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- Monday, 24th June 2019 -
Queensland’s BIG WEEK commences today with the National Child Protection Conference co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and PeakCare Queensland at Rydges South Bank.

The 2-day National Child Protection Conference will be followed by the Masterclass Workshop led by Professor Cindy Blackstock on 26th June and the 2-day QATSICPP Members’ Conference on 27th and 28th June.

Tonight, we will be celebrating the richness and depth of the keynote addresses, panel-led discussions and presentations plus the record number of people who are attending the conference from as far away as New Zealand . The Conference Welcome Reception will include:
  • A performance by the magnificent Brisbane Pride Choir
  • An inspiring address by the Hon Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
  • The premier screening of the entertaining, but highly thought-provoking What Lies Beneath the Words: the Sequel, a short film produced by PeakCare featuring CREATE Young Consultants and staff from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and QATSICPP, and
  • The drawing of raffle and lucky door prizes followed by drinks and refreshments
PeakCare thanks the many organisations that have stepped up to sponsor the conference including 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.

Our sincere appreciation is also extended to businesses that have generously donated raffle prizes including Australia Zoo, Corpcut Mobile Hairdressing, Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, Knowledge Partner Professionals and Five Star Cinemas. And a very special thank you is sent to PeakCare’s Annika Stehn for her patience, skills and expertise in coordinating this event.

Move out of the way Big Pineapple, Big Bull, Big Cane Toad (especially!) and other Big Queensland icons, Queensland’s
BIG WEEK is here!

Minimum Qualifications Standard for Residential Care Workers updates

In previous editions of eNews we have let you know that TAFE Qld is offering the required Certificate IV to ensure residential care workers meet the minimum qualification standard (MQS) at a very affordable cost. Round 2 is open - click here to register. The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women have also updated their information sheet regarding the MQS to take into account successive rounds – the requirement going forward is to complete the course within the established timeframe for the course. You can see the information sheet here. 

New guide to place-based approaches now available

QCOSS has developed a valuable resource for anyone undertaking or being part of place-based approaches. Place-based approaches provide communities with the flexibility to make decisions that are in the best interests of the people living there. The QCOSS guide and toolkit represents a significant body of work based on the experiences of many people and groups who have been involved in and contributed to the most up-to-date learnings about the value of place-based approaches. The guide is for anyone looking to work in a way that: focusses on the local level, creates a shared, long-term vision and commitment to outcomes, involves working differently together across the community, creates governance at a local level, embeds broad engagement with the community, and gives an opportunity to experiment, prototype, and learn through doing.

Children's Day bags pre-orders now available

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day will be held on Sunday, 4th August. SNAICC is now taking pre-orders for Children's Day bags, containing a weaving bracelet, four fun tattoos, an activity sheet, crayons, Children’s Day bandana and a beautiful book Molly the Pig (Moli det Bigibigi) written in Kriol and English. Bags only cost $6 each including free postage, with minimum orders of three bags. Children's Day has been celebrated for over three decades and is a special time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to celebrate children, and for all Australians to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Order Children's Day bags online or if you would like a free Children's Day poster, contact SNAICC on (03) 9419 1921 or


Child Protection Week Dinner tickets now available

The annual Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner will be held Friday, 6th September at the Grand Ballroom of The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St, South Brisbane. The Annual Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry. The Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will feature as a guest speaker, as well as a CREATE Young Consultant. Kay McGrath will MC, with live entertainment from sisterMISTER. Purchase your ticket now.

Early bird discount for QCOSS State Conference ends soon

The QCOSS State Conference 2019 will be held 12th - 13th September at The Events Centre, Caloundra, Queensland. This year's theme is Leading change together, building on the conversations had in the time since the Movement for change conference last year. Register by the end of the financial year - Sunday, 30th June - and take advantage of substantial early bird discounts (up to $220 per ticket!), as well as ensuring you are part of the conversation about: rebooting the system (structural change); being in service (sector change), and starting a revolution (community change). An exciting list of speakers has already been announced, including keynote speaker Stan Grant, Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and multi-award winning journalist; Caterina Giorgi, Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose; David Moody, Acting Chief Executive Officer of National Disability Services; Scott McDougall, Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland; David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia, and many more. Find out more details about the program or secure your ticket now to avoid missing out.

Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium - Engaging pregnant and parenting young people

The Australian Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium will be held Thursday, 8th to Friday, 9th August in Maroochydore, Queensland. Di Farmer, Queensland State Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women will open the symposium, with headline speaker, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner. Keynote speakers include Professor Ian Hay, Macquarie University; Dr Angelique Howell and Dr Deb Lynch, University of Queensland; and Tiara Ruua and Joanne Furminger, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. Breakout panels will include young parents - graduates from STEMM like Emily and Amanda - will tell us what worked for them, and school principals and policymakers will tell us what can be done. Child minding will be available onsite. Find out more and register.

Better health - have your say

The Australian Digital Health Agency is facilitating a national conversation to develop a blueprint for a more modern, digitally connected health system. Have your say as a consumer or healthcare provider by completing the Better Connections: Your health, your say survey on what you want, need and expect from a modern, interconnected healthcare system. Survey feedback will help to identify new ways to deliver more effective and efficient health and care and guide the development of the National Health Interoperability Roadmap. Written submissions are also welcome by email to or hardcopy to L25/175 Liverpool Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Submissions close Saturday, 29th June.

New PeakCare Membership Fee Schedule for 2019-20 – We Listened To You

PeakCare’s Board has announced a new Membership Fee Schedule for 2019-20. Board President, Mr Darren Young said, “The Board listened to concerns raised by our Members about the old four-tiered system, and have responded with a much fairer six-tiered model that smooths out the increments between each of the tiers. This means that the Fee Schedule is better able to take account of variations in the capacity of organisations to financially contribute to and support the important work performed by PeakCare. For the majority of Members, there will be no or very little difference in the amount they pay, for a few, there may be a small increase, and for others, a significant decrease.” No change has been made to the annual Supporter fee. Membership renewal invitations in accordance with the new schedule will soon be delivered. Organisations and individuals who newly apply for membership for 2019-20 before Wednesday, 31st July will receive a 10% discount.

Congratulations to Community Living Association

Congratulations are extended to the Community Living Association for the Roundtable about Young People with intellectual or Cognitive Disabilities with Complex Needs: Understanding and Supporting Transition held on 21st June. The Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country by Leona Berrie, the presentations by Kathy Ellem (University of Queensland), Leanne Dowse (University of New South Wales), Janice Rushworth (Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women) and Chloe Warrell and Jess Burke (BEROS), and the reflections of panel members – Ian Montague (National Disability Services), Michelle Moss (Queenslanders with Disability Network), Zoe Gill (NDIA) and Janice R Rushworth (Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women) and Lindsay Wegener (PeakCare) all contributed to this being a highly informative and stimulating event.

How parents and advocates can change the child protection system

As the keynote speaker at the Family Inclusion Network South East Queensland’s Global Day of Parents Forum on Tuesday, 4th June, sociologist David Tobis told the story of how parents worked with allies in New York City for over twenty years to bring about dramatic change to the child protection system. There were 50,000 children in the New York statutory child protection system in 1994. Today there are around 9,000 children. 

Read more.

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

Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: What do public inquiries tell us about the state of current policy and practice in Australia?

An article published on 6th May this year by Associate Professor Philip Mendes from the Department of Social Work at Monash University, summarises key messages from recent public inquiries about supporting young people leaving out-of-home care. Mendes cites research showing young people leaving out-of-home care after they turn 18 years of age face many barriers as they transition into adulthood without family support (Campo & Commerford, 2016) and that young care leavers are at increased risk of homelessness, substance use and contact with the criminal justice system than other young people. Young people leaving care are also more likely to have poorer health, education and employment outcomes than the non-care population (Mendes, Johnson, & Moslehuddin, 2011). This has led to calls from various sector advocates, including the Home Stretch campaign, for the age of young people leaving care to be extended beyond 18 years. 

Read more.

Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Wednesday, 24th June
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering two free child protection workshops around Queensland. Child Safe Organisations is a workshop that is critical to assist organisations to develop child friendly and safe practice embedded within organisational culture, moving beyond safety to demonstrate a commitment to children and young people's wellbeing.
Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is for everyone who works or volunteers with children and young people and their families and is subject to mandatory reporting requirements. Upcoming sessions will be held in Jimboomba on Wednesday, 24th June and Saturday, 27th JuneFind out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.

Masterclass Series - support clients affected by child sexual assault
Gold Coast - Wednesday, 26th to Friday, 28th June
Presented by Bravehearts

This 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 and case planning. Day 2 will see participants gain an understanding of sexual behaviour problems, and will provide 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. Registration is available for attendance on one day only or for all three days at a significant discount. Find out more and register.


It Takes a Village: social inclusion and family support work
Brisbane - Thursday, 27th June
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Contemporary child welfare workers know it takes a village to raise a child. We also know that too many of the families we work with remain isolated and excluded from the connections and opportunities they need to create the life they want. This workshop offers a contemporary and practice-oriented frame of reference for the use of social inclusion theory in family support. Clarify your understanding of social exclusion and how exactly it can impact upon the ability of the families you work with to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Consider how to harness the concepts and resources of social inclusion, in practice, to support families in overcoming exclusion and disadvantage. Think through how to help realise opportunity for families and support them to create their own village, within the family support role. 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
Melbourne - 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 provide an in-depth exploration of three key issues identified by children and young people with a care experience as fundamental to improving the out-of-home care system, with the wisdom of lived experience. The discussion will focus on: 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. The conference format will feature a daily keynote address from inspirational thought leaders in the care system, followed by a series of interactive, workshop style sessions focused on applying the insights of young people, carers and professionals to some of the key issues facing our sector. Carers, professionals and sector leaders must attend for a fresh grassroots approach to garnering insight into what works in out-of-home care. Discounted early-bird registration rates are available before 1st August, so be quick to secure your place at this game-changing conference and elevate the voices of children and young people in care. Find out more and register.

Drug and Alcohol First Aid
Brisbane - Monday, 24th June

Q Shelter will present this one-day training workshop that delivers up-to-date, essential, evidence based information about drug and alcohol misuse, effects and treatment options. The workshop is suitable for community organisations, service providers and community members. Participants will learn how to: recognise problematic drug and alcohol use; identify supports and treatments for drug and alcohol use; support people who have drug and alcohol problems, and more. Find out more and register.

What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Nundah - Tuesday, 25th June

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout June. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed 12.30pm to 2pm at Nundah Neighbourhood Centre, 14 Station Street, Nundah. Register for the session. The next session will be held in Sandgate on Friday, 28th June from 10.30am to 1pm at Sandgate Shopping Centre. 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.

HSQF to NDIS: Streamlining compliance with the NDS Quality Portal
Webinar - Tuesday, 25th June

This free one-hour 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.

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.

Implementing programs and practices in child and family services: The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of good implementation practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 26th June

Closing the gap between what we know works and what is being done in routine practice requires a focus on implementation. Implementation is the active process of adopting and embedding evidence-informed programs and practices in real-world settings. This free webinar co-produced by Child Family Community Australia and the Families and Children Expert Panel Project, Australian Institute of Family Studies, will: show why a focus on implementation is important; outline some key concepts in implementation science; describe a framework that provides a map for how to plan for and use good implementation practices; and provide practical examples of these practices. Find out more and register.

Working with cultural diversity
Brisbane - Monday, 1st July

Multicultural Development Australia 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.

Tenancy Skills Institute official launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 2nd July

The Tenancy Skills Institute offers free tools to improve access to accommodation for prospective tenants, increase property management efficiencies and boost the bottom line by producing the best rental tenants. The Institute's approach is to work with community members, individuals and the real estate industry to create better housing options and outcomes for people in Queensland. The Tenancy Skills Institute will be launched with a free information session from 8am to 10.30am at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find out more and register.

Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children throughgh a collaborative community approach
Webinar - Tuesday, 9th July

This free webinar by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will discuss how service organisations can work with Aboriginal communities to increase accessibility for First Nations families. The presenters will explore the practical implementation of collaboration with Aboriginal communities and how this sits alongside traditional therapeutic approaches in non-Aboriginal services to deliver positive outcomes, particularly for infant and child mental health. The webinar will explore challenges and how to meet them, examine current research underlining the importance of cultural competence, provide case studies on practices that have delivered positive outcomes, outline what mainstream organisations should consider when recruiting and training staff for a culturally informed and responsive workforce, and more. Find out more and register.

Working with victims of violence and/or domestic and family violence
Brisbane - Tuesday, 9th July

This free two-and-a-half hour session by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) will provide an excellent opportunity to network with other victim services, as well as enable new staff to learn about DJAG’s Victim Assist Queensland services and for experienced staff to refresh their skills. The workshop will cover practical information about the support provided by the Victim Assist service. Find out more and register.

Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Gladstone - Wednesday, 10th July

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, and in turn support people with disability to participate fully in all aspects of life. This workshop will include information and insight into the NDIA’s new strategy and the planned roll-out of grants in 2019. Register now for the Gladstone session, register for the Rockhampton session on Friday, 12th July, or find out more about other locations.

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.

Area Manager, Sunshine Coast - Centacare

Centacare Family and Relationship Services is seeking a full time Area Manager for the Sunshine Coast region. This position, reporting to the Senior Area Manager, will be accountable for the overall delivery of high quality operations and client services within the framework of Centacare's mission, values and vision. Applications close 12pm Thursday, 27th June. Find out more and apply

Program Coordinator, Brisbane - Wellways

Wellways is seeking a full time Program Coordinator based in the Taringa office. Working with the Regional Manager, Southern QLD, the Program Coordinator is responsible for the day to day performance and development of Wellways' Consumer Directed Supports (CDS) offer within the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions. This position is also directly responsible for the recruitment, induction, development and support of the CDS team who deliver CDS services, including Support Workers, Support Coordinators, Customer Service Officers and Business Development Staff. Applications close Tuesday, 2nd July. Find out more and apply.

Child Safety Program Coordinator, Mackay - Wellways

Wellways is seeking a full time Child Safety Program Coordinator for the Mackay office. This role is responsible for the day to day performance and development of Wellways' Child Safety business within their part of the region. This includes, managing the quality of Child Safety service delivery, managing the reputation and profile of Wellways service delivery within the Child Safety program; managing the Child Safety budget and managing the Child Safety workforce. Find out more and apply.

Coordinator, Practice Governance - Centacare

Centacare Family and Relationship Services is seeking a full time (37.5 hrs per week) Coordinator, Practice Governance for a 12-month contract with possibility of extension. This position, reporting to the Manager of Practice Governance and Research, will provide and resource operations and regions regarding practice governance, service delivery and client risk management priorities within the framework of Centacare's mission, values and vision. The role is classified under SCHDSIA Award Level 7. Applications close 12pm Monday, 8th July. Find out more and apply.

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