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- Friday, 19th January 2018 -
All PeakCare Members engaged in working with children and young people in care are urged to play YOUR part in ensuring that we listen to and hear their voices. You can do so by actively facilitating opportunities for them to participate in the CREATE Foundation's national survey of children and young people aged 10 to 25 who are in care or have had a care experience.

The 2013 CREATE Report Card – Experiencing Out-of-Home Care in Australia: The Views of Children and Young People – reported on the experiences and views of over 1,000 children and young people from across Australia. It’s now time to discover what has changed or remained the same since then and in order to do so, CREATE is hopeful of obtaining a similar number of survey respondents this time round. To reach this goal, services from all states and territories will need to play their part. At the moment however, it appears that Queensland is lagging well behind other states in its contribution. That’s not good enough – it’s time we lift our game!

Please note that the survey has received ethics approval from Bilberry Limited, a national not-for-profit human research ethics committee certified by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Queensland child safety department’s Director-General, Mr Michael Hogan, has also provided his written support for the survey, which includes his acknowledgement of the ethics approval.
 
To obtain more information about the survey, click here.
 
Children and young people can complete the survey over the phone by calling CREATE on 07 3317 6020 or online by clicking here.
 
The survey closes on Sunday, 28th January.
Feedback on SkillsIQ ECEC qualifications review draft closing soon

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Children’s Education and Care Industry Reference Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee, is undertaking a detailed review of the children's education and care qualifications in response to the 2015 Australian Skills Quality Authority strategic review. National consultation is open for Draft 1 until 14th February. Feedback gathered during Draft 1 will be used to inform Draft 2 material for validation. View Draft 1 and register your comments and opinions online here. For further information please contact SkillsIQ by email or by phone (02) 9392 8100.


ANROWS' young people against sexual violence project launched

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) has announced a new research project with a focus on Young people as agents of change in preventing violence against women. The project will be led by Dr Karen Struthers of Griffith University, with Professor Clare Tilbury, as a collaboration between Griffith University, YFS Ltd in Queensland, and the Ruby Gaea Sexual Assault Service in the Northern Territory. The project will evaluate how R4Respect, a peer to peer respectful relationships program coordinated by YFS, influences the views of the program's youth participants, the actions they take to build more respectful relationships, and the effectiveness of the peer to peer model. For more information, visit the website.

 

2018 QLD Volunteer of the Year nominations open

The 2018 Queensland Volunteering Awards are now open for nominations. These awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer-involving organisations, and promote the importance of volunteering. Find out more or nominate an individual or group in one of six categories here. Nominations close Monday, 19th March.
 

Public Guardian's Excellence Awards nominations open

The 2018 Queensland Public Guardian's Excellence Awards are open for nomination for staff within the community services sector in one of three categories: promoting the voice of a child or young person in decision-making; elevating the rights and/or aspirations of clients in disability funded services; or reduction and/or elimination of the use of restrictive practices by a non‑government organisation. Nominations close Friday, 16th February, and can be lodged online here.


Australian Gambling Research Centre future directions

The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) provides high quality, evidence-based publications and resources for policy-makers, researchers and professionals in the area of gambling. AGRC's research priorities relate to understanding determinants of gambling consumption, as well as measures to prevent and reduce gambling-related harm, including harms to gamblers, families, and communities. For professionals working in community services, gambling can constitute a challenge when supporting families. AGRC has produced a number of resources relevant to the child welfare sector, including this study on the experiences of family members affected by problem gambling, this study on gambling in CALD communities, this study on recovery pathways, and this report informed by the latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. AGRC is currently inviting stakeholders to take part in a survey to inform future research directions and provide a better picture of how their resources are being used. Take part in the survey here.

Bully fighters: resources to help everyone feel safe

This week’s In the Read focuses on bullying. A range of links is included to resources for children and young people; for workers who support kids, parents and carers; and about bullying in the workplace. For those who work with children and young people in (residential) care, it is pertinent to reflect on research commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse about young people feeling safe in residential care: young people said they place high value on competent, experienced, trustworthy workers with whom they feel confident to raise concerns.

Bullying. No way!, created by Australia's educational communities, aims to develop a framework for sharing bullying solutions that work, to use technology and networks to make this information as accessible as possible, and to make sure all students can learn in a safe and supportive school environment. Information is included about supporting children who are being bullied, children who are bullying other children, and children who have seen bullying.

The Queensland Department of Education website has information about preventing bullying and violence, including for children and young people and parents and carers. State schools should have a 'Responsible behaviour plan' that explains how positive environments are created for students and how bullying incidents will be handled. The information for schools includes what you can expect of the school principal when bullying is reported. Information is included about signs and symptomscontacting the child’s school, and tips for how parents and carers can respond and support children. There are also cybersafety resources.

This fact sheet from youthbeyondblue explains what bullying is and isn't, how bullying affects people, taking action, and getting help.

National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) (Alannah and Madeline Foundation) works to advise and inform the Australian community about childhood bullying and creating safe schools and communities, including on the issue of cybersafety. The site contains resources for children, parents and carers, and schools.

The WorkCover Queensland site has information about work-related bullying â€“ what it is and isn’t – what to do about it, and what is reasonable action by management. There is also a link to a Safe Work Australia guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying.

No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming
Brisbane - Monday, 26th February
Presented by Compass Seminars

No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming: How to Make Behaving Positively Possible for People with ASD will be delivered by Scandinavian psychologist, Bo Hejlskov Elvén, who will show how to identify and adapt to the challenging behaviours exhibited by people with autism and other developmental disabilities using the successful Low Arousal Approach. Find out more and register.
 

Tender and Grant Writing
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th February
Presented by Amovita Consulting

Amovita has designed a one-day tender and grant writing workshop to support practical skills and tools needed to decipher, design and submit winning tenders. This training will assist participants to communicate effectively and persuasively about the outcomes you can deliver as a preferred supplier and will explore how to leverage existing and new intra agency collaboration and external partnerships to secure an advantage in the tender process. Find out more.


Tough Conversations in Child Protection 
Brisbane - Tuesday, 13th March
Presented by Parentshop

This workshop helps busy professionals to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where a clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course will explore how to identify the strengths and deficits in parents’ caring capacity, comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation, defuse antagonism during a tough conversation, and identify the important ‘dashboard’ markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected. Find out more and register.

NOFASD Seminar
Webinar - Wednesday, 31st January

This informal conversational webinar with Rose Hawkins and Anne Heath will showcase the FASD Eyebites Cards, a resource for practitioners, parents or carers working with those who have lived experience of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). These unique cards can assist as an everyday tool to support families and service providers in key FASD-informed principles. They are also useful in times of challenge. Find out more and register here.
 

Culture Connect Seminar
Brisbane - Friday, 2nd February

The first Culture Connect seminar of 2018 presented by Konnect Consulting Australia and Aunty Flo Watson will provide an opportunity to hear a number of guest speakers from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community throughout Queensland, including Uncle Des Sandy, with cultural engagement activities including yarning circles and much more! Tickets are strictly limited so don't miss out, view the flyer for more information and to book.


1st Asia Pacific Safe & Together Model Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 7th to Thursday, 8th February

The Safe & Together Institute (USA) and the Berry Street Childhood Institute will be holding the 1st Asia Pacific Safe & Together Model Conference. The Safe & Together Model is an internationally respected approach for working with families impacted by domestic violence perpetrator behaviour. Join David Mandel, the Executive Director of the Safe & Together Institute and creator of the Safe & Together Model, and other change leaders from across Australia, for this conference, and learn about intervening with perpetrators as parents, partnering with adult survivors and promoting safer and more stable homes for children. Find out more.
 

Understanding legal issues in banking, credit, and debt
Webinar - Friday, 9th February

Legal Aid Queensland will be delivering a free webinar for community, health and education workers at 10am AEST on the topic of legal issues in banking, credit and debt including those faced by consumers following Christmas, changes to the dispute resolution process in the financial sector, and debt collection and the change in process by some debt collection firms. Participants can also submit general questions prior to the seminar on the registration form. Find out more or register here.


Working with Men Conference
Sydney - Tuesday, 13th to Wednesday, 14th February

The Working with Men to End Family Violence Conference 2018 aims to work towards ensuring the safety of women and children and, ultimately, ending family violence. This is Australia’s only conference focused on working with men. The conference will explore ways to enhance primary prevention, optimise men’s behaviour change programs, improve work with Indigenous men and communities, and increase collaboration, coordination and integration in the service system to improve outcomes. A must-attend for all who work with men or with those affected by men’s violence. Find out more.

 
NFP State of the National Seminar 
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd February

Registrations are closing soon for the Australian Charity Guide's Not-For-Profit State of the Nation travelling seminar. The seminar will cover valuable content including the current state of the NFP sector, globally and nationally, 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 will also take place at the Gold Coast on Friday, 16th March, Sunshine Coast on Friday, 23rd March, and Cairns on Friday, 11th May. Find out more and register here.


NDS QLD State Conference 2018
Brisbane - Monday, 5th to Tuesday, 6th March

The National Disability Services Queensland State Conference, Finding the Way Forward, will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2018. The conference offers the opportunity to listen and participate in discussions on workforce, adaptive practice, marketing, social innovation and financial benchmarking. The conference is also currently offering Masterclasses at no extra cost to the registration fee.  Find out more and register here.


Legal and practical responses to child abuse - QLD specific
Webinar - Wednesday, 7th March

This course webinar by In Safe Hands: Educators in Safety assists educators, organisations and individuals to comply with their National Quality Framework and other legislative requirements and meet duty of care obligations regarding child protection. It is designed to be used for induction of new staff, and as a foundation or refresher course for those who have not completed recent child protection training. Find out more and register here.
 

No More Harm National Conference 2018
Melbourne - Thursday, 12th April 2018 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. Find out more.



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.

Service Manager (Mackay) - Churches of Christ Care

Churches of Christ Care is seeking a permanent full time Service Manager for their Mackay location. The role will manage day-to-day operations of the Mackay service, with responsibilities including preparing budgets, monitoring financial performance, and human resource management. Applications will be considered as they are received for an immediate start. Click here for more details and to apply.

 
SafeCare Family Educator - Act for Kids

Act for Kids is seeking to fill a full time, fixed term contract at Coomera until the end of 2020 for a SafeCare Family Educator. The role will involve engaging primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement, and delivering the SafeCare model to assist families to become self-determining. Applications close Sunday, 28th January. Click here for more details and to apply.


Family Response Facilitator, Domestic and Family Violence - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a full time Family Response Facilitator – Domestic and Family Violence, a position embedded within Mercy Community Services, Kurbingui Youth Development and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service. This role is responsible for quality service delivery to children, young people, families and the community within the Family and Child Connect Service. Applications close Monday, 29th January. Click here for more details and to apply.
 

Domestic Violence Specialist Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a full time Domestic Violence Specialist Worker 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. Applications close Tuesday, 30th January. Click here for more details and to apply.

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