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- Friday, 22nd March 2019 -

The conviction and sentencing of George Pell are not matters that would usually attract commentary from PeakCare. Generally, we focus our attention on what’s needed to support families in keeping their children safe and well, and where necessary, the care that children and young people receive if unable to live with their parents for short or long periods of time. In the case of the men – choirboys at the time – who were the subjects of the offences committed against them by Pell, there is absolutely no suggestion that their families were anything less than highly protective of their children and neither man was in the care of the State as a child. PeakCare does however hold an interest in the safety and well-being of all children, especially when the ways in which the various systems, institutions and other entities they encounter during their childhoods have a deleterious impact on their safety and well-being. This starts to bring Pell, the role he exercised and the type of institution he represented into our focus. Moreover, PeakCare’s view is that the repercussions of Pell’s conviction have not yet been fully realised and are likely to spill into many aspects of the child protection system, the roles exercised by governments and their agencies as well as non-government organisations, their relationships with each other and their respective accountabilities.

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New website for family and domestic violence assistance

Family Violence Law Help is a new national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law and where to get help. The website can be translated into different languages and has useful factsheets to download. It also has information about the Queensland Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS), who provide free legal and social support to people affected by domestic and family violence.
 

Invitation for video pitches by young people

Children and young people up to 25 years of age are invited to create a one-minute video pitch to grab the attention of policy makers and service providers who will attend the 2019 Child Aware Conference to be held in Brisbane Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May. The Conference Committee is inviting video pitches in any format that answer the question "What do you need right now to be the best person you can be in the future?" All videos will be assessed by a Reference Group of young people who are working with Families Australia and our Conference Reference Group. All videos that are accepted will be uploaded to the Child Aware Conference website with a selection to be shown at the Conference. The videos must adhere to the Selection Criteria and can be submitted online


First national study of child maltreatment

QUT Professor Ben Mathews will lead a team of international researchers examining the prevalence, health and economic effects of all five forms of child maltreatment in Australia. The five-year study, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, is the first ever to examine the health outcomes and burden of disease caused by child maltreatment in Australia. Professor Mathews claims the study's scope of 10,000 Australians will provide the most comprehensive data to date on details related to exposure and effect, both on victims across the lifespan and to the national economy. Professor Daryl Higgins, Director of ACU’s Institute of Child Protection Studies, considers that a study such as this could provide a national benchmark against which to measure child maltreatment prevention efforts. For further information, contact Professor Ben Mathews.


Discounted qualifications for residential care workers

TAFE Queensland is offering programs to complete a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) at a cost of only $100 for eligible workers. The minimum qualification of a Certificate IV in a relevant field of study is a requirement of residential care workers in Queensland. Please refer to the information sheet provided by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women hereClick here for more details about eligibility for the discounted TAFE qualification and how to apply. 


Hope and Healing Update

The 6th module, entitled Healing, in the Hope & Healing e-learning program for residential care workers has now been uploaded to the e-learning platform for completion within one month. There are 4 more modules to come. Feedback has been that they are enjoyable and helpful. If you wish to provide feedback or make suggestions please contact lleece@peakcare.org.au
 

Child protection and NDIS

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (CSYW), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and PeakCare are seeking feedback about whether child protection and family support providers would like us to arrange further information sessions and discussions about child safety and the NDIS. Previous workshops and information sessions held in 2018 were well received and now that all regions have transitioned or are in the process of transitioning to NDIS, we wondered whether a refresher session or other sessions focussed on particular topics of interest would be useful? 

Please get in touch and let us know of any emerging issues which might benefit from a workshop or any topics or aspects about NDIS you would like to hear more about. Contact Emma Tovell, CSYW; Lenny Dahlen, QATSICPP or Stephanie Fielder, PeakCare.
 

Workforce Futures Strategy - information required from NGOs

The Workforce futures strategy (2019-2022) project is a strategic workforce initiative being undertaken by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to align service delivery expectations of the community to the sector’s workforce planning and development agenda. As part of the project the QFCC is undertaking work to produce a workforce profile and develop workforce futures scenarios which consider a range of variables such as external and internal workforce impacts, labour market conditions, critical knowledge and skills, key occupational groups and more. The QFCC would appreciate non-government organisations providing details (non-identifying) about their organisation including: total number of staff; total number of staff who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; gender; job roles/titles; qualifications; time in service. This information can be provided to Neville Shoesmith, Principal Advisor Strategic Workforce Leadership QFCC, via email, phone (07) 3900 6044, or in writing to PO Box 15217 Brisbane City East QLD 4002.


ARACY 2019 policy priorities announced

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) has launched Our Children: They don’t vote but they do matter developed in anticipation of the federal general election. The guide sets out a range of recommendations for the next Australian Government based on research of need and evidence of what works to prevent problems and improve the wellbeing of young Australians, including: appointing a Cabinet level minister with overarching responsibility for the wellbeing of Australia’s children; developing a National Action Plan for the wellbeing of all Australian children; shaping investments in kids and families based on research and evidence; and a national survey of parents. ARACY will be delivering a special federal election webinar series discussing policy priorities ahead of the election due in May. Upcoming webinars will feature guest speakers discussing their organisation's policy priorities for the incoming government, including Playgroup Australia CEO Fiona May, SNAICC Chair Muriel Bamblett AO, Consumers Health Forum of Australia CEO Leanne Wells, and more. Register for any of these free webinars online. 


What does a Human Rights Bill mean for young people and housing support?

The rights of all Queenslanders are now enshrined in legislation after the Human Rights Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament recently. How does this impact young people in terms of accessing accommodation, housing and support? This will be a key area of discussion at the upcoming PLATFORM 1225 forum on Friday, 5th April presented by the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition with the keynote speaker Aimee McVeigh discussing “When our rights come home – what a Human Rights Act means for Queensland." If we believe in a socially inclusive and fair society, we need to find ways of ensuring that all are included. Come along to hear the experiences and perspectives of a panel of young people and renowned guest speakers including Aimee McVeigh, Cameron Parsell, Nikki Chenoweth and many more! For more details and to purchase your ticket, visit the website or contact Caitlin King.


Free online courses for supporting child mental health

The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health provides free access to prevention and early intervention courses and resources. These courses offer innovative online learning specifically designed to support professionals in health, social or community service setting, who work with children (0-12 years), with adults who are parents or carers, or with families. The modules help professionals Identify, Assess and Support children. Click here to find out more.
 

Congratulations to the Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award Recipients

PeakCare congratulates the 25 leaders from Australia’s social sector who are the recipients of Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 awards. These awards recognise the exceptional contributions to the sector and the wider community made by these individuals. Well done to Pro Bono Australia for conducting the Impact 25 awards and all the very worthy recipients of these awards for 2019. Click here to view the names and details of the 25 award recipients.

Abstract submissions and sponsorship opportunities now open!

Abstract submissions are now open for the National Child Protection Conference being held Monday, 24th to Tuesday, 25th June in Brisbane. This conference is being co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA), the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), and PeakCare Queensland. Visit the website to submit an abstract and your suggestions for the Conference Program no later than COB 29th April.

Invitations have also been issued to PeakCare Members and friends to become sponsors of the Big Week National Child Protection Conference to be hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare in Brisbane on 24th and 25th June. Join Child WiseChurches of Christ CareFoundations CareLife Without BarriersThe Benevolent Society, and YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service that have already signed up to sponsor this event. Visit the website for the details about how your organisation can becomes a sponsor.

The evolution of Sortli

Sortli is an ever-evolving free mobile app designed to assist young people transitioning to adulthood.  The term Sortli, coined by young people, is short for sort out your life. Young people at the CREATE Foundation are the brains trust behind the app, a partnership with the then Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and digital agency KLYP, initially launched in Queensland in 2014. Read more.
 

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

Progress against the National Standards for out of home care - national survey of the views of children

The National Standards for out of home care are a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020. The 13 National Standards focus on the key factors that influence better outcomes for children and young people who are under the statutory care of the relevant minister or chief executive in states and territories. These are: health; education; care planning; connection to family; culture and community; transition from care; training and support for carers; belonging and identity; and safety, stability and security.

Click here to read more about the recently released results of the 2018 national survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the second survey to be undertaken by the Institute reporting on performance against the national standards. 

Parents' voices needed small group forum
Caboolture - Thursday, 28th March 
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

The Family Inclusion Network is holding free small forums to meet with parents who have experienced the Queensland child protection system, and hear their thoughts. Lunch and afternoon tea will provided and transport is available if required. To RSVP, call 07 3013 6030, email rebecca.mann@micahprojects.org.au or RSVP via Facebook. All conversation during the forum will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending. 

 

Family Ties: working with kinship and relative carers
Brisbane - Thursday, 4th April
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

We all acknowledge the principle that children and young people who need care are best placed with kin, if there are family members who can provide safety and help meet their emotional needs. However there are some challenges to be overcome! Achieving positive family contact with parents can be tricky, and research tells us that reunification planning can be more difficult than with non-relative carers. Family of origin patterns of interaction, and longstanding issues around relationships and the meanings attributed to past events, can be complicated. Cultural and customary kinship roles add a further dimension. This workshop puts the spotlight on the particular issues which workers must address for kinship care to work well, and considers strategies to assist all parties to focus on the child’s needs irrespective of ‘family’ issues. Find out more and register

 

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Parentshop

This essential one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers helps to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course teaches a method to: identify and clearly articulate the strengths and deficits in parents’ caring capacity so that parents have a clear future work plan; comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation so that as many facts (as can be reasonably gathered) can be brought to bear in conversations with parents; defuse antagonism during a tough conversation while holding a firm line; and identify the important ‘dashboard’ markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected within a given timeframe. 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.

What is the NDIS and how do i access it
Brisbane - Saturday, 23rd March

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout March. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed from 10am at the Grange Library, 79 Evelyn Street, Grange, Brisbane. There are also a series of upcoming drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS. Find out more and register.


Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Ipswich - Tuesday, 26th March

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland between March and 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. Register now for the Ipswich session, register for the upcoming Brisbane North (Chermside) session on Thursday, 28th March or find out more about other locations. 
 

Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee and immigrant communities: Culturally safe strategies for practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 27th March

This webinar by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will discuss the emerging research on how service providers can ensure appropriate support is available to this client group. It will include an outline of practical strategies to support community involvement and leadership, cultural safety and trauma-informed care. The webinar will also discuss what works to help implement these strategies, with a focus on current examples of practical strategies to address challenges to service delivery in rural and regional settings. Find out more and register.
 

Research in the Round forum
Brisbane - Thursday, 28th March

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is presenting its seventh Research in the Round forum with this year's theme being Improving youth mental health. The free event will feature highly respected researchers who will present their research findings in relation to improving youth mental health. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion to explore the topic further and will include the three presenters as well as Dr Leanne Geppert, Executive Director with the Queensland Mental Health Commission, Ms Denise Wilson, Be You National Education Advisor headspace in Schools, and a QFCC Youth Champion, Caroline. Find out more and register.

 

Child protection update: how our Early Intervention Program can help your clients
Webinar - Friday, 29th March

Community, health and education workers are invited to participate in a free legal information webinar about the child protection system in Queensland and how Legal Aid Queensland can help. The webinar will be delivered by Jessica Beikoff, Rebecca Mullins, and Jessica Dean from the Children and Young People team at Legal Aid Queensland. The webinar will cover the recent legislative amendments to the child protection legislation, as well as information about our grants guidelines and how community workers can help their clients who are involved or at risk of becoming involved in the child protection system. Our presenters will also be available for a live Q&A. Find out more and register.


KENG Afternoon Tea fundraiser
Logan - Saturday, 30th March

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) is a community based not for profit association serving the needs of the local community in Logan City. Among the services KENG offers are childcare, family support, elder support, Immediate Supported Accommodation, Family Hub and Communities for Children. An Afternoon Tea fundraiser will be held in Slacks Creek to support the valuable work of KENG in the community. Tickets cost $40 including nibbles, drinks and lucky door prize. RSVP on 3808 1684 or admin@keng.org.au.

 

5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 13th to Wednesday, 15th May

This annual conference by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family. Find out more and register.


Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Mackay - Wednesday, 15th to Thursday, 16th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. The Forum aims to share knowledge and highlight new approaches on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence. By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence. Find out more and register.


Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. The participation of young people will be a key feature of the Conference.
 

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents. To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system. Find out more and register.
 

International Conference on Youth Mental Health
Brisbane - Saturday, 26th to Monday, 28th October

This conference by the International Association for Youth Mental Health at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre aims to improve mental health service responses for young people, and features presentations for professionals, researchers, service providers, and policy makers, as well as young people and their parents. In recent years, many countries have acknowledged the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12–25 years. Young people will play a core role in sharing their skills, voices and experiences in the conference,  and will be involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. Youth Bursaries are available to support the participation of young people 18-25 years of age, with applications closing Sunday, 24th MarchFind out more and register to attend.

 

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Senior Practice Officer, National Redress Scheme - Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is inviting applications for 2 x AO6 positions as Senior Practice Officers to work in a team with an AO8 Principal Practice Officer to develop OPG policies and processes, and to undertake activities related the OPG’s organisational response to the Scheme.

Applicants are advised that the work of the OPG may expose employees to material that is confronting and disturbing relating to child sexual abuse, institutional abuse or significant trauma. Applicants should consider their personal resilience and coping strategies to sustain working in confronting and challenging circumstances.

Find out more and apply. Applications close Tuesday, 2nd April. 

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