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- Wednesday, 14th February 2018 -

On 13th February 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly to the Stolen Generations whose lives and the lives of their family members were impacted by past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation. The apology recognised the trauma caused by past child removals and the depth of responsibility held by all levels of government to ensuring current generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children realise their fundamental rights to grow up safe and surrounded by family, community and culture. Read or listen to the Apology, a defining moment in Australian history, from the National Museum Australia site.
Go to In the Read to find out more about the national inquiries that were the drivers for the Apology and to read commentary by Family Matters released on the eve of the Apology’s 10th anniversary.
How far have we come as a nation in making sure that injustices of the past will never, never happen again?

 New easy to read information booklet from Legal Aid Queensland 

Service providers are encouraged to make available the new easy-to-read version of the Get legal help (Easy English) booklet from Legal Aid Queensland. The free booklet is developed with easy to understand language and pictures for those with trouble reading or understanding English, and provides a step-by-step guide for how to access help with different legal issues, including domestic and family violence, child support, talking to police, managing money, going to court, and facing discrimination. The booklet can also be ordered online for free delivery.

Data reveals over half of young people who were victims of bullying, also bullied others

Data from a Kids Helpline survey shows over half (52%) of children and young people who claimed they cyberbullied others, were also cyberbullied themselves. Name calling (77%), rumours (71%), and exclusion (65%) were the most common forms of bullying reported. The findings highlight the multifaceted nature of bullying, with the young people involved saying they bullied as an attempt to seek justice for being bullied. The researchers contend these findings suggest bullying occurs due to breakdowns in peer relationships, with education and skill development to facilitate healthy relationship building, conflict resolution and coping as paramount in addressing the issue. The survey is still open for participation by children and young people aged 5-25 until Friday, 23rd February. Find out more about the research here

Safeguarding children and young people resource portal

The Institute of Child Protection Studies has developed a resource portal for those working in organisations supporting children and young people, to access a range of relevant research publications and resources, practice tools, and professional development opportunities to support child safety within institutions. Access the portal here.

Practice guide for building resilience in children

Beyond Blue has developed a practice guide to help practitioners build resilience in children aged 0-12 years. The guide includes information for communicating with others about what resilience is and how it functions in everyday life; planning approaches, activities and interventions to build resilience; and raising awareness of the importance of resilience to children’s development. Access the guide here. Information for parents and carers on building children's resilience is also available here.

Research identifies factors associated with the use of evaluation

An article published in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia explores practitioners' perceptions of evaluation, factors associated with use, and barriers, as an attempt to build the literature on the factors considered most important to facilitating evaluation use as a discipline to guide decision-making. The responses of 93 practitioners suggest that evaluation was more likely to be used if there was perceived to be a clear purpose and a commitment to the communication of findings, with barriers to use including factors such as fear of judgement and negative findings, and lack of understanding of the purpose of the evaluation. Read the article here.

Applications open for 2018 Refugee Youth International Leadership Scholarship

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network is currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2018 Refugee Youth International Leadership Scholarship, for young people living in Australia aged 18-25 from a refugee background to participate in the annual consultations between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and non-governmental organisations in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2018. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 21st February. For more details and to apply, enquire via email

#YouthChoices Multi Systemic Therapy - the first Social Benefit Bond in youth offending

In July 2015 the Queensland Treasury released three Social Benefit Bonds, to test a different approach to tackling challenging social issues. During February, In the Spotlight will share articles contributed by the organisations responsible for Queensland’s Social Benefit Bonds. This week, Life Without Barriers writes about the first Social Benefit Bond in the field of youth justice. 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.

As we reflect on the 10th anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations, it is useful to recall the two national inquiries that were the drivers for the Apology: the 1995 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission inquiry that resulted in the Bringing Them Home report, and before that in 1987, Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Note that the recommendations from both of these inquiries have still not been fully implemented.
The 10th anniversary of the Apology reminds us of the increasingly disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection and youth justice systems. Another reminder is the release of Closing the Gap – Prime Minister’s Report 2018, which reported progress against only three measures.

Information and strategies for legislators, policy makers, funders, program developers and practitioners to change this are included in Family Matters, the Family Matters Report 2017, and recent publications such as Understanding and Applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle. The Family Matters media release about the anniversary of the Apology highlights the need for “…new targets through the Closing the Gap refresh to eliminate over-representation in out-of-home care and address the gap in access to early childhood supports that help to keep children safe at home.” The point is made that targets must relate to strategies that address underlying causes of child protection intervention, such as family violence, intergenerational trauma, drug and alcohol, mental health and disability issues.

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.

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.

Exploring Attachment in Couple Work
Brisbane - Thursday, 1st March
Presented by AASW

This half day workshop is designed to assist social workers, psychologists and counsellors to develop a better understanding of working with couples from an attachment framework. This is relevant for social workers who work therapeutically with couples. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge Attachment specialists and The Circle of Security. 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.

NFP State of the Nation Seminar 
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd February

Registrations are closing soon for the Australian Charity Guide's Not-For-Profit State of the Nation travelling seminar. The seminar will cover valuable content including the current state of the NFP sector, globally and nationally, 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 will also take place at the Gold Coast on Friday, 16th March, Sunshine Coast on Friday, 23rd March, and Cairns on Friday, 11th May. Find out more and register here.

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. Registration is open.

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 course 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.

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.

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.

Team Leader (Caboolture) - Micah Projects

Micah is seeking a team leader to join a new service being established in Cabooltue for young pregnant and parenting women 20 years and under and their children and partners. The primary goal of Caboolture Young Mothers for Young Women will be to support young families to operate in their fullest capacities. The program will target the young women, their children, and their partners, where appropriate, in the population group of families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, violence and poverty. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 21st February. Click here for more details and to apply.

Children and Family Support Worker (Caboolture) - Micah Projects

Micah is seeking a Children and Family Support Worker to join a new service being established in Cabooltue for young pregnant and parenting women 20 years and under and their children and partners. The primary goal of Caboolture Young Mothers for Young Women will be to support young families to operate in their fullest capacities. The program will target the young women, their children, and their partners, where appropriate, in the population group of families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, violence and poverty. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 21st FebruaryClick here for more details and to apply.

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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