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- Monday, 18th May 2020 -

It seems like it took a few weeks only for ‘social distancing’ to become an entrenched term in our vernacular. Will it remain there for years to come or quickly fade away when the pandemic finally ends? Will future generations frown in bewilderment as we recount stories to our grandchildren of the time when social distancing was the norm or will it be for them, a practice that stays embedded within our culture – one that is periodically re-surfaced every time a flu season hits.

It’s interesting to note that, according to Wikipedia, the World Health Organisation suggested that the term ‘physical distancing’ be used during the COVID-19 pandemic in preference to ‘social distancing’. Why was this suggestion not taken up? No idea – Wikipedia can only take you so far in unravelling the great mysteries of the world.

No matter what terms we may use or favour, PeakCare applauds the many creative and innovative approaches taken by our Member organisations in actively assisting children, young people and families to maintain or build their ‘social connections’ whilst also observing ‘physical distancing’ protocols. To celebrate your achievements, PeakCare is running another of our competitions. The first five readers to submit correct answers to these five simple questions (link will download as a Word document) will each win a $30 gift voucher. You have already received a hint about where you can locate most of the answers.

Expressions of interest open for Child Death Review Board Members 

Queensland's new Child Death Review Board to be established under the Child Death Review Legislation Amendment Act 2020 will be responsible for carrying out systemic reviews following the deaths of children known to the child protection system. Informed by the outcomes of these reviews, the Board will make recommendations about improvements that can be made to the child protection system to help prevent further tragic deaths. Expressions of interest are now open for positions on the Board by suitable qualified individuals. A person is eligible for appointment to the Board, if the person: (a) has expertise in the field of paediatrics and child health, forensic pathology, mental health, investigations or child protection; (b) has expertise in litigation relating to child protection proceedings or proceedings of a similar nature; or (c) is otherwise, because of the person’s qualifications, experience or membership of an entity, likely to make a valuable contribution to the work of the board. See the invitation to apply from the Hon. Yvette D’Ath MP Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, view the attached information pack and apply for the position at Smart Jobs.


Changing Tracks action plan released today - ending over-representation is key

A media release issued by Family Matters Queensland today on the Changing Tracks 2020-22 Action Plan calls for a centre of excellence to be developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples based on evidence-based programs that work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to help end the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care by 2037. Family Matters Queensland contends reducing the high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care must be considered an urgent priority. Read the media release or contact Mark Jeffery at mjeffery@peakcare.org.au or 0419 732 582 for media requests.


Invitation to present experiences to the Disability Royal Commission

Those with lived experience of disability or experience providing disability care or guardianship are invited to share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Experiences can be shared through a submission or by requesting a private session with a Commissioner. Lotus Support Services as part of Micah Projects is offering assistance to those who would like to share their stories with the Commission, including direct assistance in preparing a submission, as well as confidential support and counselling. For more details, contact Lotus on 3036 4490 or email lotussupportservices@micahprojects.org.au.


Invitation to participate in focus sessions for QFCC sector workforce environmental scan

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is inviting workforce groups to attend focus sessions as part of the Sector Insights project to inform future workforce initiatives. Non-government organisations, regional, rural and remote service providers, and foster and kinship service providers, are invited to attend specific focus group sessions. A session for NGOs will be held on Monday, 25th May 2.30pm to 4.30pm, a session for regional and remote providers on Tuesday, 2nd June 2.30pm to 4.30pm and a session for carers on Thursday, 4th June 8.30am to 10.30am. The sessions will discuss current and future workforce themes, test and validate initial findings from the environmental scan and strengthen QFCC's understanding around the emerging workforce issues and trends. Representatives from child and young people advocacy groups, community-controlled organisations and place-based and volunteer initiatives are also able to attend sessions. For more details or to register, contact Karl Lacis on karl.lacis@qfcc.qld.gov.au or (07) 3900 6032. 


Extension of closing date for QFCC workforce survey 2020

A key input to the work of the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC)'s work is regular surveys of the frontline service delivery workforce in the child protection and family support system. The findings of the 2019 survey are now available to access as a videosummary report and full report. The closing date for the 2020 survey has now been extended to COB Monday, 25th May. The 2020 survey can be accessed online and all workers who provide frontline services to children, young people and families are encouraged to have their say on how the system is working, including issues such as referral pathways, information sharing and collaboration, and where improvements need to be made.


Parents with experience of the child protection system invited to have their say about caring for children during COVID-19

Parents with experience of the child protection system are invited to share their thoughts and experiences of how COVID-19 is impacting them in an anonymous survey conducted by the Family Inclusion Network SEQ. Were you in the first group that went back to school? Are services and supports there - more or less? Have you had an experience with 'telelink' court? The survey can be accessed online and is completely anonymous.


Tenancy law toolkit for DFV service providers

May marks Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, raising community awareness and sending a clear message that violence will not be tolerated in any Queensland communities. In support of the campaign, Tenants Queensland has developed a tenancy law toolkit for domestic and family violence workers in Queensland better assist their clients understand their rights and options when starting, staying and leaving rented accommodation in the context of domestic and family violence. The toolkit includes the procedural advice in supporting clients facing tenancy issues, including how to approach QCAT, RTA, and the courts. In support of the toolkit, Tenants Queensland provides domestic and family service providers and workers supporting women with DFV related tenancy issues in Queensland with an advisory line at (07) 3708 4833 or roseb@tenantsqld.org.au. Access the toolkit online.
 

Free webinar recording on JobKeeper Payment for charities and non-profits

The Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network and the University of Western Australia recently delivered a webinar on JobKeeper Payment for non-profits and charities accessing the scheme. The webinar considered: eligibility of organisations for the JobKeeper payment, documentation required as part of Australian Tax Office compliance, whether to make use of the option to exclude government revenue from the JobKeeper turnover test, and more. A recording of the webinar can be viewed online and accompanying slides are available. A summary of responses to questions asked during the webinar is also available. In general, ACNC registered charities are generally eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if their income falls by greater than 15 per cent compared to the same time last year. However, in calculating the income difference between periods they may choose to exclude government revenue from their eligibility calculation.


QShelter panel discussion on COVID-19 economic impacts 

QShelter is hosting an online panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19 economic impacts, in particular for community organisations, housing providers and homelessness services. The discussion will address role of housing supply in economic stimulus and recovery. Panellists include leading economist Saul Eslake, UNSW Professor of Urban Policy and Strategy Hal Pawson, with discussion to be facilitated by ABC Brisbane journalist Lexy Hamilton-Smith. The online panel will be held Thursday, 21st May 4pm to 6pm with discounted rates for QShelter members. Find out more and register.


NDS sector update and free course

Disability service providers are invited to participate in new webinar briefing by National Disability Services about important changes and sector updates. This session will also create further opportunity for NDS to hear feedback and queries from providers. The webinar will be held Tuesday, 19th May at 9am QLD time. Find out more and register.

NDS is also offering a free online futures-thinking course to build capacity for disability providers to adapt, innovate and transform in the face of substantial disruptions across the disability landscape. Expressions of interest for the course must be submitted by COB Tuesday, 26th May to Tash Mucha via email at tash.mucha@nds.org.au. EOIs must include: name and position of the course participant, name of disability provider organisation, and a brief statement of intention to complete online course. The self-paced Become a Futurist - Futures 101 online course is delivered by Professor Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies and internationally known political scientist. 


Child, family and community welfare survey on COVID-19 support needs

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) is conducting a survey on support needs for child and family workers to better assist their clients during COVID-19. The short survey takes 5-7 minutes and will close Wednesday, 3rd June. Take the survey online.
 

Bushfire grants Round One now open 

Grants of up to $100,000 each are now available to help Queensland communities recover from the 2019 bushfires. Queensland-based community groups, local councils, non-government organisations, peak and industry groups, and research bodies delivering into any one of the 23 bushfire-impacted local government areas can apply. Funding will support events, activities and programs that drive community recovery activities, increase awareness, and build local resilience. Applications close Wednesday, 3rd June. Find out more and apply.
 

Updated HSQF templates to include human rights provisions

QCOSS has updated its suite of policy templates to support organisations with implementing the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF). The templates have been updated to reflect changes needed due to the implementation of the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019. Visit the HSQF section on QCOSS' website and look for the templates, and supporting documents, marked 'NEW - updated 2020'.

Each week, PeakCare publishes a 'Thumbs Up' and/or a 'Thumbs Down' about matters that have come to our attention and draw either our commendation or condemnation. If there are matters that you think are worthy of one or other of these acknowledgements, email lwegener@peakcare.org.au and we will consider publishing them.

A massive THUMBS UP and PeakCare’s warmest congratulations are sent to Natalie Lewis on her appointment to the position of Commissioner at the Queensland Family and Child Commission. Natalie is a proud Gamilaraay woman and a highly regarded and well-respected leader who has served as a member of the SNAICC national executive, as a co-chair of the national Family Matters Board, and as a member of the Council of Australian Government’s Joint Council on Closing the Gap, the Australian Child Rights Task Force and the Queensland First Children and Families Board. For most of us, she is best known for the role she has played as the CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak over the past several years. Our best wishes are sent to Natalie as she takes up this next chapter in her career on 1st June 2020.

Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach
Brisbane - Monday, 20th July
Presented by Lighthouse Resources

The Nurtured Heart Approach is a simple framework which nurtures and grows a child’s positive sense of self. All children who have been introduced to this approach flourish and learn to appreciate what is great about them. This workshop will encourage participants to change the way we look at challenging behaviours and increase awareness and understanding of relationships. Through an introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach, the workshop will provide powerful tools to improve not only how children and young people views themselves, but also the world around them, so they can embrace themselves and embrace life. Find out more and register.
 

Platform 1225 2020: Truth, advocacy and systemic reform
Brisbane - Tuesday, 17th November
Presented by Queensland Youth Housing Coalition 

Comedian and author Corey White has been announced to headline and MC QYHC's annual forum Platform 1225. Corey joins advocates, academics, young people and practitioners who are committed to social justice, including Dr Lindy Annakin, lead writer of the out-of-home care chapter of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and researcher on whistleblowing in the public interest; Dr Alistair Ping, Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s Graduate School of Business; and Dr Kristy Muir, CEO of the Centre for Social Impact and a Professor of Social Policy at UNSW Sydney Business School. A panel of young people will speak to their lived experience on issues affecting their communities, including Lane Brooks, a 23 year-old Mandandanji man who is passionate about enacting change. Presentations will consider what can be done today to make sure the previous patterns of history are not repeated, and how to ensure ethical practice remains a key focus for organisations and government. Find out more and register.


Key Skills in Family Therapy
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th to Friday, 27th November

Presented by Compass Seminars

This two-day workshop is aimed at practitioners who work with children, young people, adults, couples, families, and/or organisations supporting clients with mental health issues. This workshop aims to introduce participants to core Family Therapy concepts and broaden practitioners understanding of how to view “the client’s problem”, as well as provide practical skills and interventions for use with the client groups with which they work, built on theoretical constructs from systemic, structural, solution focused and narrative family therapy models to teach core thinking and interviewing skills in family therapy. Find out more and register.

Chief Financial Officer - KENG

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) is seeking a permanent, part time (0.6 FTE) Chief Financial Officer as part of the Senior Leadership team working out of the Slacks Creek office. The role is tasked with advising and collaborating with the management committee and manager as well as leading and working with the KENG finance team and wider staff. The role is classified at SCHADS Award Level 6. Applications close 5pm Monday, 1st June. Find out more and apply.


Community Facilitator (part time) - CREATE Queensland

The CREATE Foundation Queensland is recruiting a 4 day per week Community Facilitator for a fixed term of 3 months. The role is responsible for connecting with vulnerable children and young people with a care experience to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. This role will provide information and referral pathways and connect vulnerable children and young people to each other via remote or digital means. The successful applicant must have a relevant undergraduate degree in social work, psychology or other related field. If interested or for all enquires please contact Rachael.donovan@create.org.au. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis so apply now to ensure you don't miss out.

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