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- Friday, 9th March 2018 -

CREATE Foundation's #snapthatstigma campaign promotes inclusion by showing young people with a care experience achieving amazing things. A new powerful video has been launched as part of the #snapthatstigma series, Look and you will see, you are just like us, to show that young people living with a disability are just the same as any other young person. We all need to #snapthatstigma to address the discrimination young people with a care experience can face, so watch and share the video, and access the rest of the stories that highlight the voices of courageous young people with a care experience who are counteracting the stereotype.

Read CREATE's position paper on stigma in out-of-home care to find out more about the evidence showing the challenges facing young people in care and the lack of equity they can experience in services, opportunities, and outcomes due to discrimination. 


If you know of a young person in care achieving amazing things, help them be part of the campaign and have their achievements acknowledged by sharing their positive story on social media with the hashtag #snapthatstigma or email their story to to be featured on CREATE's website.


Child Protection Australia 2016-17 report released

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released Child Protection Australia 2016-17. The report shows the rate of children receiving child protection services rose to 1 in 32 children, with 74 percent being repeat clients and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children consistently over-represented. The number of Queensland children receiving services rose slightly from 2015-16, though New South Wales and Victoria saw the most significant rise in numbers. Stay tuned for more analysis of the report from PeakCare.

Findings on impacts of family, domestic and sexual violence on women

Thursday, 8th March marked International Women's Day, an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, acknowledge how far we have come and recognise the work still to be done in achieving gender parity. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released the report Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia 2018, which shows violence in relationships continues to be a major health and social justice issue. The Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) has illustrated some of the significant datasets from the report into a fact sheet for easy reference. The figures show impacts including homelessness, hospitalisations, and that intimate partner violence is the single greatest health risk factor for women women aged 25-44. Stay tuned for coming weeks, when In the Read will explore the findings from the report in greater detail.


New legal service for sexual assault and domestic violence victims

The Counselling Notes Protect (CNP) is a new free legal service delivered by Legal Aid Queensland and the Women's Legal Service under new legislation protecting the counselling records of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for court proceedings that commenced on or after 1st December 2017. The legal protection covers notes made by sexual assault counsellors, domestic violence counsellors or support services, healthcare professionals, psychologists and doctors. Under the new laws, these records are protected from being available during a court case, unless the victim or the court gives permission for records to be produced. For more information, visit the Legal Aid website or contact Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 267 762.

CFCA bullying resources for National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

In recognition of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence next Friday, 16th March, Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) have compiled a series of CFCA resources that aim to support practitioners working with children who bully and their parents, including specific information for families facing disadvantage, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, and evaluating outcomes. 


Dovetail online training for working with families and significant others

Dovetail have used the material in their good practice guide Working with families and significant others to develop an online self-paced training package - accessible here - designed to improve family responsive practice for workers who are engaging with young people. The package includes information on approaches to understanding family connection, engaging with and including family and others in practice, mapping family connections, and other strategies to improve family-responsive practice. The training takes an hour to complete, and a certificate is awarded on completion. Agencies can also obtain a free hard copy of the practice guide by emailing

Supporting Indigenous engagement with the Blue Card system 

Blue Card Services is holding an educational showcase on Monday, 19th March at 2pm in Brisbane to promote strategies and resources aimed at enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants’ engagement with the blue card system. RSVP to the event by close of business Monday, 12th March. View the flyer for more details.

Feedback sought for CREATE's next strategic plan

CREATE is seeking feedback from stakeholders in the out-of-home care sector to inform the development of their Three Year Strategic Plan 2018-2020 by participating in a short anonymous survey. The survey closes on Saturday, 17th March, so PeakCare urges all workers to complete the survey as soon as possible.

Play your part in the QCOSS movement for change 

The QCOSS 2018 State Conference Movement for Change - Play Your Part on Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May at the Pullman King George Square, Brisbane, 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 with early bird rates until 16th March.

Another PeakCare competition!

PeakCare has released our Strategic Plan 2018-22The first person to submit correct answers to the following five questions drawn from details of the Strategic Plan will win a $50 Coles-Myer gift voucher. Second and third prize winners will each receive a $20 voucher.
  1. What is PeakCare’s vision statement?
  2. What adjective is used to describe the kind of voice that PeakCare aspires to have in leading, influencing and informing systems, policies, programs and practices that advance the safety and well-being of children, young people and their families?
  3. According to our Strategic Plan, PeakCare believes in and values reconciliation that honours First Peoples of the Land and their rights to what?
  4. The areas of strategic intent stated in PeakCare’s Strategic Plan include (a) Knowledge leadership (b) Thought leadership (c) Value and (d) Organisational capability. What is the area of strategic intent that is missing from this list?
  5. According to PeakCare’s Strategic Plan, what is meant by the term ‘Knowledge leadership’?
Answers to the five questions are to be emailed to

Innovation in safety planning for children and families 

With the vision of Synchronising safe and supportive communities, Commsync aims to achieve a paradigm shift that reconceptualises the community support and child protection system into one that works with the child, family and community as a whole. Creating a non-stigmatising system that shares responsibility is key. 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.

Inclusive education key to future success

Effective and inclusive education programs are necessary for equitable social outcomes for all. This week's In the Read considers the evidence and approaches which support educational achievement. 

The Lifting Our Game: report of the review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools through early childhood interventions commissioned by the state and territory governments of Australia finds that quality early childhood education (ECE) makes a significant contribution to future success, such that children who participate in quality ECE are more likely to complete Year 12 and less likely to repeat grades or require additional support. The report finds quality ECE is also linked with higher levels of employment, income and financial security, improved health outcomes and reduced crime. The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth 2018 Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians shows that among other educational indicators, Australia worryingly trails the OECD in preschool attendance, ranked 35 of 40 nations, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continuing to suffer educational disadvantage from Year 4 onwards. Truly effective inclusive education must offer the opportunity for all students to flourish. Among alternative education models, the Youth Affairs Network Queensland’s report Re-engaging students in education: Success factors in alternative schools finds that current policy does not account for complex circumstances that can cause young people to reject mainstream schooling. The report finds engagement to be enhanced in alternative models through a combination of factors related to the range of curricula offered and the focus on post-school pathways, positive and long term staff relationships with young people and the philosophies underpinning each centre’s organisation, such as flexibility. 

The conversation about education needs to be ongoing and adapt to the shifting landscape of technology and culture. The Doing School Differently Conference, to be held Thursday 28th to Friday 29th June on the Gold Coast, offers the opportunity to advance the national conversation on practice and research in flexible and inclusive education and opportunities for young people facing barriers to 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, youth mental health challenges, and much more. Three exclusive pre-conference masterclasses with the keynote speakers will be held on Wednesday, 27th June. Registrations are now open with a super early bird discount until 27th April.


Neuroscience and self-care: A recipe for resilience
Brisbane - Wednesday, 14th March
Presented by Amovita Consulting

This half-day presentation will outline the latest neuroscience approaches and techniques for quality self-care as a professional, explore the art of bounceability for positive long term health care outcomes in human services practice. The presentation will consider how beliefs and values impact on professional work and how particular techniques can be used to minimise burnout and poor health. Find out more and register.

123 Magic® & Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Thursday, 15th March
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.


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.

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.


Parenting in contexts of family violence and inter-parental conflict:
Implications for practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 14th March

This webinar to be delivered by Child Family Community Australia will explore the implications of recent research on women’s and children’s experiences of family violence and inter-parental conflict. The webinar will discuss impacts of domestic and family violence and inter-parental conflict on parenting capacity and children’s social and emotional wellbeing, and explore the need to develop responses that restore parenting capacity and repair parent–child relationships. Find out more and register here.

NFP State of the Nation Seminar 
Gold Coast - Friday, 16th March

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 Cairnson Friday, 11th May and Brisbane on Friday, 29th June. Find out more and register here.

Bravehearts Hats for High Tea Garden Party
Brisbane - Saturday, 17th March

The annual Bravehearts Hats for High Tea Garden Party charity event is in its fourth year and raises funds for the child protection organisation in an effort to create awareness around child sexual assault. The event will be hosted by Kat and Stav Davidson, from B105. Find out more and register here.

The Skilled Communicator in Social Work:
The Art and Science of Communication in Practice book launch
Brisbane - Wednesday, 21st March

Join Karen Healey, author of new book The Skilled Communicator in Social Work and Christine Craik, National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers for insights into the skills needed for effective communication in tricky situations at West End, at 8.30am. Light refreshments will be provided. View the flyer for more details.

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. Speakers include Peter Hampton from the Fair Work Commission and Michelle Murray, COO of Bully Zero Australia Foundation. View the program or register now.

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 Forum to explore the plans to improve prevention and enhance responses to child sexual abuse. The Forum 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. The conference is offering a substantial $800 discount for an extremely limited time, to take advantage contact Luke Cullimore on (02) 9239 5755 or by email.

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). Abstracts can be submitted here until 30th March.

STOP Domestic Violence Conference 2018
Gold Coast - Monday, 3rd to Tuesday, 4th December 

Save the date for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference, which will highlight, acknowledge and reflect on the efforts of those who have contributed and set the bar for change, providing a platform for a unified voice to share, network and collaborate on the challenges and successes of behaviour change. The conference is currently accepting abstract submissions not exceeding 300 words, with registrations also open for an early bird discount. Sign up for conference updates as they become available.

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.

Family Therapists x 4 - YFS

YFS is recruiting a new team of Family Therapists to deliver an evidence-based model - Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare - that has been proven to generate long-term positive change in families where children are at risk of removal into out of home care. The positions are permanent full-time, based in Jimboomba. Closing date for applications is Monday, 12th March. View more information and apply.

Senior Family Therapist - YFS

YFS is recruiting a new team of Family Therapists, including a Senior Therapist, to deliver an evidence-based model - Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare - that has been proven to generate long-term positive change in families where children are at risk of removal into out of home care. The positions are permanent full-time, based in Jimboomba. Closing date for applications is Monday, 12th March. View more information and apply.

Team Leader, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a full time Team Leader for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, based in West End. The Team Leader role is responsible for providing leadership and management to ensure quality and responsive services are provided to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence to ensure their safety at home and in the community, as well as other organisational goals. Closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 12th March. View more information and apply


Family Support and Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a fixed term, part time Family Support and Advocacy Worker for a minimum of 22.8 hours per week for a 1 year period for the Family Support and Advocacy Team, which supports particularly vulnerable families who are either currently experiencing homelessness, at‐risk of homelessness, and young women who are under the age of twenty five pregnant and/or parenting, their partners and children in the greater Brisbane region. Applications close Monday, 19th March. View more information and apply.

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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