|As the Family Matters’ National Week of Action for 2019 draws to a close, there is one more thing YOU and YOUR organisation can do to demonstrate your support. Make a commitment to actively listen and respond to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and child protection spokespersons about what changes are needed and how these changes can be made. You can demonstrate your commitment by making sure that your organisation is well represented at the National Child Protection Conference to be co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and PeakCare on 24th and 25th June at Rydges, South Bank, South Brisbane.
In particular, make sure you attend the session during the morning of the 25th June at which you will hear and see Natalie Lewis, CEO of QATSICPP and Co-Chair of the Family Matters Campaign yarn with a panel of eminent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spokespersons from across the country, including Karla Brady (CEO of Inala Wangarra), Phillip Brooks (Queensland Family and Child Commissioner), Isaiah Dawe (CEO and Founder of ID. Know Yourself), Professor Boni Robertson (Director, Indigenous Community Engagement at Griffith University and Co-Chair of the Queensland First Children and Families Board) and Richard Weston (CEO of the Healing Foundation and Co-Chair of the Family Matters Campaign). Their topic will be, ‘What are the responsibilities held by non-Indigenous agencies - government and non-government - in relation to self-determination by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to the safety, wellbeing and protection of their children?’ Surely, there can be no topic of greater importance than this one to be faced up to by non-Indigenous agencies within and across all Australian States and Territories.
Will you be there to listen and respond to what they have to say?
Click here to register. Registrations close on 6th June or when all available places are filled.
Click here to view the conference program and watch out for regular updates made to the program.
Make a BIG WEEK of it and after attending the conference, stay on for (1) the Advocacy Masterclass led by Professor Cindy Blackstock on the 26th June and (2) the QATSICPP Members’ Conference on the 27th and 28th June. To register for these events, click here.
Detention of Queensland children in watchhouses
The lead story featured in last week’s edition of eNews – Beneath the numbers and percentages, there are the stories of children’s lives screaming to be told - continues to attract widespread attention. Some of the comments entered in response to a linked blog include:
We need to do something right now to prevent one more child ending up in an adult criminal justice system and to address the situation holistically. Everyone has responsibility
We all know that the wheels of justice spin slowly, but for these children they have ground to a halt
It can only be fixed by improving how well several systems intersect
Non-government organisations must also play their part in stopping the trajectory from child protection into youth justice. Unnecessary reporting of children to the Police by residential care providers must stop.
View all of the comments we have received by clicking here. Add your own comments, anonymously if you prefer, about this critical issue.
Therapeutic work with children who have experienced abuse and neglect - CPPAQ Practice Paper
This year the annual Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) Sue Diggles Memorial Practice Paper will explore the topic of therapeutic work with children who have experienced abuse and neglect.This paper will address what a child therapist does, what attachment disorders are, which children benefit from therapeutic interventions and which do not, and how other professionals and people involved with children - including teachers, caseworkers, and carers - can help the therapeutic process. Her Honour Judge Deborah Richards, Judge of the District Court of Queensland, President of the Childrens Court of Queensland will chair, with Lorren Arezio, Clinical Psychologist, Evolve Therapeutic Services speaking. The forum will be held at a new location - Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Level 21, 400 George Street, Brisbane. Attendance is free for CPPAQ Members and $40 for non-members. Find out more and register.
AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group forum now being held Monday, 3rd June
May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, so come along to the AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group Forum and hear from presenter Jatinder Kaur and women with a lived experience of intimate partner violence across diverse cultures about: vulnerabilities and risk factors faced by migrant and refugee women; holistic bio-psycho-social assessments of migrant and refugee victims of intimate partner violence; cultural, linguistic and religious factors, barriers and challenges associated with intimate partner violence; and physical, mental and sexual-reproductive trauma and treatment options specific to migrant and refugee women who are victims of intimate partner violence. Please note the date of this forum has been changed to Monday, 3rd June. It will be held at the South Brisbane Service Centre of DCDSS at 55 Russell St, South Brisbane, 10am to 12pm. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday, 28th May.
Free child protection workshops
NAPCAN is again delivering its series of free child protection workshops around Queensland. Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is for all individuals and organisations that work or volunteer with children and young people and their families and have mandatory reporting requirements. Upcoming sessions are being held in Mundoolun on Saturday, 15th June and Townsville on Saturday, 13th July. Child Safe Organisations is critical to assist organisations to develop child friendly and safe practice. Upcoming sessions are being held in Springfield Lakes on Wednesday, 5th June and Mundoolun on Saturday, 22nd June. Find out more and register for any of the sessions being held in Queensland.
Voices in Action - a game changing conference for out of home care
95% of previous attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that the ideas shared at the event would help improve the out-of-home care system. The 2019 Voices in Action Conference by CREATE Foundation in November will explore a range of critical topics including: how to include young voices in decision making processes; how to support and improve outcomes for young people transitioning from care; and the need to improve complaints processes for children and young people. Discounted early-bird registration rates are available before 1st August, so be quick to secure your place at this game-changing conference! Among announced speakers is Caine Wild, founder of First Step Wild, a company empowering children through hands-on outdoor educational programs that focus on positively impacting a child's development, behaviour and achievement outcomes. Caine grew up himself involved in the child protection system, and credited a visit to Australia in 2009 with CREATE and Freedom Road Creative Arts as the event that changed his life forever. Do you know a young person with a care experience who would like to attend the Conference? Young people can apply for a grant to attend the conference, but be quick, grant applications close in one week on Friday, 31st May!
Latest institutions to join National Redress Scheme
The National Redress Scheme has updated its list of institutions that have joined to include the latest group of Anglican organisations and others. Click here for the update or click here for more information on the Scheme.
Inquiry into education and employment for young people inviting submissions
The National Youth Commission (NYC) aims to ensure that all Australians, especially young Australians, have the right to education as a basic human right and as one of the core foundations of Australia’s future prosperity. The NYC contends that the rapid transformations of the economy through technological change affect the nature and organisation of employment as well as society in many ways which are difficult to predict and anticipate. The NYC is currently conducting an Inquiry into the current state of the Australian labour market and how it affects the employment and education prospects and experiences of young people. For more on the Terms of Reference click here. The NYC will not accept funding from the Australian or state and territory governments to ensure that the Inquiry process itself is strictly independent from political influence or interference. Written submissions to the Inquiry are invited from individuals or organisations, and can be submitted online. Public forums are also being held around Australia. Click here for upcoming dates and more information about providing evidence at a public hearing.
Injustice of Intimacy podcast series now available
The Injustice of Intimacy podcast series has now been launched - featuring a raw and personal collection of stories from women who have experienced intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV). The stories highlight that often women facing this abuse will wonder whether it is normal and be unable to recognise the extent to which their abuser is maintaining power and control over them by inflicting abuse at the crossroads of sexual assault and domestic violence. The series offers practical and specific frameworks for defining and recognising IPSV, giving options for action, navigating systems and services and moving forward. The series also provides an invaluable tool for professionals and members of our communities in general. Find the series on iTunes or listen in browser here.
Abstract submissions closing soon for STOP Domestic Violence Conference
The 2019 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held Monday, 9th to Wednesday, 11th December at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, and provides a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for every individual affected by domestic and family violence. Abstract submissions close Friday, 14th June for five presentation types between eight topics. Submissions must contain: 300-word presentation overview, 100-word biography, and 3 key learning points from the presentation. Find out more and submit an abstract, or take advantage of super early bird registration.
FECCA Scholarships now available
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) is seeking applications for the Scholarship Program to attend, and actively participate in, the FECCA 2019 National Biennial Conference – Purpose. Leadership. Progress – in Hobart from Monday, 9th to Wednesday, 11th December. Successful recipients will receive complimentary registration to attend the Conference. They will have access to all Conference sessions (excluding the Conference Dinner), explore issues of interest, discuss their emerging ideas with experienced actors in the sector, network, and establish connections for the future. Additional funds have been allocated towards travel assistance for a limited number of successful scholarship applicants. Find out more and about how to apply here. FECCA has also recently released a guide for Cultural Competence in Australia for organisations.
Centacare Fortitude Valley temporarily moving offices
Due to disturbances from nearby construction, Centacare has temporarily moved from premises at Morgan Street, Fortitude Valley to the CBD. They are now located at Level 1, Penola Place, 143 Edward Street, Brisbane. There will be some outreach services to support this arrangement. View more information on the flyer.
Register NOW to attend the National Child Protection Conference – Registrations close on 6th June or when all available places are filled
Registrations for the National Child Protection Conference being co-hosted by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) close on the 6th June. This important conference forms part of Queensland’s BIG WEEK that will consist of not one, not two, but three big events:
- National Child Protection Conference (24th and 25th June)
- Advocacy Masterclass led by Professor Cindy Blackstock (26th June), and
- QATSICPP Members’ Conference (27th and 28th June).
DO NOT MISS OUT - Click HERE to register!
Make a BIG WEEK of it and stay for the Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass on 26th June and the QATSICPP Members’ Conference on the 27th and 28th June. To register for these events click here.
The National Child Protection Conference Program
You can view the draft Conference Program by clicking here. Keep an eye out for regular updates being made to the program.
Still time to join the growing list of Conference Sponsors!
Encourage your organisation to join the ever-growing list of organisations that have stepped up to becomes sponsors of this exciting event - Anglicare Southern Queensland, ACTCOSS’ Gulamga Program,The Benevolent Society, Child Wise, Churches of Christ in Queensland, Compass Seminars, Commsync, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Foundations Care, House with No Steps, Infinity Community Solutions, Integrated Family and Youth Service (IFYS), Life Without Barriers, Mission Australia, Nature Play Qld, Parentline, Queensland Foster and Kinship Care, True Relationships and Reproductive Health, UnitingCare Community, and YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service.
Visit the website for the details about how your organisation can become a sponsor. Please note that due to the unique sponsorship model that we are using, you do not need to be a large organisation to become a sponsor. Both small and large organisations and those that are somewhere in between all receive the same benefits of becoming a sponsor.
AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group
Brisbane - Monday, 3rd June
Presented by AASW and PeakCare
May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month - come along and hear from presenter Jatinder Kaur and women with a lived experience of intimate partner violence across diverse cultures. Jatinder Kaur will discuss aspects of intimate partner violence that impact women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds including: vulnerabilities and risk factors faced by migrant and refugee women; holistic bio-psycho-social assessments of migrant and refugee victims of intimate partner violence; cultural, linguistic and religious factors, barriers and challenges associated with intimate partner violence; and physical, mental and sexual-reproductive trauma and treatment options specific to migrant and refugee women who are victims of intimate partner violence. The forum will be held at the South Brisbane Service Centre of DCDSS, Ground Floor 55 Russell St, South Brisbane, from 10am to 12pm. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, 28th May.
Brisbane - Sunday, 2nd June
Presented by ANTaR Qld
Backtrack Boys is a powerful documentary by filmmaker Catherine Scott about youth justice reform in the Armidale District. The film follows a group of troubled boys who meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo and youth program leader Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. The screening will be a special benefit night to support the education, policy and advocacy work of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation in Queensland (ANTaR Qld) at All Hallows School Theatre, Dodge Lane, Fortitude Valley. The screening will feature special guest Mr Mick Gooda, Gangulu Man and Respected Leader among First Australians, who has worked as Social Justice Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission and as Co-Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Youth Crime in the Northern Territory. Mr Goodna will address the movement towards constitutional recognition of First Peoples and the Makarrata (treaty) momentum. Book a ticket or view the flyer for more details.
Parents and their allies changing the child protection system
Brisbane - Tuesday, 4th June
Presented by Family Inclusion Network South East Queensland
In New York City in the 1990s, over 50,000 children were in foster care. Today, this figure is less than 9,000. During the same time, the number of Queensland children in care grew “at an unsustainable rate”. There is still a lot of work needed in Queensland and nationally to tilt the balance of investment towards early intervention and parents finding their voice as advocates. Find out how parents and their allies changed New York City's child welfare system at this special free forum and panel hosted by Family Inclusion Network South East Queensland on Global Day of Parents at Queensland Multicultural Centre, featuring Dr David Tobis. View the flyer for more details or RSVP here.
SaFa training: Risk assessment in action - the art of judging risk in child protection
Brisbane - Wednesday, 12th June
Presented by Encompass Family and Community
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.
Masterclass Series - support clients affected by child sexual assault
Gold Coast - Wednesday, 26th to Friday, 28th June
Presented by Bravehearts
This Bravehearts Masterclass Series is designed to enhance clinical understanding of how to support children and families affected by child sexual assault. On Day 1, participants will gain an understanding of child sexual assault from a family system perspective, and will have an opportunity to explore a variety of considerations including ethical issues, as well as case planning when working with this client group. Day 2 will see participants gain an understanding of sexual behaviour problems, including normal verses problematic behaviour, and will have an opportunity to explore how to work with this client group from a family systems perspective. On Day 3, participants will gaining an understanding of how to teach protective behaviours to a variety of age groups in a therapeutic setting. Register for 1 day only or for all three days for a significant discount! Find out more and register.
Brisbane - Friday, 28th June
Presented by Compass Seminars
This workshop will open up the enormous possibilities and potential of the Genogram, a typically underutilised tool, as a process for both assessment, and intervention. Family diagrams (or Genograms) provide a picture of who a person is, where they come from, who matters in their life, and how they belong in the world; as well as providing a framework for understanding present stressors, past struggles and strengths and resources. A Genogram interview is a powerful assessment tool giving you more detailed understanding of case presentations and how to plan targeted interventions. This workshop will equip participants with an understanding of what genograms are and how they can assist in assessment, treatment planning, and potentially used as a therapeutic intervention in themselves. Find out more and register.
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner Training Lvl 1
Brisbane - Friday, 5th July
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers
This one-day workshop will explore the use of EFT Tapping as a therapeutic tool. The EFT Level 1 practitioner training benefits social workers as a tool for self-care, supervision and working with individual clients. EFT can be used for self-care to reduce everyday work stress and anxiety lived by a social worker; for supervision with staff when providing supervision and is extremely useful for anxiety, stress and trauma; and with individual clients when counselling clients.Additionally, clients can learn the basics to use on themselves in one session. The workshop will be delivered by Khadine Aharon. Find out more and register.
No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Monday, 19th August
Presented by Parentshop
This 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. The lesson framework includes an overall theory of parenting that can assist parents to manage children’s worries; coverage of how some misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious; and biological information about the brain, including how the pre-frontal middle cortex and the amygdala operate, and where fear and anxiety originates. Find out more and register.
What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Woodford - Monday, 27th May
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout May. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed from 9.30am at Woodford Memorial Community Centre, 109 Archer Street, Woodford. Register for the session. Upcoming sessions are also being held at Gympie and Nundah on Tuesday, 28th May. There are further drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS, for both service providers and those already enrolled in NDIS. To find out more about sessions in other locations in Queensland, visit the Events section of the NDIS website.
NDIS Access and Psychosocial Disability Forum
Caboolture - Monday, 27th May
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be running Mental Health Access forums for health professionals, clinicians and service providers. The session will: increase understanding of how to provide evidence to support an NDIS access request; increase understanding of how the NDIS legislation works and is applied; and increase confidence in talking about and explaining the NDIS. Find out more and register.
Brisbane - Monday, 27th May
Professor Peter Renshaw, The University of Queensland, and Dr Ron Tooth, Principal of Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre, will share their insights from research within Queensland’s network of Environmental and Outdoor Education Centres, including the application of place-responsive pedagogy to motivate students to become engaged and care within their regular classrooms at this free forum. The research was undertaken in Queensland’s network of twenty-five environmental and outdoor education centres. Find out more and register.
Child-focused approaches when working with parents affected by family and domestic violence
Webinar - Wednesday, 29th May
This free webinar hosted by Child Family Community Australia and Emerging Minds will identify the skills and knowledge that practitioners need in order to have child-focused conversations with adults affected by family and domestic violence (FDV). Professor Sarah Wendt will discuss research she is leading on the skills, understanding and support that practitioners require to be able to identify and respond to presentations from adult perpetrators and victims, and to ensure a focus on children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Find out more and register.
HSQF to NDIS: Streamlining compliance with the NDS Quality Portal
Webinar - Tuesday, 4th June
This free webinar will provide a demonstration of the National Disability Services Quality Portal and illustrate how it can assist organisations to self-assess against the new NDIS Practice Standards. The session will also highlight key gaps for organisations transitioning from HSQF to the new NDIS Framework. Register here. The webinar is also being offered Tuesday, 18th June or Tuesday, 25th June.
Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Atherton - Wednesday, 12th June
National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland until July. These free workshops will help organisations and businesses to understand how the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Grants (ILC) can help them become more inclusive of people with disability. Register now for the Atherton session, register for the Cairns session on Friday, 14th June, or find out more about other locations.
QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 2019
Brisbane - Tuesday, 18th June
This year's QCOSS State Budget Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Hon Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has been invited to speak and share insights into the impact that the budget will have on Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The Treasurer's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including: Professor Anne Tiernan, Dean (Engagement), Griffith Business School; Neil Willmett, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; and Anita Veivers, Executive Director, Centacare FNQ. Find out more and register.
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.
Young people with intellectual or cognitive disabilities with complex support needs: understanding and supporting transition
Brisbane - Friday, 21st June
As part of the three-year ARC funded research project Lost in Transition exploring the issues of young people with complex support needs in transition, ARROS will be hosting a roundtable discussion discussing: the lived experience of young people with complex needs and intellectual disability in transition; facilitators and barriers to good practice; and transition possibilities. Find out more by viewing the forum information sheet or the roundtable invitation.
Are you being served? Subpoenas and warrants in family, child protection, domestic violence and other legal proceedings
Brisbane - Friday, 21st June
Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network will present this two-hour network panel and workshop examining: laws protecting counselling records of victims of sexual assault; how to respond to subpoenas and warrants; the purpose of case notes, who might read them - notes, comments and writing styles; safety issues and impacts of subpoenas on therapeutic relationships; attending to give evidence and cross-examination in relation to notes; the rights, responsibilities, redactions, privilege, privacy, confidentiality and refusals. The panel of experts includes: Chris Spink, Senior Registrar, Federal Court of Australia; Julie Sarkozi, Women’s Legal Service Solicitor, Counselling Notes Protect; Stephen Page, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Page Provan Family and Fertility Lawyers; Teresa Stewart-Hunter, Manager, Right to Information and Subpoena, Dept of Child Safety, Youth and Women; Kelly-ann Tansley, Team Leader, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service; Joanne Trentin, Practice & Quality Manager, Child & Family Services, UnitingCare. Find out more and register.
Working with cultural diversity
Brisbane - Monday, 1st July
Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) will deliver this full-day workshop with ready-to-apply strategies and skills to help achieve better engagement in culturally diverse settings. Nearly one half (49 per cent) of all Australians had either been born overseas or one or both parents had been born overseas. Being aware of cultural differences is crucial for delivering services to and working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The training will help participants to: understand cultural diversity in Queensland, understand the challenges of settlement, understand culture and its impact on communication, apply skills needed in cross cultural communication, and develop skills needed to manage cultural diversity. Find out more and register.
2019 Foster and Kinship Care Conference
Perth - Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September
The 2019 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference is open to all foster and kinship carers nationally and is being held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Perth. The conference aims to provide an exciting and nurturing learning environment, acknowledging, inspiring and promoting personal and professional connections in the fostering sector and will present a unique opportunity to learn from, and alongside, family and general foster carers. The conference will have a strong focus on elevating the voice of the carer, both as an individual and a collective group. Find out more and register.
Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.
DV Specialist Worker, BDVS - Micah Projects
Micah Projects is seeking a fixed term (6 months) full time Domestic Violence Specialist Worker for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service to support people affected by domestic and family violence to live free from violence, and to assist with the emotional and practical needs and issues arising from their experience. This position has a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week, and is classified under the SCHADS Level 4. Applications close Wednesday, 5th June. Find out more and apply.
Administration Assistant/Emergency Relief Worker - KENG
Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) is seeking a permanent part time Administration Assistant/Emergency Relief Worker to manage the front office and assist in the overall coordination and management of KENG’s Emergency Relief program. The position is permanent part-time, 30 hours a fortnight and is classified under SCHADS Level 3.1. Applications close Friday, 14th June. Find out more and apply.