presentations and publications. The next ARACY presentation will be the webinar Babies' brains are fed when you paint your town REaD! at 12pm Wednesday, 20th February. Barbie Bates, Executive Director of Paint the Town REaD (PTTR), along with colleagues from Wollongong and Shoalhaven, will explore how, by reading to and with young children, we can all play an effective role in preparing them for future success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners. Registration is free for ARACY Members and $25 for non-Members.

The first PeakCare competition for 2019 – PRIZES TO BE WON!

It seems that there can be no better subject matter for our first competition of the year than the newly released Fourth Action Plan 2018-2020 that sits under the umbrella of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. The National Framework and the Fourth Action Plan are ‘bread and butter’ documents for the child protection sector that should be well known to all who work within this sector – in either a government or non-government agency. They are documents that should be used to inform any strategic or operational planning being undertaken within an organisation and regularly referred to in the induction and training of new staff members and the conversations that take place during staff meetings.

The first three eNews readers to email with correct answers to each of the following five questions with receive a prize (1st prize – a $50 gift voucher; 2nd prize – a $25 gift voucher; 3rd prize – a $10 gift voucher).

  1. The Fourth Action Plan identifies an action to be undertaken to ensure compliance with all four elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle. True or False and why?
  2. A priority area stipulated in the Fourth Action Plan addresses the enhancement of placement stability for children in care. For the purposes of the Plan, it is explained that permanency options do not encompass processes used to facilitate family reunification. True or false and why?
  3. A priority area addresses improvements to prevention and early intervention through joint service planning and investment. This incorporates an action to strengthen support for young people transitioning from out-of-home care into adulthood. True or false and why?
  4. The Fourth Action Plan encompasses a commitment to promotion of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations that were developed under the Second Action Plan.  True or False and why?
  5. What do these word have in common – apart from starting with the letter ‘p’ – prevention, partnership, placement, participation - and what word is missing from the list?

The competition winners will be published in next week’s edition of eNews along with the correct answers to the five questions. 

Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Brisbane - Friday, 15th February
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

The 2019 AASW Queensland Branch Forum has been designed to sharpen social worker’s practice toolkits through high quality practice and skill-based workshops. The Forum program has been designed to maximise opportunities for varied and practice based workshop sessions by bringing together 80 social workers with engaging workshops across the Forum's three streams: Children and Young People, Families and Health & Wellbeing. 7 Hours CPD apply for full-day attendance. Early bird prices currently available. Find out more and register.

Are the Kids OK? – being child aware while supporting families
Brisbane - Thursday, 28th February
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Targeted at anyone working in a support role with families and young people, this popular workshop draws on Encompass' specialty in risk assessment in child and family work. All who work with families, children and young people must have as their focus the safety and well-being of the children. An ability to assess the risk of harm, and to recognise both protective factors and indicators of danger, is crucial. This one day workshop provides an opportunity for participants to develop their knowledge and skills specific to work with families where the well-being of children is a focus. Participants will have the opportunity to apply core concepts and knowledge to their own practice context. Find out more and register.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Tuesday, 12th March
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.

Brisbane - Monday, 18th to Tuesday, 19th March
Presented by Compass Seminars

An exploration of the ways the immune system, epigenetics, affect regulation, and attachment intersect in mental health. Mind-Brain-Gene describes the feedback loops between the multiple systems contributing to the emergence of the mind and the experience of the self. It explains how our mental operating networks "self-organise", drawing from and modifying our memory systems to establish and maintain mental health. Synthesising research in psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics with interpersonal neurobiology and research on integrated psychotherapeutic approaches, John Arden explores how insecure attachment, deprivation, child abuse, and trauma contribute to anxiety disorders and depression to produce epigenetic affects. Find out more and register.

Stupendous ‘triple-bunger’ national child protection conference
Brisbane - Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th June
Presented by QATSICPP, PeakCare and CAFWAA

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), PeakCare and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) are partnering to bring to Brisbane a national child protection conference. At this stage, we’ve assigned the working title, ‘The Triple Bunger’, to the conference as it seems an apt way of describing this ambitious and exciting venture. Save the dates and stay tuned for more advice about the conference and the opportunities you will be given to attend and contribute to this triple-streamed event.

Sharing information and engaging with parents about child mental health
Webinar - Tuesday, 12th February

Co-produced by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds, this free webinar will explore how practitioners can share information about children’s mental health (0-12 years) and effectively engage parents to support prevention and early intervention for child mental health difficulties. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own practice. Further resources on child mental health will also be provided. Find out more and register.

Policy and Advocacy 2 Day Intensive
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st to Friday, 22nd February

This 2 Day Intensive delivered by For Purpose will provide attendees with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded people to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. This Intensive will cover theory on how social change happens, the political process and points of influence, articulating a clear problem and ask and communicating clear messages to make the case for change. At the end of the Intensive, participants will be able to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. Find out more and register.


Building resilience and wellbeing in the early years: Coping strategies for parents and children from CALD backgrounds
Webinar - Wednesday, 27th February

This webinar presented by Child Family Community Australia will discuss an approach to productive parenting in early childhood that incorporates principles of positive psychology and productive coping skills for families with young children. This approach will be illustrated using a case example of an innovative early years productive parenting program adapted for parents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds attending a playgroup in Melbourne, Australia. Research findings which indicate that parents benefit from being introduced to culturally sensitive parenting skills and that highlight the efficacy of practical resources to support communication between parents and children will also be discussed. Find out more and register.

Churchill Fellowship information sessions
Mt Isa - Monday, 4th March (followed by other locations around Queensland)

A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to research issues of interest. The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society. The Churchill Trust is on the road throughout February and March to deliver a National Roadshow of Information Sessions about the 2019 Churchill Fellowship opportunity. In Queensland, free information sessions will be held in Mt Isa (4th March), Brisbane (5th March), Noosa (12th March), Cairns (13th March), and Townsville (14th March). The sessions will provide the opportunity to listen to some extraordinary Churchill Fellows share their Fellowship experiences, impart insights on their fascinating projects and how the program helped them achieve their goals. Applications to the Fellowships are now open.

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.


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.

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.

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.

High Risk Team Coordinator - Micah Projects

Micah Projects are seeking a High Risk Team Coordinator for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) for the Brisbane Metropolitan Area. High Risk Teams are required to mobilize quickly to respond to changing levels of risk and are critical to stop victims from falling through the cracks, to be safe in the community and prevent domestic violence related deaths. The role of the High-Risk Team Coordinator will be to review and manage referrals of high-risk cases of domestic and family violence while abiding to the five key principles that underpin the high risk intervention model. Applications close 5pm Monday, 4th February. Find out more and apply.

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