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- Friday, 17th November 2017 -
The last week of the State Election campaign period is fast approaching. It is the last week for making sure you are well-informed about the policy platforms of the various political parties before casting your vote and, very importantly, the last week for you to take up the opportunity to influence the thinking of whichever party (or parties) is elected before they take up the reigns of government.
It is a week during which chief executive officers and senior managers of non-government service providers are challenged to fully exercise their leadership roles and sector-wide responsibilities in speaking up and making their views and opinions known to politicians and their advisers about matters that are of importance to the child protection sector. It is a time for community sector leaders to set aside parochial interests and to join ranks in sharing their wisdom and experience with politicians and their advisers about ‘what works’ and ‘doesn’t work’. It is a time – there can be no better time - for leaders to boldly advocate on behalf of the many Queensland children, young people and families who are receiving services from their organisations or may be receiving these services in the future. It is not a time for leaders to be silent.
In this edition of eNews, we remind our readers of the opportunities you are being given to make your feedback, concerns and opinions known to representatives of the political parties. You are urged to take up these opportunities.

PeakCare’s State Election Video Series

Do you work for a Family and Child Connect Service? Or a Family Wellbeing Service? Are you a Child Safety Officer? Or a residential care worker? Do you work for an organisation that supports Foster Carers? Or Kinship Carers? Or are you a Foster Carer? Or a Kinship Carer?
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then you must watch PeakCare’s State Election Video Series. You are specifically referred to or are about to be referred to by either the ALP Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman and/or LNP Shadow Minister Ros Bates in one of the five videos that make up the video series. Make sure you know what they are saying about YOU!
In addition to the introduction to the video series, the videos that have been released so far feature Minister Shannon Fentiman and Shadow Minister Ros Bates speaking on:

  • The progress of child protection reforms since the Carmody Inquiry and their priorities for the future (Video One)
  • Reforming the system while continuing to be held accountable for keeping children and young people safe (Video Two)
  • Disproportionate representation and improving life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families (Video Three)

Watch out for two more videos due for release on Monday, 20th November and Tuesday, 21st November. You can also access the videos via our Facebook page or the home page of our website. You may like to enter comments about the messages conveyed in the videos on our facebook page as some have elected to do or quickly email your responses to All emailed comments that are received will be summarised and conveyed to Ms Fentiman and Ms Bates. Those who submit comments will not be identified unless they specifically indicate that they wish to be named.

PeakCare’s election wishes – comment on our wishes and add your own

Have you read PeakCare’s list of ‘election wishes’.  Have you read the addition to our election wishes? Have you read the comments entered in response to our election wishes including, in particular, these ones – 
‘It is a good opportunity for organisations as well as individuals to comment on the wish list we have generated and/or to add some more wishes of their own. During an election campaign, it is silly to not take advantage of opportunities to impress upon politicians and their advisers the strength of opinion held about issues of importance to our sector. Peak bodies may be able to facilitate this to some extent, but we need the support of our members to do it well. It is not a good time to stay silent. It is an excellent time – no better time – to speak up and be heard.’
‘I don’t understand why more people aren’t entering comments’
Enter your comments today. Please note that email addresses are not published and those entering comments may elect to use their first names only or enter a pseudonym if they prefer to remain anonymous.

Joint statement by social service peaks and sector representative groups

PeakCare was pleased to work with QCOSS and 11 other social service peaks and sector representative groups – Council on the Ageing (COTA), National Disability Services (NDS), Volunteering Queensland, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), Community Legal Centres Queensland, QShelter, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), Health and Community Services Workforce Council and Queensland Alliance for Mental Health - on the development of a statement directed to any incoming government in Queensland.  The statement implores any incoming government to be a government that leads with vision, listens and acts together with our respective organisations’ stakeholders in ensuring the best possible outcomes for Queenslanders. The full statement can be read here.

Support and funding for young people in alternative care arrangements

The Department of Education and Training's What’s Next OOHC fund supports young people aged 15-21 who have been living in alternative care arrangements in Queensland take the next step into education, training and employment. The fund helps young people access free support services, including a What's Next pathways officer who will help the young person find what courses interest them and enrol in their chosen courses before 2018. The fund also offers financial help with enrolment fees and other training related costs like uniforms, textbooks and occupational licenses like a Working with Children Blue Card or the Work Safety White Card. For more information contact the What's Next team at, visit the What's Next website or ring 3513 5393.

Speak Up Workshop

‘Speak Up’ is a free workshop delivered by CREATE that empowers young people aged 14-25 years with a care experience to help change the lives of other children and young people in care. Young people will learn about advocacy, public speaking and leadership, as well as have fun in a positive space to build new friendships. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, 12th and Wednesday, 13th December at the CREATE office at 15 Lever St, Albion, Brisbane. To register a young person to attend, phone Andrew Foley on (07) 3317 6020 or email Don't forget CREATE is also undertaking the largest survey of its kind on the experiences of young people with a care experience across Australia. To participate, young people can call (07) 3317 6020 or visit the CREATE website.

Queensland Men's Interfaith Forum 

The first Queensland Men's Interfaith Forum hosted by Griffith University Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue and JK Diversity Consultants on the topic of preventing domestic violence will be held on Tuesday, 28th November at the Multi-faith Centre, Nathan campus, Griffith University.  Speakers will include men from Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Buddhist faiths. Attendance is free. RSVP by email or phone on 0422 887 579.

Reminder: Holding perpetrators of family and domestic violence accountable CPPAQ Practice Paper

Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian from the Office of the Public Guardian, will chair the upcoming Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) Practice Paper on Tuesday, 28th November at 5pm. The Paper will explore the child protection and family court interface, how behaviours of survivors and perpetrators can be misunderstood and how the system continues to ‘mother blame’; the David Mandel Safe & Together model for working with perpetrators and their families as a new way of conceptualising violence accountability and the impacts of domestic and family violence on survivors and children; and working differently with fathers who perpetrate violence in their families, as embodied in the Walking with Dads Project. Attendance is free for CPPAQ members. Click here to register. Check out this week's In the Spotlight article for an insight into the Walking with Dads Project!

Plan Your Brisbane Forum

Brisbane City Council invites all residents across Brisbane to the the Plan Your Brisbane Intergenerational Forum at City Hall on Wednesday, 22nd November, 9am - 3pm. This free collaborative forum will engage a diverse cross section of the community to explore planning your Brisbane for the future. Registrations are closing soon, so don't miss out, register now. The Forum will include a free lunch, so bring a friend and have your say!

Queensland Young Achiever Awards nominations closing soon

The Queensland Young Achiever Award nominations will soon be closing. The Awards are designed to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Queenslanders up to 29 years of age. Category winners will receive $2,000 from Auswide Bank plus the Queensland Young Achiever of the Year will be taking home an additional $2,000. Categories include the Regional Award, Leadership Award, Aboriginal Achievement Award, Community Volunteer Award, and more! For more information, visit the website or access the online nomination form

Save the date for National Conference on Indigenous Incarceration 2018

Save the date for Tweed Coast Psychology's National Conference on Indigenous Incarceration Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June 2018 at the Mantra at Salt Beach, New South Wales. The Conference will discuss the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in prison in Australia and options for rehabilitation and change, such as healing and rehabilitation centres and raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. First Nations peoples will also be sharing their lived experiences with the criminal justice system. More details will be available soon so stay tuned!


State of the Nation Seminar Roadshow comes to Queensland in 2018

The Australian Charity Guide "State of the Nation" Not-for-Profit one-day seminar has toured to sold out locations around Australia and is now coming to Queensland. The seminar will explore the current state of the not-for-profit sector in Australia and globally; latest trends, techniques and innovations in fundraising; how to develop a marketing strategy specific to not-for-profits; sales in a not-for-profit context to attract donors, staff, volunteers and corporate partners; and best practice customer service. The seminar will be held in Brisbane on Friday, 23rd February 2018, on the Gold Coast on Friday, 16th March, the Sunshine Coast on Friday, 23rd March and Cairns on Friday, 11th May. Registrations are now open so don't miss out!

December marks final sitting for Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will last sit on Thursday, 14th December to publicly mark the conclusion of its five-year role in investigating institutional child sexual abuse in Australia. The sitting will commence at 9.30am AEDT and is open to the public, and will also be streamed live via webcast. The Commission's final report will be delivered to the Governor General on the following day, Friday, 15th December. 

Nominations of candidates to stand for election to PeakCare’s Board

Eight work days remain for candidates standing for election to the three vacated positions on PeakCare’s Board to submit their nominations. Completed Nomination Forms and Candidate Election Statements are due by  close of business on Wednesday, 29th November. Access an Information Sheet for more details if you are considering standing for election.

Don't miss PeakCare's (mostly) spectacular AGM

Registrations to attend PeakCare’s (mostly) spectacular AGM are now being received. Unfortunately, in addition to the AGM, registrations to participate in our traditional post-AGM Trivia with a Twist competition are also being received. It has come to our attention that there is an organisation that will remain nameless intending to register a team of 10 in an apparent attempt to intimidate other teams by the sheer force of their size. They are reminded that this strategy of ‘uniting’ their ‘care’ managers and staff has not worked for them previously and the adage ‘the bigger they are the harder they fall’ is one that they should bear in mind. Please be assured that PeakCare will be taking steps and introducing new rules to lift the level of decorum displayed by the competing teams this year. Hopefully, this will result in fewer displays of aggressive tactics and a much more polite evening overall. 

Click here for a print-friendly flyer.
here to register.
Registrations close on Wednesday, 29th November.

Working with Dads: Balancing the response to domestic and family violence

Historically, Queensland’s child safety response to domestic and family violence, like many of their counterparts globally, often held the non- perpetrating parent and victims of violence accountable for their perceived failure to protect their children in families where a parent, most commonly the father or father figure, was responsible for domestic and family violence.  Queensland is in the midst of trial programs that approach domestic and family violence from a child safety perspective very differently. Read more.

If you have contributions you'd like to donate to the Ice Bank, or know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the spotlight, please contact Lorraine Dupree.

Quality is key for early childhood education

The Mitchell Institute at Victoria University have released a paper examining how Australia is faring on process quality, which focuses on emotionally supportive interactions between staff and children, and effective teacher-directed learning activities, alongside elements of structural quality, such as formal qualifications, workplace health and safety and access to equipment and resources, and broader system quality issues. The paper argues that quality early education is best achieved through rich, sensitive and warm play-based interactions between staff and children, which are informed by structural and system quality measures, such as raising qualification requirements, reducing educator to child ratios and establishing a National Quality Standard, which have long been the focus of reform. In contrast, the paper argues for prioritising the everyday experience of children in early childhood education and the practice of educators in skilfully crafting learning opportunities to inform why changes need to be made to the structural and systemic measurements of quality. When it comes to process quality, the paper finds that disadvantaged children are more likely to miss out on high quality early childhood education and that quality varies more for younger children. Read the report.

FASD resource hub

The National FASD Technical Network has developed an online resource designed as a one-stop-shop to provide current and evidence-based information, tools and resources about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), relevant for all parents and carers, teachers, health professionals, service providers, justice professionals, researchers and policy makers. The hub includes a directory of Australian FASD-informed health professionals, support groups, information on accessing the National Insurance Disability Scheme, links to research and an eNewsletter. Access the hub.

Adoptions in Australia 2016-2017 headline figures

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released an infographic with headline figures from the forthcoming Australian Adoptions 2016-17 report due for release in December 2017. The figures show that in 2016-17, there were 315 finalised adoptions, a rise after a consistent decline in numbers since the early 90s, following a peak of almost 900 finalised adoptions between 1993-96. The report showed that 78 per cent of adopted children were Australian, with all inter-country adopted children coming from Asia, with the greatest percentage coming from Taiwan. The proportion of children adopted by carers rose from a quarter in the previous 2015-16 report to almost half, a record statistic. View the infographic.
Culturally Sensitive Practice in Foster Care
Brisbane - Monday, 27th November

This half-day workshop aims to build cultural capacity for practitioners supporting culturally diverse children and young people in out of home care, foster/kinship care placements. The workshop aims to help participants understand Culturally Sensitive Practice in a child protection context, improve service planning, and support cultural needs. Click here for more details and to register.

Professional Boundaries
Brisbane - Monday, 27th November
Presented by Amovita

Are you aware of your own professional boundaries? Right now you may not be aware of your own boundary framework. The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to have time to become aware of and further develop their own professional boundary framework. Click here for more details and to register.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Toowoomba - Monday, 27th November to Tuesday, 28th November
Presented by Compass Seminars

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) offers professionals an efficient, user-friendly and research-supported approach that is responsive to the practical realities of working with young people and adults. The role of counsellors, and other professionals rests largely on the ability to interact with people in ways that emphasises individuals’ strengths/resources, identifies possible solutions and supports movement to change. Find out more or register now. The workshop will also take place in Townsville on Wednesday, 29th November.

Barriers to healthcare experienced by trans young people 
Webinar - Tuesday, 21st November

Network MindOUT is hosting a webinar which will focus on the issues faced by trans young people accessing mental health services in Australia. The webinar will draw upon experiences described in the Trans Pathways study, the largest survey of mental health in trans and gender diverse young people in Australia. Find out more or register to attend.

How to enjoy being on a committee
Toowoomba - Tuesday, 21st November 

Be involved and understand the legal and ethical requirements of being on a committee. This presentation will explore the structures of a committee or board, the roles people can undertake, legal and ethical compliance, strategic planning and meeting etiquette. View more information or book now.

2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd November

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. The 2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will focus on the importance of youth as champions for change. The breakfast will feature a panel of community leaders led by Kay McGrath OAM discussing the positive role men can play in preventing violence, the importance of teaching respectful attitudes and behaviours from an early age, and how we can educate today’s youth to champion change for future generations. Purchase your ticket now.

Authentic Engagement: The nature and role of relationships at the heart of effective practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 22nd November

ARACY will be hosting the second in a series of parent-engagement 'lunchtime learning' webinars, delivered by Dr Tim Moore, developmental psychologist at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The webinar will explore how best to achieve effective parent engagement by building strong relationships with educators, and will include an interactive Q&A session. Find out more or register.

FRSA National Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th November

The 2017 Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference Connecting the Dots: Creating Wellbeing for All is an opportunity to promote creative ways to strengthen wellbeing across the family life course - by connecting the individual 'dots'. Senator Louise Pratt MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities will deliver the opening keynote address. For more details, visit the website.

Morning tea to commemorate 5th Anniversary of the Queensland Government's Apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices
Brisbane - Monday, 27th November

The Queensland Post Adoption Working Committee will be hosting a commemorative morning tea to honour the 5th Anniversary of the Queensland Government's Apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices. View the invitation for more details.

Brisbane - Wednesday, 29th November

The QCOSS AGM will take place over breakfast at Souths Leagues Club Head Office, Davies Park, Jane Street, West End. Guest speaker Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner will be speaking. Elections will also be held for two positions to the Board. Find out more and register to attend on the QCOSS website.


AASW National Symposium
Hobart - Thursday, 30th November to Saturday, 2nd December

The Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium (AASW) 2017 will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. The theme of the symposium is ‘Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change.’ With over 25 professional development and networking sessions and delegates from all over Australia, the symposium will be a unique opportunity to share current practice knowledge and work experiences, and network with the social work sector’s peers. Registrations are now open.

Trauma, the Brain and Biology: Foundations and Treatment of Trauma
Brisbane - Friday, 30th November to Friday, 1st December

Traumatised people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves. Learn about the neurobiology of traumatic stress and adaptations that hide the 'self' in this two-day workshop delivered by clinical psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MD at the Brisbane Convetion and Exhibition Centre. Read more or register now.

What works in therapy: Translating 40 years of outcome research into strategies for effective clinical practice
Melbourne - Friday, 1st December

This Relationships Australia Victoria workshop will feature international guest Scott D Miller, counselling psychologist, author and co-founder of the International Centre for Clinical Excellence. Drawing upon 40 years of research, this workshop will offer evidence-based factors responsible for therapeutic success, empirically-supported practices and skills to enhance therapeutic outcomes, methods for assessing and enhancing therapeutic relationships with clients and progressing in treatment. Click here for more information and to register.

STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Melbourne - Monday, 4th to Wednesday, 6th December

The official program has been launched for the 3rd annual 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference with over 120 workshops, speakers and presentations. Day 1 Keynote speakers include Julie Inman Grant, Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Office of Children’s eSafety Commission, Ms Jennifer Hoffman, Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, Western Australia, Dr Rae Kaspiew, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Assistant Commissioner, Dean McWhirter, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police, Ms Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria and Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University. All attendees will be able to view all speaker podcasts and PowerPoint presentations after the conference. Scholarships to attend the conference are open until Monday, 30th October. Register to attend the conference now; early bird prices end Monday, 23rd October.

Yarning Up on Trauma
Richmond - Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th December

Yarning Up on Trauma is an intensive five day course presented by Berry St Childhood Institute for those who want to learn practical ways to better work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities that have experienced individual trauma, family trauma, community trauma and historical/cultural trauma. Yarning Up on Trauma uses a holistic model to understand trauma which is in contrast to many Western perspectives which focus primarily on the traumatised individual. In working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, it is necessary to consider not only the impact of trauma on the individual but also on their families, community and culture. Find out more or register now.

Visit the Events page on our website for other opportunities in the sector. You can also email your Professional Development opportunities so that we may promote them through future editions of eNews.
Support and Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects is seeking to fill two full time positions for Support and Advocacy Workers to join the Coordinated Access Team. The position involves providing services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Find out more details and how to apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 27th November.

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