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- Friday, 19th July 2019 -

An extremely mixed bag of feedback is being received by PeakCare about the National Child Protection Conference co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare  in Brisbane on 24th and 25th June.

On the one hand, responses to the feedback survey have featured comments such as:


Outstanding keynote addresses by both Stan Grant and Isaiah Dawe; Isaiah and Stan Grant were absolutely amazing! The highlight of the conference; Truly inspiring!

The panel that addressed self-determination by Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in relation to the safety, wellbeing and protection of their children was excellent

What I liked best? The way it provided opportunities for First Nations and non-Indigenous practitioners to share practice, network and create better understandings

What I liked best? The panel discussion on the Human Rights Act

Loved it, will attend again; This conference was a great example of community effort and goodwill producing very high quality without all the bells and whistles that profit driven conference organisers use; Felt like it was genuinely community generated and beneficial;  Congratulations to all involved; It was a pleasure to be part of such a positive experience

On the other hand, responses to the feedback survey have also included comments such as:

It should have been advertised as an Aboriginal Child Protection Conference as the program was very heavily focussed on this… understand they are mis-proportionally in care but there are also many other children in care

I was disappointed that our National Anthem wasn’t played. Why not? Is it because many Aboriginal people do not acknowledge it? Once again the Conference pandered to one group only… no mention of the good work done by workers in the industry, rather they were vilified

Much of what the panel discussed was insulting to me as a worker in the child protection industry. I’m in the business of supporting carers and children after the child has experienced abuse. To suggest that the industry holds responsibility for the action of parents because of historical context is not acceptable to me

Re: Isaiah Dawe’s keynote address: Love to see someone who has been though the child protection system and Aboriginal doing something positive and not just sitting around complaining

The conference used itself as a platform for promoting the newly formed Human Rights Commission… didn’t identify any feedback from presenters or guest speakers that gave the industry some credit for PROTECTING CHILDREN; If Child Safety workers and others from the Industry are hauled in front of the Human Rights Commission, there’ll be a mass exodus from this industry; Can’t help feeling that there are elements of society (particularly lawyers and socialists) who promote the idea of being a victim

The Conference was terrible – very disappointing; Didn’t learn anything – waste of my time 

If you attended the conference and have not yet completed the feedback survey, please do so. The closing date has now been extended to Friday 26 July.

Click here to watch and listen to what Isaiah Dawe had to say after delivering his keynote address.

Click here if you wish to comment on this article – anonymously of you prefer.

Youth Justice Legislation – Public Hearing

Today, Friday 19th July, Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is conducting a public hearing about the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener was called to appear before the Committee. Click here to view the submissions lodged with the Committee including PeakCare’s submission. It was pleasing to see that several PeakCare Members – Anglicare Southern Queensland, Churches of Christ, Life Without Barriers, Mission Australia, yourtown and, of course, the Youth Advocacy Centre, took up the opportunity to lodge submissions. 

Hope and Healing is in the News

In last week’s edition of eNews, we announced that PeakCare and Croomo had been awarded Gold for the Best Learning and Development Project – Wellbeing at the 2019 LearnX Live Awards for the e-learning approach to the Hope and Healing Framework for working with children living in residential care. Click here to read this article, Queensland kids benefit from award winning training published by Mirage News. The report features quotes from the Hon Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener and residential care house manager, Neslihan Mustafa from Silky Oaks Children’s Haven.

Child Safety releases new Strategic Plan

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has released its new Strategic Plan 2019-2023. Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has emphasised, "We must put the people we serve at the centre of our service delivery, involve them in decision-making about their own lives and respect people’s human rights." The plan is informed by "people who receive our services about what they need from us". The plan makes a commitment to four key responsibilities for the Department: the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, especially those in or leaving care; ending domestic, family and sexual violence and abuse; providing opportunities for young people to lead and contribute; and promoting gender equality. 

Free online training for practitioners

The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) has recently developed the Keeping Kids Central program - a free online training resource designed for practitioners who come into contact with children and young people affected by domestic violence. The training is especially suitable for those working in targeted, specialist and mainstream services who encounter families affected by the complex factors that are associated with family violence. Find out more about the training and how to register.

Queensland commences on the Path to Treaty

To mark the end of NAIDOC Week, the Queensland Government signed a historic joint Statement of Commitment as part of the Tracks to Treaty - Reframing the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders initiative. A panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and Indigenous Queenslanders co-chaired by Dr Jackie Huggins AM and Michael Lavarch AO will provide leadership for the initiative. A Treaty Working Group will lead state-wide consultation and engagement beginning in the second half of 2019, as part of developing the Path to Treaty process. An associated discussion paper will soon be released to provide an opportunity for Queenslanders to have their say - keep an eye on eNews to be notified when this paper is released.

LoveBites facilitator updates

NAPCAN reminds all Love Bites facilitators of the need to ensure they are utilising the most recent manual (released April 2018) and resources which were updated following consultation with young people from the LGBTIQ community. As outlined in the Love Bites Facilitators' Code of Conduct, facilitators must attend updated training every 5 years at minimum. NAPCAN recommends doing the training / refresher training every 2 years to ensure you are using the most recent updates and resources to run the program. For more information about Love Bites training and how to get involved, visit the NAPCAN website. Upcoming standard two-day training will be held in Brisbane on Monday, 16th to Tuesday, 17th September, with a new trauma-informed module training on Wednesday, 13th to Friday, 15th November. A refresher course for facilitators is also available Thursday, 25th July.

Port Douglas holiday prize up for grabs

Your next fundraiser could include the prize of a Port Douglas holiday for up to 6 people. The donated prize could be won by any charity that engages Ezybidz Fundraising Solutions premium services by Wednesday, 31st July, for any events in 2019. The lucky charity will be able to use this amazing prize for their upcoming fundraising efforts. The holiday package features 3 full bedroom suites, private plunge pool, and a private golf buggy provided for the entire stay, plus a fully equipped kitchen, wide screen TV, internet, BBQ facilities, sauna, private concierge, and access to the resort pool. Enquire now by emailing and mention the Australian Charity Guide e-Newsletter, to be in the running for this amazing donated prize.

Multicultural Queensland resources released

Multicultural Queensland Month (MQM) is held annually in August to celebrate cultural diversity and the opportunity to showcase and celebrate Queensland's unique diversity and its benefits. MQM online resources have been released to support work, school and social groups to hold their own activities celebrating the value of multicultural Queensland. Visit the MQM website to check out the events calendar, download the resources and find out how to get involved.

Reminder - What do human rights look like in our nation? A question for Australia

In 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) announced the major project ‘Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights’ to identify what Australians consider would make an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia. The AHRC have released an Issues Paper on the human rights context in Australia and posed questions about what the best Australian human rights framework could look like. Written submissions on any of the questions posed in the Issues Paper are invited until Friday, 30th August. 

Advocacy comes at a cost - Being an advocate in change-resistant environments: Professor Cindy Blackstock's Masterclass

Professor Cindy Blackstock is a member of the Gitksan First Nation and Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. As an author of over 50 publications, Cindy has collaborated with many Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous Children. On June 26th Professor Blackstock facilitated a Masterclass hosted by the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) designed to strengthen the voice of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector and further encourage representation and strong advocacy. Read more.

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

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 and we will consider publishing them.

There are no children currently being detained in  the Brisbane watchhouse according to a statement made this week by the Hon Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. PeakCare trusts that this can and will be maintained. 

Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Wednesday, 24th July
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 Townsville on Saturday, 13th July. Find out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.


CBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Working with Trauma Memories
Brisbane -  Thursday, 25th to Friday, 26th July
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

In this training program, participants will be provided the theoretical framework and evidence base for Prolonged Exposure Therapy, as well as being trained in how to implement this approach with clients. At the end of the training, participants should feel comfortable in applying this framework to their client work, and suggestions for ongoing support and supervision will be provided. The training is directly relevant to the CPD requirements under the Medicare Focussed Psychological Strategies requirements for Mental Health Social Workers. Social Workers working with veterans, survivors of torture and trauma and survivors of family and sexual violence will find it relevant. All of the training content is evidence-based and references for evidence and further reading and training will be provided. Find out more and register.


A Therapeutic Treasure Box 
Brisbane - Thursday, 15th to Friday, 16th August

Presented by Compass Seminars

This is a two-day workshop exploring creative and expressive tools for working with relational and developmental trauma. This creative and multi-faceted workshop will explore some of the therapeutic qualities required to support children, adolescents, and adults who have and are experiencing relational and developmental trauma. Following this, a range of expressive, multi-sensory, and practical tools for working more effectively with this client group will be presented. Including focusing on areas such as multi-layered safety, emotional regulation, and resilience. Practical case studies will be discussed; as well as links to how some of these tools can be applied to oneself to prioritise self-care. 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.

Tuning In to Acting Out: Responding to the behaviours and needs of young people
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd August
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

This advanced workshop assumes that participants have a working knowledge of the impacts of disrupted attachment, trauma and loss upon young people in care or disengaged from family. We know that these issues underpin the often challenging behaviour of these young people. But how best to respond? This workshop takes a very practical approach to applying this theoretical knowledge in everyday work with troubled young people. It considers effective behaviour guidance, staying safe when behaviour is extreme, and responding to behavioural crises in ways which apply the evidence about ‘what works’ in addressing the underlying causes of the behaviour. Find out more and register


Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
 Brisbane - Friday, 6th September
Presented by Queensland Child Protection Week Committee

The annual Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner will be held 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.


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. New speakers have been added to the program and 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.

Inclusion Ready: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities 
Brisbane - Saturday, 20th July

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland to 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. The Inclusion Ready Project will conduct a free workshop in collaboration with Multicultural Development Association (MDA) to bring information and insight into the NDIA’s new strategy and the planned roll-out of grants in 2019, specifically for the CALD community. Find out more and register

Working with refugees
Brisbane - Wednesday, 24th July

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

Siblings of children with disability - a workshop for parents
Brisbane - Friday, 26th July

This workshop presented by Siblings Australia will assist parents to: understand the concerns of siblings of children with disability; identify behaviours that might indicate stress; explore factors affecting the adjustment of siblings; identify parent role in supporting siblings; identify other sources of support for siblings; and meet other parents with similar experiences. Please note some NDIS plants will allow reimbursement of registration. Find out more and register.

Working effectively with parents of young children at risk
Webinar - Wednesday, 31st July

This webinar by ARACY will explore findings from a three-year, multi-state study of effective practices. Data were collected through services including home visiting, specialist clinics, play groups and integrated community-based centres addressing a range of early childhood concerns (feeding, sleep and settling, aggressive behaviour, etc.). Findings reveal essential ingredients of impactful partnership, pathways through which professional expertise is put to effective use, and features of innovation and agile practice that take everyday work into frontier territory. These have important implications for interactions with families, reflective practice, and management. Find out more and register.

Tenancy Skills Institute Official Launch Gold Coast
Brisbane - Wednesday, 31st 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 at the Gold Coast with a free information session. Find out more and register.

Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium - Engaging pregnant and parenting young people
Maroochydore - Thursday, 8th to Friday, 9th August

Di Farmer, Queensland State Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women will open the Australian Young Pregnant & Parenting Network 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.

Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd August

The 16th annual Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance will be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is a night of glamour and excitement, delicious food and elegant attire, and in true Micah Projects fashion, it is also a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your ticket now to avoid disappointment - the Dinner Dance has sold out every year for the past six years!

QCOSS State Conference 2019
Caloundra - Thursday, 12th to Friday, 13th September 

The QCOSS State Conference 2019 will have the theme Leading change together, building on conversations had in the time since the Movement for change conference last year. Register by Sunday, 14th July 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.

Home Stretch Symposium
Sydney - Tuesday, 27th to  Wednesday, 28th August

Join friends and colleagues for this monumental event - the first ever Australian symposium on extending care to 21 years. The Home Stretch Symposium will bring together policy developers, stakeholders and implementers to explore and discuss the challenges and complexities associated with introducing the policy of extending care to 21 years. These discussions will be informed by international and national experts in this policy area. The packed two-day program will cover topics including: what extending care to 21 means for young people and carers, different models being used nationally and internationally, the challenges, enablers and experience of implementation, and policy progress in extending care by governments in Australia. Registrations close Sunday, 21st July, so don't miss your chance to attend! Find out more and register.


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.

Policy and Advocacy 2-Day Intensive
Townsville - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th October

This 2-Day Intensive workshop by For Purpose will provide for purpose professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. Participants will learn how to to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. The workshop has been developed for people working in the not-for-profit of for purpose sector. It is for anyone seeking to influence government, particularly people working in policy, advocacy, government relations and communication roles. Find out more and register.

Introduction to the Anti-Discrimination Act
Brisbane - Wednesday, 23rd October

The Anti Discrimination Commission is now known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). The QHRC will be offering training sessions around Queensland's new Human Rights Act, including in Brisbane. The Introduction to Anti-Discrimination Act training course provides a basic introduction to the key elements of anti-discrimination law in Queensland. No previous knowledge is needed. Find out more about the training. Sessions are available in other cities throughout the state.

ACOSS National Conference 2019
Canberra - Tuesday, 26th to Wednesday, 27th November

Early bird tickets are now available for the ACOSS National Conference 2019: Harnessing Community through Effective Action. The Conference will focus on a number of cross-cutting themes, including: how can we harness the power of local community action to influence national policy debates? How should we speak about poverty and inequality to galvanise action, while empowering those who are excluded? How do we bridge the divide between urban and rural communities to deliver better policy outcomes for all? Register before Wednesday, 31st July to secure your place at a discounted rate! Find out more and register.

AIFS 2020 Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 9th to Friday, 12th June 2020

The AIFS 2020 Conference will ask the important question: What makes for a ‘good life’? This seemingly simple question has dogged philosophers, economists, legislators and leaders through the ages. The Conference will explore the idea of a good life for families in the face of rapid social and technological change, at different stages of our lives, and in the context of service delivery and institutional organisation. The Conference is currently accepting presentations, roundtable sessions or symposia on a diverse range of issues affecting family wellbeing across six subcategories. Submissions can be made online until Monday, 21st October. Sponsorship opportunities are also available from $1,000 to suit all budgets. Find out more in the Sponsorship Prospectus.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Coordinator, Practice Governance - Centacare

Centacare Family & Relationship Services is seeking a full time (37.5 hrs per week) Coordinator, Practice Governance for a 12-month contract with possibility of extension. The role 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 at SCHDSIA Award Level 7. Applications close noon Tuesday, 30th 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.

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