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- Friday, 29th May 2020 -

As restrictions ease across the nation, policymakers are offered the opportunity to consider how important it is to 'future-proof' public policy for proactively approaching events that can and will occur at one point. One of the glaring gaps in current recovery plans involves capacity to build a framework for resilience by investing in the wellbeing of children and young people.

Entrenched inequalities faced by many have been exacerbated by COVID-19. eNews readers are invited to consider the message of this graphic currently circulating online, depicting three types of social standing. What supports are involved in ensuring each person with different needs is able to fully access and participate in society? The current pandemic has shown how vulnerable many groups are. Clearly, it cannot simply be a matter of levelling inequality after it becomes glaringly apparent. The answer must be systemic reform to remove the barriers that prevent equity in the first place. 

The Every Child - Beyond COVID-19: Build Back Better strategy released this week outlines the nature of a nation building commitment to protecting and raising the wellbeing of children and young people. The strategy involves six main steps, including guarantees of access to education, healthcare including mental health support, family and employment income, and annual accountability on a Prosperous Children Report Card. Many of the conditions that support the wellbeing of children - housing, family income, healthcare, community welfare - will support the health and wellbeing of all Australians. For children in particular, the first 2000 days constitutes a key opportunity to support lifelong health and resilience. Watch the video to find out more about the importance of early wellbeing.

The answer is not 'business as usual' after the current pandemic. Our society is in a unique position to change the course of future generations for the better.

For questions or feedback, contact Freya at Freya.whitehead@benevolent.org.au

Carer allowance extended for young people up to 19 years old 

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has brought forward the commencement date to extend the fortnightly caring allowance for a young person up to 19 years, regardless of their education status, and will be backdated to 29th March. This early commencement is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to minimise unnecessary relocations for young people. The foster and kinship carer information on the Department's website has also been updated with new Q&A regarding the change. 


Updated version of YAC legal information sheet for young people on COVID-19 

In the 9th April edition of eNews, PeakCare highlighted the legal information guide for young people answering concerns around COVID-19, published by Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC). An updated version of the guide has now been released, including answers to common concerns faced by young people, including the rules around leaving their homes and visiting friends and family. The guide also includes information about essential activities such as going to court, going to work or education where the activities cannot be done at home, and links to further resources.
 

Children and young people called to share their experiences on growing up in Queensland

Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is calling for children and young people to share their responses on what it's like to grow up in Queensland. Through surveys, postcards and art activities, the project seeks to gather insights about what is important to children and young people, what their communities are like and their hopes and dreams for the future. There are various options for young people to respond including: youth survey for young people aged 13-18 years; postcard questions for children and young people aged 8-18 years; junior survey for children aged 8-12 years; art activity for children aged 4-7 years. Over 3,900 children and young people have already participated to share their experiences on growing up in Queensland in 2020.


National Reconciliation Week 2020: In this together

Wednesday, 27th May to Wednesday, 3rd June marks National Reconciliation Week 2020, reminding us that we are all #InThisTogether. Share, support and celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2020 by tuning-in to a host of virtual events, and by joining in on the conversation online. Take a moment to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land and choose a social media platform, or the privacy of your own space, to pay respects. Consult the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia for a guide to the Traditional Owners of the Land in your area, and tag the Traditional Owners and/or your own mob plus #InThisTogether2020. On Friday, 29th May, Busby Marou, Alice Skye and more, will be hosted in concert by Christine Anu on her National Evenings show on ABC Radio. Find out more about National Reconciliation Week 2020
 

National Childrens Day - children encouraged to have their say

Children's Day 2020 celebrates the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and our connection to mob, family and kin. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are invited to share the strength and diversity of their voices by sharing a short (up to 30 second) clip saying this year's theme: We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice, to be included as part of Children's Day promotions, including a new TV ad. Find out more.
 

Young people require more support during the pandemic, finds YANQ survey of COVID-19 impacts on youth sector

Responses to Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ)'s survey of COVID-19 impacts on the youth sector show that increasing numbers of young people demonstrate higher support needs during the pandemic, with specific needs for transport, emergency accommodation and food. Responses from workers cite concerns about keeping in contact with young people with reduced face-to-face time, and administration issues such as not being able to access client files and lack of resources when working from home. Services experiencing higher demand include food banks, mental health resources, domestic and family violence support, and family mediation. Overall, respondents noted a high level of need for additional resources, support and funding. Read the survey responses. An online meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 27th May at 11am for Queensland youth sector members to discuss how the youth sector can collectively respond to the pandemic. To register, email director@yanq.org.au.
 

Free online forum to celebrate parents on UN Global Day of Parents

Join Family Inclusion Network to recognise the shared strength of parents as part of UN Global Day of Parents celebrations. UN Global Day of Parents is held annually to honour parents and parental figures and their commitment to supporting, protecting and caring for children. The free online forum on Thursday, 4th June at 11am will explore how the shared strength, insight, creativity, and humour of parents is changing child and family welfare practice in Queensland. The Hon Di Farmer, MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will be in conversation with parents during the forum. Find out more and register.


QCPW planning update and nominations for Awards closing soon 

Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) planning is full steam ahead. Award nominations closing Friday, 29th May. New categories this year include Thriving Communities Initiative for community initiatives focused on enhancing child protection, Transition 2 Success Initiative for outstanding young person or outstanding contribution made by local community groups or local business to get the best outcomes for young people 15 and over who are involved in the youth justice system or at risk of entering it, and the Child Safe Organisation Award for outstanding implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations to protect children from harm, and/or creating an organisational culture that fosters child safety and wellbeing. This year represents a special opportunity to celebrate the challenges and opportunities of work achieved in the child protection sector, and nominations for new categories is strongly encouraged. Find out more and apply.


Reforming the system to support youth mental health

The University of Sydney’s has launched YOUTHe, a five-year Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in suicide prevention for young people. The initiative comes as online and phone counselling services for young Australians face unprecedented demand during COVID-19. The Centre combines evidence-based research with unique modelling techniques to plan, implement and evaluate emerging technologies to better support youth mental health. It aims to give every young person presenting with suicidal behaviour access to evidence-based, personalised and ongoing health care. Find out more.


NDS weekly sector update

Disability service providers are invited to participate in new weekly webinar briefing by National Disability Services about important changes and sector updates in light of the changing landscape resulting from COVID-19. The NDS - Fast Facts sessions will create further opportunity for NDS to hear feedback and queries from providers. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for Tuesday 2nd June at 10am, and Tuesday 9th June at 10am.
 

New COVID-19 helpline for people with disability and their carers

The Federal Department of Social Services has established a new helpline offering information and referrals for people with disability and their supporters about Coronavirus on 1800 643 787. The helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). A live chat function is also available on the website. Find out more.


New fact sheet: supporting people with disability during COVID-19

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has issued a fact sheet supporting the understanding of Queensland Health's latest public health directions to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community. The fact sheet outlines how directions no. 2, no. 5 and no. 10 apply to people with disability, organisations, workers and volunteers providing support services to people with disability in Queensland under Stage 1 of the Roadmap to easing restrictions. View the fact sheet.


Join the Pyjama Foundation for National Pyjama Day 2020

Join friends, colleagues and classmates on the comfiest day of the year, Friday 17th July (or select a day that suits your school or workplace) and support children and young people in foster and kinship care by participating in National Pyjama Day 2020. Create a fundraising page today on the National Pyjama Day website to encourage donations in support of your chosen activity and receive a free Pyjama Day host kit, or sign up for the #InMyPJs challenge to go about your daily activities in your pyjamas and share on social media to let the world know about the cause. Find out more
 

Queensland Community Achievement Awards now open

Nominations are now open for the Queensland Community Achievement Awards 2020, designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout Queensland. Categories include Community Hero Award, Community Group of the Year Award, Safety Award, and more. Find out more and nominate


COVID-19 impacts on individuals, families and service delivery

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is conducting the 2020 National Education Survey on the educational needs of children and young people with disability, directly from children and young people and their carers. This year the survey will also consider the impact of COVID-19 on education. The survey is strictly confidential and collects no identifying information. Take the survey.

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) are conducting a 5-minute survey of child, family and community welfare professionals on service delivery needs during COVID-19. The survey aims to understand evidence, information and resource needs during COVID-19, and how CFCA and Expert Panel can assist in meeting these needs. The survey will close Wednesday, 3rd June. Take the survey.

For parents, carers and families, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is conducting the Life During COVID-19 survey to understand how Australians are coping with and adjusting to the Coronavirus pandemic. Responses are invited from every person in every type of Australian family, over the age of 18. Take the survey.

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre has created a short, anonymous online survey to measure gender-based violence and help-seeking behaviours during the COVID-19 crisis. The researchers are interested in how frontline workers providing support for women experiencing violence are adapting services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take the survey.

Curtin University and Women's Services Network (WESNET) are conducting a survey of practitioners on how they see technology being used in domestic and family violence. The survey is open to practitioners from organisations focused on supporting women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence. Take the survey.

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.


THUMBS UP to the Every Child Campaign for its initiative in developing and promoting the Beyond COVID-19: Build Back Better strategy. Thank you to all who have contributed their wisdom, imagination and creativity to the development of this strategy. Make sure you play your part in promoting this vision for a better future.

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.


Child Safe Organisation Workshop
Online - various dates

Presented by NAPCAN

NAPCAN is delivering free half-day Child Safe Organisations workshops, suitable for any organisation working directly or indirectly with children. The workshops are currently being delivered online via Zoom and have been very well received by a range of participants including early childhood centres, schools, sports and recreational groups, faith-based organisations, youth groups, out-of-home-care workers, and health organisations. Ten online sessions are currently scheduled for June to August, including evening and weekend sessions. Face-to-face workshops are scheduled for fourth quarter in Caboolture, Townsville, Mount Isa and Emerald (restrictions permitting). Find out more and register.

Preventing and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace
Webinar - Tuesday, 26th May

ANROWS and the Australian Human Rights Commission will deliver a webinar exploring the gendered and intersectional nature of workplace harassment, and how policies can be developed to create safe and inclusive workplaces. The panel will include: Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, OurWatch CEO Patty Kinnersly, Senior Industrial Liaison Officer at Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre Claire Pirrett, and ANROWS CEO Heather Nancarrow. The panel will discuss findings from a report from the AHRC Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces and will answer questions from the live audience. Find out more and register.


Preparing young people to leave care during COVID-19
Webinar - Wednesday, 27th May

In the wake of COVID-19, there is growing concern that young people leaving care will face even greater challenges. CFCA will host this webinar, presented by Philip Mendes and Jacinta Waugh, on strategies to strengthen young people’s social capital and improve their social and emotional wellbeing. Past CFCA webinars have explored related challenges, including young people’s experiences of leaving care and how they could be better supported by extending care. Recognising the increased risks of social isolation and psychological stress during the pandemic, this webinar will consider how best to support young people transitioning during this challenging time. Find out more and register.


QFCC sector workforce scan focus group sessions
Online - various dates

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 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. 
 

Youth Futures Summit into Employment and Transitions 2020
Online - Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th August

The National Youth Commission has rescheduled the Youth Futures Summit 2020 to August. Every young person deserves access to education, employment and a future in which they can thrive. But they are growing up in a world that is ill-equipped for the future of work, for the changing economy, for the climate crisis. The Summit will call sector representatives to collectively highlight the way forward, working together across education, VET, and industry, and with young people to form a new plan for their transitions into life and the future of work. Find out more and register.
 

AIFS 2021 Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 15th to Friday, 18th June 2021

Following the postponement of the 2020 AIFS Conference, a new date has been set in 2021 for an unparalleled conference experience. Save the date for attending at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference will reflect on the social and economic impacts on families. What have we learnt about the challenges and the opportunities to support families with better policy and service systems in a rapidly changing world? Keep on eye on Conference updates for registrations and confirmed speakers.

Principal Researcher and Coordinator - Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit 

A fixed term (until 31st December 2020 with possibility of extension) full time Brisbane-based role as Principal Researcher and Coordinator (AO7) is now open with the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit in the Coroners Court of Queensland. The successful applicant will provide specialist assistance to Coroners in their investigations of domestic and family violence related homicides and suicides, as well as child protection related deaths under the Coroners Act 2003. For more information, or to apply, please contact Jordan.Cotter@justice.qld.gov.au. Applications close Friday, 29th May.
 

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.
 

Fixed Intake Worker, BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Fixed Intake Worker for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) for initial intake and assessment of incoming referrals, working out of the West End office. This is a fixed-term, part time position to February 2021, with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week and is classified under the SCHADS Award as a Level 4. Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 3rd June. Find out more and apply.

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