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- Thursday, 22nd February 2018 -

The Palaszczuk government has confirmed that it intends honoring its commitment to introduce a Human Rights Act. The Queensland legislation will be modelled on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act, introduced in 2006.

How much do you know about what a Human Rights Act will mean for YOU, your ORGANISATION and the CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE and FAMILIES who receive your organisation’s services?

Watch these PeakCare videos – A Human Rights Act for Queensland: Needed or Not featuring Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign coordinator Aimee McVeigh being interviewed by PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener and this filmed panel discussion with James Farrell (Community Legal Centres Queensland), Karyn Walsh (Micah Projects) and Janet Wight (Youth Advocacy Centre).

To find out why PeakCare supports the introduction of a Human Rights Act, read our submission to the Parliamentary inquiry that was conducted in 2016 and click here to access the inquiry report.

To show your support for the introduction of a Human Rights Act, print, display and distribute this PeakCare produced poster – let the pictures paint a thousand words. To find out other ways in which you and your organisation can support the introduction of a Human Rights Act, visit the Human Rights Act for Queensland website.


Action on Ice plan released

The Queensland government has released its finalised Action on ice – the Government’s plan to address use and harms caused by crystal methamphetamine to address the impacts of crystal methamphetamine use in Queensland. The plan places 'ice' within the broader context of responding to alcohol and other drugs and has a focus on reducing supply (primarily through law enforcement activity), reducing demand (through prevention, early intervention and treatment) and minimising harm (through specialised programs, services and initiatives). For more details about the plan, visit the government website.

National Close the Gap Day


With the latest report on meeting the National Close the Gap benchmarks revealing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes are still falling behind those of non-Indigenous Australians, it is more important than ever to take a stand together to demand health equality. There are a range of ways to get involved in showing support for this important campaign. View the events taking place nationwide to support Closing the Gap or register your own, and sign the petition to send a message to the government that public support for equality in health outcomes is high. On National Close the Gap Day, 15th March, Micah Projects will be partnering with other organisations to host a free sausage sizzle at West End, 11am-2pm, to provide a forum for all to have a voice in giving feedback and putting forward ideas for improvement. Local community worker and elder, Uncle Sam Watson, will begin proceedings, with guest speakers, live music, and a hands-on art project. View the flyer

Membership and terms of reference announced for cyberbullying taskforce

The membership of the Queensland Anti-Bullying Task Force will include youth leaders, parents, educators, community leaders, and research and industry experts. The terms of reference stipulate that the Taskforce will develop an anti-bullying framework for Queensland consisting of recommendations for community and government action to reduce the incidence of bullying and cyber-bullying by 31st August, informed by public consultations and existing grassroots initiatives. View the membership and terms of reference announcement here.

Enrolments now open for Whats Next OOHC 2018 

Enrolments are open for the Department of Education and Training (DET)'s What’s Next Out-of-Home Care fund, to help young people aged 15–21 who are, or have been, living in out-of-home care take the next step with training and employment. Through the fund, young people can access support in navigating the system to find training and career pathway options that appeal to them, and financial support for study related materials such as enrolment fees, uniforms, textbooks and occupational licenses. Registration is easy via email to with the young person's full name, age, postcode, contact number, and an attached statement from the Child Safety Officer or a support agency confirming eligibility as a young person who is or has been living in out of home care, or consent for DET to confirm eligibility. For more details, view the flyer or visit the website.

QFCC Second action plan 2017-19 released

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released the Second action plan: Strengthening our sector 2017-19 following on from the First action plan 2016-17. The plan profiles best practice for capability and capacity development; leads collaboration across the sector to develop programs, frameworks and tools to support positive change; and identifies future priorities to drive sector improvements that can improve outcomes for children and families. Actions under the Second action plan will be coordinated by the QFCC and partner organisations. For updates on the Second action plan, sign up to the QFCC’s Strengthening our sector newsletter.

CREATE's national survey closing soon

All who work with and care for children and young people must play a part in ensuring that their voices are listened to and heard. Actively facilitating opportunities for children and young people to participate in the CREATE Foundation national survey of children and young people aged 10-25 who are in care or have had a care experience, is one important way to do so. The 2013 CREATE Report Card Experiencing Out-of-Home Care in Australia: The Views of Children and Young People reported on the experiences and views of over 1,000 children and young people from across Australia. It is now time to discover what has changed or remained the same since then and in order to do so, CREATE is hopeful of obtaining a similar number of survey respondents this time around. The survey has received ethics approval from Bilberry Limited, a national not-for-profit human research ethics committee certified by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Queensland child safety department Director-General, Mr Michael Hogan, has also provided his written support for the survey, which includes his acknowledgement of the ethics approval. To obtain more information about the survey, click here. Children and young people can complete the survey over the phone by calling CREATE on 07 3317 6020 or online by clicking here.

Newpin - a Social Benefit Bond for families

During February, In the Spotlight has been sharing articles contributed by the organisations responsible for Queensland’s Social Benefit Bonds, taking a different approach to tackling challenging social issues. This week completes the series, with the Newpin service as described by Uniting Care Queensland. 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.

The importance of integrated responses

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released a paper comparing the policies in place for cross-agency responses to severe child abuse in which a police investigation is required in each Australian jurisdiction. The paper compares each state and territory on characteristics associated with effective cross-agency responses as identified in the research literature, offering insight into what makes multi-disciplinary teams effective, with the jurisdictions compared exhibiting most of these characteristics to a degree. The authors highlight four key areas for consideration to enhance responses, including integration of supportive and therapeutic services, co-location of workers, systemised mechanisms for case planning and review, and governance structures with clear cross-agency protocols. Read the paper here.

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety has released a research report on improving responses to violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women based on qualitative research in three remote communities. Foregrounding the perspectives of Indigenous people who work within the family violence space or have had experience of family violence, the authors found that the meaning of an 'integrated response' differs for mainstream agencies and many Indigenous women, with Indigenous perspectives considering integration as collective processes of community healing grounded in Indigenous knowledge. Two practice examples were identified that provide supportive and therapeutic services, maintained strong inter-agency relationships, and developed long-term 'open door' relationships with clients. Read about the research here.

The Carnegie UK Trust has released a report on an often overlooked vulnerable group: young people who lack digital literacy skills. The authors note that the common assumption that all young people are frequent, confident, able users of digital technology can be highly alienating for the minority who are not, and young people in this position can be too embarrassed to admit difficulties or seek support. For young people who are in further marginalised circumstances, digital exclusion can prevent access to opportunities in employment, education, health care, housing, benefits, culture and social experiences, especially vital during key transition and development periods. The report highlights five case studies in which different organisations deliver insights into learnings around working with groups of vulnerable young people. Read the report here.

Frightened Disturbed Dangerous?
Gold Coast - Thursday, 22nd February
Presented by Compass Seminars

This half day workshop will be delivered by Scandinavian psychologist, Bo Hejlskov Elven, who will explore The Low Arousal Approach to reducing conflict and distress, de-escalating difficult situations, and creating a calmer environment in which care/ treatment can fulfil its task of positive change. This workshop is suitable for all staff and carers who look after, care or supervise young people across settings such as mental health units, residential and foster care, youth justice facilities, and drug and alcohol units. Find out more and register.

Working with migrant and refugee communities in a child welfare setting
Brisbane - Monday, 26th February
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 support cultural capacity and enhance responsiveness to the needs of CALD communities. Find out more and register.

Tender and Grant Writing
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th February
Presented by Amovita Consulting

Amovita has designed a one-day tender and grant writing workshop to support practical skills and tools needed to decipher, design and submit winning tenders. This training will assist participants to communicate effectively and persuasively about the outcomes you can deliver as a preferred supplier and will explore how to leverage existing and new intra agency collaboration and external partnerships to secure an advantage in the tender process. Find out more and register.


For The Record - effective case notes for child and youth work
Brisbane - Thursday, 1st March
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Recording – particularly making case notes – is essential to effective child and youth work but can be difficult to do well. This highly interactive workshop examines the science and the art of recording in various contexts, with a focus on case notes. Learn how to write well-structured documents which achieve their purpose as tools to help protect and support children and young people. Participants will learn to how to record succinctly but effectively, including developing efficient and useful case notes, assessment notes and action plans, and well-supported practice decisions. Find out more and register.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection 
Brisbane - Tuesday, 13th March
Presented by Parentshop

This workshop helps busy professionals to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where a clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course will explore how to identify the strengths and deficits in parental caring capacity, comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation, defuse antagonism during a tough conversation, and identify the important dashboard markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected. Find out more and register.

Ethical decision-making
Brisbane - Tuesday, 10th April
Presented by AASW

This full-day workshop is designed for ethical conduct and ethical decision making, which are ongoing requirements for all social workers throughout their careers, as stated in the AASW Code of Ethics. The workshop contents are based on current research and literature. Find out more and register.

Introduction to the Anti-Discrimination Act 
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd February

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ACDQ) will deliver this training to raise participants' awareness of their rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, through an overview of the key legal concepts and the functions of the ACDQ. For more details, view the flyer or register via email or by phone on 1300 130 670.

NDS QLD State Conference 2018
Brisbane - Monday, 5th to Tuesday, 6th March 2018

The National Disability Services Queensland State Conference, Finding the Way Forward, will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2018. The conference offers the opportunity to listen and participate in discussions on workforce, adaptive practice, marketing, social innovation and financial benchmarking. The conference is also currently offering Masterclasses at no extra cost to the registration fee. Find out more and register here.

What the NCAS is, how it's useful, and what's to come in 2018
Webinar - Wednesday, 7th March

ANROWS, with the support of VicHealth, is hosting a webinar on the National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) for those working in the prevention of violence against women in a range of settings, from policy and practice to education and advocacy. The webinar will include an overview of the NCAS and its findings, a discussion of how the survey can be useful in your work through practical examples, information about the exciting changes and new components of the next NCAS, and a Q&A session at the end of the webinar. Find out more and register here.

Legal and practical responses to child abuse, QLD specific
Webinar - Wednesday, 7th March

This webinar by In Safe Hands: Educators in Safety assists educators, organisations and individuals to comply with their National Quality Framework, ACECQA and other legislative requirements and meet duty of care obligations regarding child protection. It is designed to be used for induction of new staff, and as a foundation or refresher course for those who have not completed recent child protection training. Find out more and register here.

Parenting in contexts of family violence and inter-parental conflict:
Implications for practice

Webinar - Wednesday, 14th March

This webinar to be delivered by Child Family Community Australia will explore the implications of recent research on women’s and children’s experiences of family violence and inter-parental conflict. The webinar will discuss impacts of domestic and family violence and inter-parental conflict on parenting capacity and children’s social and emotional wellbeing, and explore the need to develop responses that restore parenting capacity and repair parent–child relationships. Find out more and register here.

NFP State of the Nation Seminar 
Gold Coast - Friday, 16th March

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 Cairns on Friday, 11th May and Brisbane on Friday, 29th June. Find out more and register here.

Bravehearts Hats for High Tea Garden Party
Brisbane - Saturday, 17th March

The annual Bravehearts Hats for High Tea Garden Party charity event is in its fourth year and raises funds for the child protection organisation in an effort to create awareness around child sexual assault. The event will be hosted by Kat and Stav Davidson, from B105. Find out more and register here.

Breaking the Data Silos Conference: Sharing data for bettter policy and service delivery
Canberra - Thursday, 12th April 2018 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 2018 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.

QCOSS State Conference 2018 - Movement for change, play your part
Brisbane - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May

The QCOSS 2018 State Conference will ask how we can change the stories we tell ourselves to create the future we want? How do we move our communities closer to creating greater wellbeing by challenging how we talk about the world? The event will explore the current landscape 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 we can move forward, explore reforms currently underway, and learn from opinion leaders from different backgrounds and sectors. Find out more and register here.

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

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2018 will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The Conference will provide professional opportunities for input and debate amongst practitioners, policymakers, researchers and academics. Submissions are now open for abstracts of up to 300 words on one 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). Abstracts can be submitted here until 30th March.

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.

Service Manager (Mackay) - Churches of Christ Care

Churches of Christ Care is seeking a permanent full time Service Manager for their Mackay location. The role will manage day-to-day operations of the Mackay service, with responsibilities including preparing budgets, monitoring financial performance, and human resource management. Applications will be considered as they are received for an immediate start. Click here for more details and to apply.

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