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- Friday, 31st May 2019 -
Isaiah Dawe is a proud Butchulla and Gawara Salt Water man. His skin name is Yakamarri and his personal totems are the swamp wallaby and grey shark and his community totem is a dolphin. He grew up within the foster care system from when he was 2 months old until he was 18 years old, suffering all sorts of disadvantages and abuse. These struggles are what prompted Isaiah to create the ID Know Yourself company and incorporate his experiences to form the core in enabling success for those young people currently going through the system. Isaiah has studied IPROWD, a course enabling Aboriginal people to enter the NSW Police Force and studied workforce essentials at Charles Sturt University and he also completed his High School Certificate.
To list just a handful of the accolades Isaiah has achieved, he was the 2017 winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the year award TAFE NSW, and the first Indigenous person to win TAFE NSW Graduate of the Year, 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliamentarian - Future Leaders (winner of the major award - positive influencer), the first Indigenous person to become the chair of the NSW Youth Advisory Committee in 2018, a member of the first Indigenous team to sail in the Sydney to Hobart and Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Races and he is well known as a young leader within the Redfern community.
You can read more about Isaiah in this article recently published by The Guardian and in this one published by the Brisbane Times.

Isaiah is also a Keynote Speaker at the
National Child Protection Conference to be held at
Rydges, South Bank, South Brisbane on the 24th and 25th June.
You MUST register now.
Registrations close on Thursday, 6th 
June or as soon as the few remaining places are filled.

ANROWS and Healing Foundation announce new partnership to support workforce development

A new partnership between The Healing Foundation and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) will support Queensland’s domestic and family violence sector. The new service will deliver aim to support enhanced quality and consistency in domestic and family violence service provision and will deliver the first comprehensive workforce planning exercise to be undertaken for the sector in Queensland. The service will also maintain a strong connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through the expertise of The Healing Foundation. For more details, view the Queensland government's announcement.

Minimum wage rise at 3%

The Fair Work Commission has made the decision to increase the minimum wage this year by 3% to $740.80 per week or or $19.49 an hour. The rise will apply to workers who have their pay set by the national minimum wage or a modern award. This constitutes a lower increase than the 3.5 per cent pay rise awarded last year. Newstart payments remain at less than half the minimum wage. 

Extra funding for Queensland reconciliation celebrations

An extra $150,000 has been released for the third round of the Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants program.This will make a total of $250,000 available to support community celebrations across Queensland in 2020. Applications for the third round of the Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants program will open in October 2019.

Managing child safety information follow up report released

The Queensland Audit Office has tabled the performance audit report Follow-up of Managing child safety information. In this follow-up audit, the Audit Office assessed whether the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (the Department) has effectively implemented the recommendations made in Managing child safety information to improve information sharing and security. The Audit Office also assessed whether the actions taken have addressed the underlying issues that led to our recommendations in that report. The audit report concludes that the Department has not effectively implemented all of the recommendations made by the Audit Office in the original report. The audit report also states the Department has taken steps to implement the recommendations and to address some of the underlying issues, and have made progress in improving access to information but not in a holistic manner and security is still an area needing further work.


New guide to support young people developing healthy relationship attitudes

R4Respect is an education and prevention strategy led by young people in Logan and surrounds to prevent anti-social behaviour and violence. Fifteen R4Respect Youth Ambassadors have signed up to create and share messages that promote the values, skills and knowledge needed for respectful relationships and have recently produced a Peer Education Guide for community and youth organisations, schools and other settings where young people can be mentored to promote understanding of what constitutes healthy, respectful relationships.


Free panel session on technological abuse in family violence situations

New research suggests that people accessing family violence services may also experience some form of technology abuse, such as monitoring of their internet usage. If your work involves helping people who are vulnerable or at risk due to family or domestic violence, register for this free online panel session by ConnectingUp, in which you will hear from family and domestic violence experts on recent work to support people experiencing family violence through technology and how technology is being misused – through tech-facilitated abuse and concerns about security and quality control.

Queensland Child Protection Week - save the date for dinner!

The annual Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry. Save the date for the dinner on Friday, 6th September at 6pm - registrations opening soon!

Preliminary program available for 8th SNAICC National Conference

Join friends and colleagues to discuss challenges and share knowledge and experiences in raising happy, healthy and confident children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. At the Adelaide Convention Centre, situated in the southern lands of the Kaurna people, attendees at the 8th SNAICC Conference will celebrate and experience the richness and culture of South Australia’s local communities. Download the preliminary program and registration information for all the conference highlights, registration information including venue information, accommodation options and special flight offers.

Register NOW to attend the National Child Protection Conference – Registrations close on Thursday, 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

Have you seen the latest updates made to the Conference Program? Click here to check out the most up–to–date version of 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.

The 20th anniversary of the Forde Inquiry Report

Today, Friday 31st May 2019, marks two decades since the delivery of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (the Forde Inquiry) report to the Queensland Government, to become the first of three significant Inquiries into child protection in Queensland. The Forde Inquiry stemmed from allegations during the mid’ 1990s that outlined past abuse of children and young people who were in the care of the State. Media attention and public advocacy led to a call for the Queensland Government to investigate concerns of harm in the child protection and youth justice systems. Read more.

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.

Backtrack Boys
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.

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

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.

Child Safe Organisations
Springfield Lakes - Wednesday, 5th June
Presented by NAPCAN

NAPCAN is again delivering its series of free child protection workshops around Queensland. Child Safe Organisations is critical to assist organisations to develop child friendly and safe practice embedded within organisational culture, for any organisation that has contact with children or young people, either directly or indirectly. Child Safe Organisations move beyond safety and demonstrates a commitment to children's/young people's wellbeing. They are committed to creating environments where children/young people experience genuine engagement and agency, can thrive, reach their full potential, and talk about their worries safely and openly. Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is a further NAPCAN workshop 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. Find out more and register for any of the sessions being held in Queensland.

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

Therapeutic work with children who have experienced abuse and neglect - Practice Paper
Brisbane - Wednesday, 19th June
Presented by Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ)

The annual 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.

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.

Picture This 
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.

Voices in Action Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 14th to Saturday, 16th November
Presented by CREATE Foundation

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 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! 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

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.

What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Brisbane - Friday, 7th June

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 3pm at Queen St Mall, Brisbane. Register for the session. Upcoming sessions are also being held at Mitchelton and Zillmere on Thursday, 6th June. 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.

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. 

NDIS Access and Psychosocial Disability Forum
Kingaroy - 
Tuesday, 18th June

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. A session will also be held in Gympie on Wednesday, 19th June.


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.

Legal and Practical Response to Child Abuse (Qld specific)
Brisbane - Wednesday, 26th June

This course 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.

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.

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