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- Friday, 3rd May 2019 -

We have been totally blown away by the number of abstracts and offers received to present 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 at Rydges, South Bank, South Brisbane on the 24th and 25th June – enough to run three 2-day conferences! We are now working very hard to create a program that will allow as many people as possible to contribute to this exciting event.

Attend the conference and you will have access to an array of international and local speakers representing most States and Territories, academics from multiple universities, politicians, researchers, administrators and practitioners from  government and non-government community-controlled and mainstream organisations, young people and parents with a lived experience of the child protection system plus some surprises that we have in store. As with most good conferences, you can expect to be faced with some difficult choices about which presentations or panel discussions you attend.

Details of the program will commence being released next week. In the meantime, make sure you register quickly. The early bird rate concludes at cob today – Friday 3rd May – as does the competition to win one of three free tickets (extended from the original closing date of 29th April).

The National Child Protection Conference is one of three events being held during Queensland’s BIG WEEK. For more information about the Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass Workshop being hosted by QATSICPP on 26th June and the QATSICPP Members’ Conference on 27th and 28th June, click here. Attend all three events and make it a very BIG WEEK!

Record new investment in youth justice reforms

Earlier this week, PeakCare released a ‘Breaking News’ edition of eNews about the Palaszcuk Government’s announcement of a Record new investment in youth justice reforms. Make sure that you read the many and varied comments that have been posted on our website in response to this announcement. Add your comments, anonymously if you prefer, to the strongly held opinions already expressed by many. It’s a way in which you can impress upon the politicians and other decision-makers who read our eNews the views held by members of the child protection sector.

For more information about the initiatives included in the $320 million investment package announced by the Government, click here.

For more information about the strategies particularly directed towards Townsville, click here.

New laws for sentencing of those responsible for the murder or manslaughter of children

This week, State Parliament passed new laws for strengthening the sentencing of those found guilty of an offence relating to the murder or manslaughter of a child. In keeping with recommendations made by the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council, the new laws will redefine the crime of murder to include reckless indifference for human life that will allow certain persons to be charged with murder rather than manslaughter, and introduce other changes that will also increase the length of sentences. A Private Member’s Bill – the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Amendment Bill 2019 - proposed by the Opposition which would have set a minimum non-parole period of 25 years for the murder of a child and established a new offence of child manslaughter with a minimum sentence of 15 years was not passed by Parliament.
You are invited to view the reports by Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on the Criminal Code and Other Legislation Bill 2019 and the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Amendment Bill 2019, in which references are made to PeakCare’s submissions and the appearance by PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener as a witness at the public hearing conducted by the Committee. You are also invited to read this transcript of a PeakCare opinion piece published by The Brisbane Time in February 2019 – the commentary provided then remains relevant today.

Children and young people invited to have their say

Children and Young People Commissioners and Guardians across Australia and New Zealand will soon be coming together for a meeting in Canberra. All children and young people are now being askedWhat do YOU think the Commissioners and Guardians should talk about? What is most important to YOU? Answer the very short online survey to have your input into what the most pressing issues facing children and young people are - and what should be prioritised for discussion. Complete the survey now.

New QCPW grant to support child protection messages in Indigenous communities

The Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) Committee has announced the introduction of the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Grant. NGOs and not for profit groups operating in Queensland can apply for the one off grant payment of $5,000 to help enhance and promote child protection messages within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Find out more about eligibility and apply online. Applications close 17th May. 

National Volunteer Week 2019 

National Volunteer Week is the best time to acknowledge and promote the invaluable contributes of Australia's 6 million volunteers. Join in this nationwide event under this year's theme - Making a world of difference - which also signifies the 30th anniversary of National Volunteer Week. Host an event to thank your volunteers and promote your volunteer program. If you need event ideas, please read the Volunteering Queensland resource guide, and for funding to support your organisation's event, apply for a National Volunteer Week Small Grant, which makes available up to $500 to eligible Queensland volunteer-involving organisations able to meet the conditions of the grant. Applications close Friday, 10th May. 

Early bird registrations open for SNAICC Conference 2019

Early bird registrations are now open for the 8th SNAICC National Conference: Growing up with Strong Identity, Strong Culture and Strong Connection. From 2nd to 5th September, join SNAICC to discuss the challenges and share knowledge and experiences in raising happy, healthy and confident children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Situated in the southern lands of the Kaurna people at the Adelaide Convention Centre, this conference is also a chance to celebrate and experience the richness and culture of South Australia’s local communities. Discounted early bird registrations are now open until 21st June. Find out more.


Reminder - QFCC Workforce Survey 2019 open

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is undertaking a workforce survey to gather information on the experiences of frontline workers and service providers within the child protection and family support system. The confidential survey can be completed online and will take approximately 20 minutes. Further details on the type of information and what you can expect from the survey can be found in the Participant Information Sheet. The valuable insights of frontline workers will help inform the QFCC's recommendations for improvements within the system to achieve more positive outcomes. The survey will close Friday, 17th May.

Registrations to attend the National Child Protection Conference close on 6th June – Early Bird Rate concludes on 3rd May

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).


If you wish to also attend either the second or third of the BIG WEEK events- the Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass on 26th June and/or the QATSICPP Members’ Conference on the 27th and 28th June, click here.

Have you entered the competition to win one of three free Conference tickets?

PeakCare has been inundated with entries into our competition to win one of three free tickets to the Conference, but some have not observed ‘the catch’. Watch this short video to find out if you are eligible to win a free ticket. To ensure that as many people as possible have a chance to win a free ticket, the closing date for receiving entries has been extended to cob on Friday, 3rd May.

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, Foundations Care, House with No Steps, Infinity Community Solutions, Integrated Family and Youth Service (IFYS), Life Without Barriers, Mission Australia, Nature Play Qld, Parentline, True Relationships and Reproductive Health, UnitingCare Community, and YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service. We will continue to receive late applications to become a sponsor for as long as possible.

Visit the website for the details about how your organisation can become a sponsor. Organisations are strongly encouraged to submit their applications to become a Sponsor by no later than Friday, 3rd May. 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.

OUR poverty of ambition

Cameron Parsell is Associate Professor with the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland (UQ). His primary area of research is poverty, homelessness, social services, and charity aimed at addressing social disadvantage. In speaking to attendees of the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition’s Platform 1225 Forum in early April, Cameron spoke about homelessness as our poverty of ambition, noting noted that the responsibility for homelessness and those disenfranchised and excluded is on all of us. Read more.

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

Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May
Presented by
Australian Association of Social Workers

This two-day workshop will help participants understand how psycho-education, and motivational speaking, are useful with particular client groups. The workshop will examine theoretical ideas and explore practical applications of approaches to psychology such as emotional regulation, art therapy, mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and more. All sections will be framed by appropriate discussions and exercises. The workshop will be delivered by Ruth Crowley Brown. Find out more and register.

Parent morning tea - come by for a cuppa
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

The Family Inclusion Network is holding free small forums to meet with parents who have experienced the Queensland child protection system, and hear their thoughts. Lunch and afternoon tea will provided and transport is available if required. To RSVP, call 07 3013 6030, email or RSVP via Facebook. All conversation during the forum will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending. 

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Parentshop

This essential one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers helps to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course teaches a method to: identify and clearly articulate the strengths and deficits in parents’ caring capacity so that parents have a clear future work plan; comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation so that as many facts (as can be reasonably gathered) can be brought to bear in conversations with parents; defuse antagonism during a tough conversation while holding a firm line; and identify the important ‘dashboard’ markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected within a given timeframe. Find out more and register.

Working with complexity: parents with mental health, substance use and family violence issues
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Frontline workers confront increasingly complex family situations where the safety of children and young people is linked to serious and seemingly chronic parental issues. These issues can also complicate engagement, relationship-based practice, goal-setting and planning. This workshop considers practice skills in working with families to make a difference, when parental issues relate to the often concurrent issues of mental health, substance misuse and family violence. This workshop reflects upon frameworks for understanding parental functioning, including complexity and change theory, and considers how best to respond to the needs of children in these circumstances. Workshop content is evidence-based and focuses on decision making which balances safety with least intrusive intervention. 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.

What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Crows Nest - Tuesday, 7th May

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout April. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed from 10am at John French Memorial Library, 1 Thallon Street, Crows Nest QLD 4355. Register for the session. Sessions in Kingaroy and Maryborough are also being offered on Tuesday, 7th May as part of the Scheme rollout, for people with disabilities, families and carers to help them understand eligibility and how to access the NDIS. There are also a series of upcoming 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.

Early Childhood Australia - policy priorities for the incoming Australian government
Webinar - Wednesday, 8th May

This free series of webinars hosted by ARACY outlines some leading Australian organisations' policy priorities for the next Australian Government, put forward on behalf of Australia’s children and young people. This webinar will reveal findings of the Early Learning Everyone Benefits national collaborative campaign, which aims to increase community understanding of the benefits of investing in the early years and increase political commitment for every Australian child to have access to quality early learning. The campaign’s analysis of the policy positions of the major parties against seven Election Priorities will be discussed, including responses to the Early Childhood Candidates Survey, and insights from the National Early Childhood Election Forum. The party policy positions and campaign outcomes will be delivered by Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia. Register here.

Needs assessment: a tool for program planning and community building
Webinar - Wednesday, 8th May

This free webinar hosted by Child Family Community Australia will provide an introduction to needs assessment and briefly describe the process. It will explore and provide practice insights into how conducting a good quality needs assessment can enhance an agency or organisation’s understanding of community issues and assets for policy or service delivery; and build and strengthen community through the needs assessment process. The webinar will be presented by Paul Harkin, Director of Community Development at The Benevolent Society and Jessica Smart, Senior Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Find out more and register.

5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 13th to Wednesday, 15th May

This annual conference by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family. Find out more and register.

Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Mt Isa - Tuesday, 14th May

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 Mt Isa session, or find out more about other locations. 

Injustice of Intimacy podcast launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 14th May

The Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and Brisbane North Community Legal Service invites you to the launch of the Injustice of Intimacy Podcast Series: “How do we overcome the challenges for women who seek help for Intimate Partner Sexual Violence?”, a project sponsored by Legal Aid Queensland’s Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund. In this podcast series women share their stories and experiences and professionals share their practices and insights. The event will be presented by The Hon. Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and The Hon. Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Find out more by viewing the invitation or register now.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Mackay - Wednesday, 15th to Thursday, 16th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. The Forum aims to share knowledge and highlight new approaches on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence. By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence. Find out more and register.


Working with refugees
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th May

Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) will deliver this full-day workshop highlighting practical skills to enhance the services you provide to people from refugee backgrounds within the welfare and services sector. This program addresses service delivery challenges including: understanding and communicating with clients from diverse refugee backgrounds; responding appropriately to needs specific to people from refugee backgrounds; helping people from refugee backgrounds regain their independence, and more. Find out more and register.

Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. The participation of young people will be a key feature of the Conference.

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.

FECCA Conference 2019
Hobart - Wednesday, 9th to Friday, 11th October

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA's role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community. The 2019 FECCA Conference will highlight new speakers, young people and diverse voices that can articulate the challenges that impact on and issues that are important to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The Conference Committee wish to hear from people who have a vision to shape multicultural Australia and continue to lead the conversation on important issues by learning from the past, addressing new and emerging issues, and working collaboratively across sectors to find solutions. Share your bright ideas, innovative and strengths based solutions, and new and emerging issues that need addressing. Abstract submissions close Friday, 21st June. Registration for the Conference is also open, with discounted accommodation for attendees.


International Conference on Youth Mental Health
Brisbane - Saturday, 26th to Monday, 28th October

This conference by the International Association for Youth Mental Health at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre aims to improve mental health service responses for young people, and features presentations for professionals, researchers, service providers, and policy makers, as well as young people and their parents. In recent years, many countries have acknowledged the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12–25 years. Young people will play a core role in sharing their skills, voices and experiences in the conference,  and will be involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. Find out more and register to attend.


Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Family Support Service Coordinator, Child & Youth Mental Health Service - Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Queensland Health is seeking expressions of interest from within CYMHS to fill the position of Family Support Coordinator. The Family Support Coordinator works within the context of a child & youth mental health multidisciplinary team, under the direction and supervision of the Team Leader and Consultant Psychiatrist to recruit, train and supervise Family Support volunteers. The volunteers provide support to families where there is a risk of them entering the child protection system. Interested applicants should forward a brief expression of interest outlining how they meet the requirements found in the Position Description and forward this with a current CV to Bruce Laing, Team Leader, Zero to Four CYMHS at Applications close Thursday, 8th May.

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