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- Thursday, 5th April 2018 -

These are just a few of the comments recently entered into PeakCare’s Facebook page (Beggars belief post) and in response to Lindsay Wegener’s blog Got to be kidding where we reported on calls made by Dr David Gillespie, Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families for more white families to be allowed to adopt abused Aboriginal children.

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Redress for child abuse survivors

In 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recommended establishing a Redress Scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution, including churches, the Australian Defence Forces and cadet schools and onshore immigration detention. The Redress Scheme will potentially provide access to psychological counselling, a direct personal response such as an apology, and financial compensation up to $150,000 on a case-by-case basis. For more information on the Redress Scheme, view the information from the Department of Social Services. The proposed Redress Scheme has received criticism due to its 'opt in' approach. To date, only New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory governments have opted in. This means that non-government institutions such as churches and charities within those jurisdictions, other state governments, and the churches, charities and other non-government organisations are yet to opt in. This includes Queensland. The Community Affairs Legislation Senate Committee Inquiry's report into the Scheme was tabled in the Senate on 28th March 2018, with 11 recommendations, including reducing the two-year deadline for institutions to opt in. In comparison, the United Kingdom Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has recently published its report into the Child Migration Programmes case study, which includes children sent to Australian institutions after World War II. The report criticises the UK government for child migration policies and outlines three recommendations, prioritising financial compensation through a redress scheme without resorting to an opt in system, but recommending awarding every eligible applicant and all surviving former child migrants.

The first ever Queensland Youth Week

The first ever Queensland Youth Week will be held from Friday, 6th to Sunday, 15th April. For young people aged 12-25, Queensland Youth Week is a great opportunity to make their voices heard. The Queensland Youth Engagement Hub (eHub) is a place where young people can connect directly with the Queensland government and peers and have their say about what matters most. Young people can take a survey by The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland on how discrimination has affected them, to go into the draw to win a personal mentoring session with Nicole Gibson, the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Mental Health in history, winner of the Pride of Australia Medal and listed as one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women. View the events registered as part of Youth Week or join the conversation on the Youth Week Facebook page.

Young adults sought for new research into anxiety and alcohol use

Researchers from University of New South Wales and Macquarie University have developed a five-week online program based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for young adults concerned about their anxiety and alcohol use. Inroads aims to find effective ways to help young people reduce reliance on alcohol and develop skills to cope with anxiety and life stressors. Inroads is currently seeking Australians aged 17-24 to participate in a free trial of the program as part of a research study into the program's effectiveness. For more details on how to participate, view the information and consent guide.

Kicbox now available in all regions

kicbox is an app for children and young people in out of home care, acting as a digital memory box allowing storage of information, documentation, photos and memories. kicbox was designed by young people in partnership with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, and is accessible on a mobile phone or via a web browser anytime, anywhere. kicbox has now been deployed across all regions and is now active in every Child Safety Service Centre. All children in out of home care should now have a kicbox account where items can be uploaded. For more details about kicbox, view the Information Sheet or contact the kicbox team.

CPPAQ Practice Paper - Interviewing children and young people

The first Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) Practice Paper will be held Wednesday, 2nd May on: Interviewing children and young people - Lessons from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). The Practice Paper will examine the lessons learned by the Royal Commission in order to shape systems, policy and practice approaches into the future. The session Chair will be Ann Gummow, until recently the Managing Lawyer for the Brisbane division of Knowmore, an independent service giving free legal advice to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Keynote speakers are Bob Atkinson AO APM, Commissioner for the Royal Commission, and Michael Byrne QC, Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions. For more details, view the flyer.

New service finder for alcohol and drug support

The Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA) is the peak organisation representing the views of the non-government alcohol and drug sector in Queensland. QNADA has developed a service finder for the sector, to help Queenslanders find the right types of services for them and to guide practitioners searching for a service for their clients.

National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health established

The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, funded by the federal Department of Health, was launched in late 2017 to assist professionals and organisations who work with children aged 0–12 years and their parents to more effectively help children at risk of mental health conditions. The Centre is a partnership of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network, the Parenting Research Centre and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The National Workforce Centre aims to build the capacity of organisations and professionals who work with children and families to identify, assess and support children at risk of mental health conditions. To build this capacity, the Centre’s website provides access to free training and resources and is being continually updated with new courses and content. For more information about the Centre, click here or subscribe to the Emerging Minds newsletter for updates.

Updated information sheet on child protection legislation

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has produced an updated version of their information sheet on child protection legislation in each Australian state and territory jurisdiction. The information sheet includes the main governing Acts, with a table outlining other relevant Acts for the operation and delivery of associated services.

Play Your Part Award nominations and Child Protection Week art competition open 

Preparations for Child Protection Week, 2nd to 8th September this year, are already underway. Nominations are open for the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) Play Your Part Awards for inspiring work in supporting children and families, with a main prize of $10,000 for a project grant, closing 18th April. Nominate here. Entries are also open for children and young people to enter the National Child Protection Week art competition, with winners receiving $200 and $50 gift vouchers as well as recognition for any artwork used in the campaign. Entries close 18th April. Find out more and enter.

Conferences to support positive changes for schools

The Doing School Differently National Flexible and Inclusive Education Conference 2018 will be held on Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June at the Gold Coast, offering a unique opportunity to advance the national conversation on practice and research in flexible and inclusive education. The Conference will explore topics such as trauma-informed practice, developing individualised and flexible learning plans, case studies of alternative education methods, supporting young parents and their children, improving disability inclusion, and youth mental health challenges. Early bird pricing ends Friday, 27th April so register now to take advantage and ensure you don't miss out. You can even start planning your professional development for 2019, with the date announced for the 2nd Trauma Aware Schooling Conference to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June 2019. Further details regarding the event will be released soon, so subscribe to the Conference mailing list here to stay in the loop.

Young people front and centre from emergency to stability

The growing recognition of young people in non-approved homes has put the Brisbane Emergency Response Outreach Service (BEROS) and the young people with whom they work front and centre in both discussions and responses. Young people living away from the homes approved by Department of Child Safety is not a new issue, nor is it unique to Brisbane. It is an issue for the Queensland child protection system and those nationally and internationally. 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.

Good practice guides available

Dovetail provides clinical advice and professional support to workers, services and communities across Queensland that engage with young people affected by alcohol and other drug use. Among other tools and resources, Dovetail has developed a suite of free good practiceguides for the youth alcohol and drug sector, drawing from workers’ practice wisdom and research in the field. 

The Good Practice Guide Practice Strategies and Interventions has recently been reprinted in an online access version, and free copies are available. This guide provides practical advice and strategies for anyone working with young people using alcohol or other drugs, touching on the theoretical frameworks behind drug and alcohol interventions and providing practical tools for workers to use in their practice. The guide canvasses the importance of the worker/young person relationship, characteristics of effective engagement, principles underpinning good youth outreach, and matching change processes and interventions to an individual’s stage of change.

Other guides are A Framework for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Practice, for guidance on working with young people whose alcohol and other drug use creates significant vulnerability to harm, Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Practice, designed especially for Queensland youth workers, Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People, and Working with families and significant others

To order a hard copy of any of the guides, email with your postal address.

Making the most of supervision
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th April
Presented by AASW

Supervision is an ongoing requirement for all social workers throughout their careers, as stated in the AASW Supervision Standards and AASW Code of Ethics. This full-day workshop is based on current research and literature, and will explore what supervision is, what makes supervision work well, how to build on exisiting strengths and have difficult conversations, and how to manage tensions while remaining grounded in social work values and ethics. 7 hours CPD. Find out more and register.

Are the Kids OK? Assessing risk while supporting families
Brisbane - Thursday, 19th April
Presented by
Encompass Family and Community

Targeted at anyone working in a support role with families and young people, this workshop is a popular favourite which regularly receives rave reviews by participants. All who work with families, children and young people must have as their focus the safety and well-being of the children. An ability to assess the risk of harm, and to recognise both protective factors and indicators of danger, is crucial. This one day workshop provides an opportunity for participants to develop their knowledge and skills specific to work with families where the well-being of children is a focus. Participants will have the opportunity to apply core concepts and knowledge to their own practice context. Find out more and register.

Resolving Conflict and Mediating Outcomes: The Black Ops of Disputes
Brisbane - Monday, 23rd to Tuesday, 24th April
Presented by Amovita Consulting

This training explores the latest research on the impacts of conflict in the workplace, and provides the necessary skills and framework to understand the contexts in which conflict takes place. Outcomes of the training include understanding conflict typology, developing a mediation framework and eight steps for assertive expression. Suitable for HR professionals, program managers, team leaders, supervisors. Find out more and register.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting
Beaudesert - Saturday, 28th April
Presented by NAPCAN

This 3-hour interactive workshop covers essential knowledge for anyone working with children and young people, particularly those covered by mandatory reporting requirements. Topics covered include: roles and responsibilities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, legislative requirements including mandatory reporting, organisational/individual responsibility in responding to early indicators of harm and family support needs, how to respond, and prevention strategies. This workshop will also be held in other locations around Queensland. Find out more and register


Child sexual abuse: issues in practice when working with multicultural communities
Brisbane - Monday, 30th April
Presented by The Oasis Centre

Jatinder Kaur, Manager of The Oasis Centre and Director of JK Diversity Consultants, will deliver this full day training workshop for practitioners working with migrant and refugee clients, to explore the issues in practice when dealing with child sexual abuse in CALD communities. Find out more and register.

123 Magic® & Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Wednesday, 30th May
Presented by Parentshop

This one-day training course that provides skills to teach parents and carers of children aged 2-12 the skills to manage their children’s difficult behaviour. Training includes role play, group discussion, worksheets and videos. The course equips professionals with the knowledge to teach parents the program over three sessions and/or how to teach the tenets of the program in a few one-to-one clinical sessions. Active PD hours apply. Find out more and register.

Overcoming School Refusal
Brisbane - Friday, 1st June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This interactive, one day workshop explores the causes, co-morbidities and treatment of School Refusal in children and young people, along with providing step-by-step plans and strategies for educators, health professionals and parents to identify and address the problem. Combining educational and clinical perspectives, the workshop uses real case studies to demonstrate the varied reasons students disengage from school, and how tailored interventions and return to school plans, can meet the specific needs of individual children. Find out more and register. This workshop will also be held at the Gold Coast on 31st May.


Dealing with custody disputes, relationship breakdowns, family law court and domestic violence orders in the early years sector
Webinar - Tuesday, 10th April

This one hour workshop by In Safe Hands will provide managers, nominated supervisors and educators with practical and relevant information on dealing with conflict within the early years sector where children are involved. Participants will: understand federal, state and civil laws around court orders involving children and domestic violence; develop effective strategies for dealing with conflict and safe response practices; and learn how to respond to the emotional needs of children. View more information and register here.

Breaking the Data Silos Conference: Sharing data for better policy and service delivery
Canberra - Thursday, 12th April to Friday, 13th April

The Breaking the Data Silos Conference 2018 will bring together public sector, university and non-government sectors to explore the current barriers to effective data sharing and how they can be addressed. Participants will be challenged to think more broadly about the hidden value of data sets, and the possibilities of gathering behavioural insights from the data to get a fuller picture. This conference, focusing on public policy challenges and the potential to use data to solve large and small problems in service delivery, will provide a unique learning opportunity. Find out more and register here.

No More Harm National Conference 2018
Melbourne - Thursday, 12th April to Friday, 13th April

The No More Harm National Conference 2018 at Pullman Melbourne on the Park will consider how to address bullying, harassment and discrimination and other behaviours and attitudes that are harmful to others in the workplace, school yard, social situation, interpersonal relationship or sporting activity with a view to finding solutions. This conference is an ideal platform to exchange ideas and learn more from other professionals, researchers and practitioners that work with individuals, groups and organisations with bullying, harassing or discriminating behaviour challenges and outcomes. Registration is open.

NFP State of the Nation Seminar 
Cairns - Friday, 11th May

The Australian Charity Guide's Not-For-Profit State of the Nation travelling seminar will explore the current state of the NFP sector, latest trends, techniques and innovations in fundraising, how to develop a marketing strategy, sales in a NFP context to attract donors, staff, volunteers and corporate partners and best practice customer service. The seminar travels around the country and will also take place at Brisbane on Friday, 29th June. Find out more and register here.

ANROWS Acting on Evidence: 2nd Research Conference on Violence Against Women and their Children
Sydney - Tuesday, 15th to Thursday, 17th May 

The 2nd ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children - Acting on Evidence focuses on translating research findings into policy and practice. The conference discusses new evidence and applications, including in areas such as responding to violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, service provision in complex contexts, data challenges and opportunities, positive interventions for young people using violence and public health perspectives. View the programmore about the speakers or register now.

QCOSS 2018 State Conference - Movement for Change 
Brisbane - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May

The QCOSS 2018 State Conference Movement for Change - Play Your Part will ask how to move our communities closer to greater wellbeing by challenging how we talk about the world. The conference will explore the current landscapes in which we live and work, uncover the big issues and identify the stories that are dividing our community, develop an understanding of the evidence base for change and the current state of play from which to move forward, explore reforms currently underway, and learn from opinion leaders from different backgrounds and sectors. The conference will be hosted by author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer Jane Caro, with appearances by Richard Denniss, Mick Gooda, the Puuya Foundation, Family by Family and many more. View the program, find out more about the speakers or register now.

2018 Creating Child Safe Organisations
Sydney - Tuesday, 29th to Wednesday, 30th May

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hosting a National Conference to explore the plans to improve prevention and enhance responses to child sexual abuse. The Conference will explore future directions, how to implement a child safe culture and framework, how to improve incident reporting and responses and how to equip staff to support child safe environments. View the program or register now.


Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2018
Sydney - Monday, 20th to Wednesday, 22nd August

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2018 is Australia's premiere child and family welfare professional event, and this year will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The program will highlight the continuing endeavour of providing positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Online submissions for abstracts up to 300 words are open until Monday, 9th April on any of the eight themes (child protection, children’s best interests and needs, early intervention and family support, out of home care (including kinship and foster), open adoption, Aboriginal children and families, organisational innovation and leadership, and research, policy and practice). Find out more.

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.

Quality Manger - United Synergies

United Synergies is seeking a Quality Manager as part of their Leadership Team, working out of Tewantin/Maroochydore. The role is required to provide advice to the CEO, leadership and operations teams in the areas of quality improvement and compliance across the activities of the organisation. Applications close 3.30pm Friday, 13th April. View more details and application criteria.

Assistant Director - PeakCare Queensland

Applications are now sought for the new position of Assistant Director at PeakCare from people who are: strong leaders committed to improving the life outcomes of Queensland children, young people and families; strategic thinkers with demonstrated capacity to serve as a member of PeakCare's senior management team; and hungry to play their part in a dynamic organisation that thrives on challenges. View more information about the role. For a copy of the position description, advice about how you can submit an application or responses to any queries you may have about the position, please email The closing date for submitting applications is COB Wednesday, 18th April.

Deputy Director-General Service Delivery/Chief Operations Officer - Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women is seeking a experienced, high quality leader to join the Executive team reporting to the Director-General. The successful applicant will provide strategic and operational leadership and management for the delivery of, and investment in, child safety and family support services, youth and youth justice services, and women’s and violence prevention services across Queensland. Applications close Friday, 20th April. View more information and apply.

Immediate Supported Accommodation Property Manager - Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG)

KENG is looking for an experienced Property Manager to provide high quality tenancy management of the Immediate Supported Accommodation program. The position will support all aspects of the tenancy arrangements including leases, property inspections, maintenance and rent management. Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc. is a not-for-profit community organisation offering a diverse range of programs and services for the Logan community. The position is permanent part time 16 hours per week (3 days). Applications close 5pm Thursday, 26th April. View more information and apply.

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