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- Friday, 23rd March 2018 -

PeakCare has created a new position within our organisation –
the position of ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

Applications are now sought from people who are:

  • Strong leaders with an unswerving commitment to improving the life outcomes of Queensland children, young people and families
  • Strategic thinkers with demonstrated capacity to serve as a member of our organisation’s senior management team
  • Experienced managers of work units, who inspire and support staff members in their active commitment to continuous service quality improvements
  • Disciplined project managers, skilful negotiators and robust advocates able to engage and effectively communicate with a vast array of elected officials, government and non-government organisations, other peak bodies, special interest groups, and the general public   
  • Individuals hungry to play their part in a dynamic organisation that thrives on the challenge of devising the best possible means of exerting our influence to bring about change  

Does this sound like you? Does it sound like someone you know?

For a copy of the position description, advice about how you can submit an application or responses to any queries you may have about the position, please email

The closing date for submitting applications is COB Wednesday, 18th April 2018.

Research in Practice latest edition open access for a short time only

World Social Work Day 2018 highlights Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability, providing the opportunity for social workers to celebrate the achievements of their profession and the role it plays in helping individuals, families and their communities. To celebrate World Social Work Day, Research in Practice has made the Research and Policy Update open access to view until Saturday, 31st March. The Update contains an array of resources with summaries focussing on child sexual exploitation and explores social workers' confidence and understandings of how to tackle challenges encountered when dealing with child sexual exploitation. Subscribe to Research in Practice to keep updated on the latest research and policies in the sector. 

Global mapping of institutional abuse inquiries 

LaTrobe University has produced an online database of inquiries into institutional child abuse conducted around the world since the 1990s. Inquiries can be searched by country, name of inquiry and people involved. Detailed information for each inquiry is given, including dates, scope, recommendations and publications. Access the resource.

New privacy resource for organisations

The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme is now in force across Australia. The NDB scheme is a new requirement under Australian privacy law and creates a requirement for organisations who discover a data breach to take certain steps. PeakCare encourages Member agencies to consider whether the new privacy laws could apply to them. If so, the new resource produced by Justice Connect helps organisations understand how the NDB scheme could apply to their organisation, how to identify whether a data breach may have occurred, what to do if an organisation suspects a data breach, how to notify when there is an eligible data breach, and the penalties of not complying with the NDB scheme. 

Call for practitioners in domestic violence, gambling help, financial counselling and allied services for national study

CQUniversity, its Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, and the Australian Institute of Family Studies have been engaged by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety to examine the relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women. This includes physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse. The study is seeking confidential interviews with professionals in domestic violence, gambling help, financial counselling and allied services, who have worked with clients affected by gambling-related domestic violence, especially from the ACT, NSW, NT, TAS, VIC and WA, but anyone who qualifies is encouraged to participate. Find out more and participate.

Nominations open for 2018 Queensland Multicultural Awards

Nominations are now open for the Queensland Multicultural Awards which recognises exceptional Queenslanders in eight categories, including Young Achiever and Community Not-for-profits. Nominations close Monday 7th May, with Award winners to be announced at a special lunch in August, during Queensland Multicultural Month. Find out more and nominate.

Parity launches in Queensland

First published in Melbourne in 1988, Parity shines a light on the work of the homelessness sector across the array of issues they respond to. It is the national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP). The Responding to Homelessness in Queensland Edition of Parity covers policy, program and service responses to homelessness in Queensland and boasts multiple contributions from all those involved in the response to homelessness including people who are or who have been homeless. Read more.

If you have contributions you'd like to donate to the Ice Bank, or know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, please contact Lorraine Dupree.

Victoria's OPEN Information Exchanges explores Evidence Based Programs 

Victoria's Outcomes Practice Evidence Network (OPEN) is a unique partnership involving the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and the Victorian government that focuses on bringing together service providers, funders and policy makers, service users, program developers and researchers to drive the development and implementation of evidence and innovation in the family and community sector. 

Supporting the Roadmap to Reform: Evidence informed practice, a report by the Centre for Community Child Health for the Department of Health and Human Services, asserts evidence based practice as an integration of three sources of evidence: evidence based programs, evidence based processes, and client and professional values. This month's OPEN Information Exchange explores a range of resources on Evidence Based Programs (EBPs), the first in a four part series on Evidence Informed Practice.

What are EBPs? View the factsheet. In summary, EBPs are backed by a high standard of evidence that demonstrates positive outcomes for the intended client group and have been rigorously evaluated and consistently show positive changes in knowledge, capabilities and/or behaviour. The highest level of evidence for an EBP comes from systematic reviews, an approach that analyses and summarises data from multiple high quality studies, usually randomised controlled trials, to examine the effects of a particular program. 

The Victorian Government recently announced a significant investment in testing a range of EBPs for children and families under new reforms in which organisations, workers and researchers solve problems together, build on good practice, and experiment with new approaches to learn and evolve. Read the full summaries of the recently funded EBPs.

Consider becoming an OPEN member to receive their monthly newsletter.

 Culturally sensitive practice in out of home care 
Brisbane - Monday, 26th March
Presented by The Oasis Centre

This workshop will provide skills for practitioners on culturally sensitive practice in child protection. The aim of the workshop is to build cultural capacity for practitioners supporting culturally diverse children and young people in out of home care, and foster and kinship care placements. Find out more and register.

SaFa Training: Risk assessment in action
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th March
Presented by
Encompass Family and Community

Safety and risk assessments are foundation skills for effective child protection practice, underpinning all decisions about safety and support. This comprehensive workshop uses evidence-based knowledge to develop participants’ understanding of the concepts central to risk assessment in contemporary child protection practice. Beyond a core understanding and skills-base in child protection, this workshop challenges participants to examine how they apply knowledge in practice. Practical exercises, using frameworks which reinforce good quality assessments, enable participants to increase their competence in making comprehensive assessments and defensible decisions. Find out more and register.

Ethical decision-making
Brisbane - Tuesday, 10th April
Presented by AASW

This full-day workshop is designed for ethical conduct and ethical decision making, which are ongoing requirements for all social workers throughout their careers, as stated in the AASW Code of Ethics. The workshop contents are based on current research and literature. Find out more and register.

Resolving Conflict and Mediating Outcomes: The Black Ops of Disputes
Brisbane - Monday, 23rd to Tuesday, 24th April
Presented by Amovita Consulting

This training explores the latest research on the impacts of conflict in the workplace, and provides the necessary skills and framework to understand the contexts in which conflict takes place. Outcomes of the training include understanding conflict typology, developing a mediation framework and eight steps for assertive expression. Suitable for HR professionals, program managers, team leaders, supervisors. Find out more and register.

123 Magic® & Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Wednesday, 30th May
Presented by Parentshop

This one-day training course that provides skills to teach parents and carers of children aged 2-12 the skills to manage their children’s difficult behaviour. Training includes role play, group discussion, worksheets and videos. The course equips professionals with the knowledge to teach parents the program over three sessions and/or how to teach the tenets of the program in a few one-to-one clinical sessions. Active PD hours apply. Find out more and register.

Overcoming School Refusal
Brisbane - Friday, 1st June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This interactive, one day workshop explores the causes, co-morbidities and treatment of School Refusal in children and young people, along with providing step-by-step plans and strategies for educators, health professionals and parents to identify and address the problem. Combining educational and clinical perspectives, the workshop uses real case studies to demonstrate the varied reasons students disengage from school, and how tailored interventions and return to school plans, can meet the specific needs of individual children. Find out more and register. This workshop will also be held at the Gold Coast on 31st May.


Breaking the Data Silos Conference: Sharing data for bettter policy and service delivery
Canberra - Thursday, 12th April to Friday, 13th April

The Breaking the Data Silos Conference 2018 will bring together public sector, university and non-government sectors to explore the current barriers to effective data sharing and how they can be addressed. Participants will be challenged to think more broadly about the hidden value of data sets, and the possibilities of gathering behavioural insights from the data to get a fuller picture. This conference, focusing on public policy challenges and the potential to use data to solve large and small problems in service delivery, will provide a unique learning opportunity. Find out more and register here.

No More Harm National Conference 2018
Melbourne - Thursday, 12th April to Friday, 13th April

The No More Harm National Conference 2018 at Pullman Melbourne on the Park will consider how to address bullying, harassment and discrimination and other behaviours and attitudes that are harmful to others in the workplace, school yard, social situation, interpersonal relationship or sporting activity with a view to finding solutions. This conference is an ideal platform to exchange ideas and learn more from other professionals, researchers and practitioners that work with individuals, groups and organisations with bullying, harassing or discriminating behaviour challenges and outcomes. Registration is open.

NFP State of the Nation Seminar 
Cairns - Friday, 11th May

The Australian Charity Guide's Not-For-Profit State of the Nation travelling seminar will explore the current state of the NFP sector, latest trends, techniques and innovations in fundraising, how to develop a marketing strategy, sales in a NFP context to attract donors, staff, volunteers and corporate partners and best practice customer service. The seminar travels around the country and will also take place at Brisbane on Friday, 29th June. Find out more and register here.

ANROWS Acting on Evidence: 2nd Research Conference on Violence Against Women and their Children
Sydney - Tuesday, 15th to Thursday, 17th May 

The 2nd ANROWS Research Conference program reflects the six national outcomes of The Nation Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022. Each session features researchers and policy or practice partners discussing new evidence in these areas and its application. Acting on Evidence will present the transfer of knowledge to practice. Researchers and service providers working on current projects addressing issues of domestic and family violence, sexual violence, violence against women or gendered violence are invited to participate in a poster display at the conference by contacting Lisa Gordon at by 6th April. View the program or more about the speakers

QCOSS 2018 State Conference - Movement for Change 
Brisbane - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May

The QCOSS 2018 State Conference Movement for Change - Play Your Part will ask how to move our communities closer to creating greater wellbeing by challenging how we talk about the world. The conference will explore the current landscapes in which we live and work, uncover the big issues and identify the stories that are dividing our community, develop an understanding of the evidence base for change and the current state of play from which to move forward, explore reforms currently underway, and learn from opinion leaders from different backgrounds and sectors. The conference will be hosted by author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer Jane Caro, with appearances by Richard Denniss, Mick Gooda, the Puuya Foundation, Family by Family and many more. Registrations are open.

2018 Creating Child Safe Organisations
Sydney - Tuesday, 29th to Wednesday, 30th May

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hosting a National Conference to explore the plans to improve prevention and enhance responses to child sexual abuse. The Conference will explore future directions, how to implement a child safe culture and framework, how to improve incident reporting and responses and how to equip staff to support child safe environments. View the program or register now.

Doing School Differently Conference 2018
Gold Coast - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June

The Doing School Differently National Flexible and Inclusive Education Conference 2018 offers the opportunity to advance the national conversation on practice and research in flexible and inclusive education. The conference will explore a diverse range of topics including trauma-informed practice, how to develop individualised and flexible learning plans, case studies of alternative education methods, supporting young parents and their children, improving disability inclusion, and youth mental health challenges. Early bird prices for this Conference are available until 27th April, at almost 40% off! Register online to take advantage now.

Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2018
Sydney - Monday, 20th to Wednesday, 22nd August

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2018 will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The Conference will provide professional opportunities for input and debate amongst practitioners, policymakers, researchers and academics. Submissions are now open for abstracts of up to 300 words on one of the eight themes (child protection, children’s best interests and needs, early intervention and family support, out of home care (including kinship and foster), open adoption, Aboriginal children and families, organisational innovation and leadership, and research, policy and practice) and can be submitted online until 30th March.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June 2019

Save the date for the 2019 Trauma Aware Schooling Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The 2019 conference promises to bring back the best from the 2017 event - incredible keynote speakers, an exciting and interactive program and opportunities to engage and network with like-minded colleagues and inspiring leaders in the field. Further details regarding next year's event will be released over the coming months. Subscribe to the Conference mailing list here to receive future conference updates for 2019!

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.

Community Facilitator - CREATE

CREATE is seeking a permanent part time Community Facilitator for their Albion, Brisbane office. Community Facilitators are responsible for facilitating the voices of children and young people through active participation and engagement, specifically ensuring that CREATE’s systems for connecting children and young people to clubCREATE are maintained and new members recruited; and facilitating connection through activities and programs. View more information and apply. Applications close 5pm, Monday 26th March

Lead Tenant - Mercy Community

The Mercy Community's Lead Tenant program is a way to support young people who can’t live at home and need to start working towards living on their own. A Lead Tenant is a volunteer who lives in a Mercy Community property with up to two young people, and provides support and a positive role model for the young people residing with them. Closing date for applications is Friday, 30th March. View more information and apply.

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