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- Friday, 20th October 2017 -

Over the last week or so, there have been numerous reminders about challenges but also what is working well in education and schooling for marginalised children and young people, including children living in out of home care. There was the 2-day Trauma-Aware Schooling: Building Knowledge Practice and Skills conference in Brisbane that involved teachers, researchers and others across government, non-government and schooling sectors. There was also media attention to alternative, flexi and other schools that welcome and actively engage students so they can realise their right to receive an education. Information and a link to Youth Affairs Network Qld’s (YANQ) most recent report on supporting the educational needs of marginalised young people is included later in this week’s enews.

In an effort to gather data about the extent to which school-aged children and young people living in out of home care in Queensland are engaged in school, PeakCare’s education working group developed surveys for completion during census week: Monday, 23rd to Friday, 27th October 2017. Surveys were developed to record enrolment, attendance and participation in relation to children and young people living with foster or kinship carers, and children and young people living in residential care services over census week. A third survey will be utilised by services that work with young people who aren’t in their approved placement during that week and therefore won’t be included in the out of home care service’s response. For more information about the project or to talk about your out of home care service participating in one or other of the surveys, please contact Tracey Smith. Watch this space for the survey results.

NT report into children's experiences of child protection

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has published the report Voices: What children have told us – Child Protection by listening directly to children who have experienced the child protection system and considering what they had to say about what works and what doesn't. Children shared thoughts on the process of separation from parents and siblings, case management, out of home care, and their hopes for the future. 

Registrations closing soon for Ian Nussey workshops

Don't delay - update your knowledge and skills for Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours in a residential care setting by attending the Ian Nussey workshops. Only 2 weeks until the first workshop in Cairns on 2nd November. Workshops to follow in Hervey Bay on 9th November and Ipswich on 16th November. Register NOW - all workshops are filling fast.

New app with DFV focus for women

Penda is Australia’s first free financial empowerment app with a domestic and family violence (DFV) focus for women. The app was developed by Women’s Legal Service Queensland in collaboration with Financial Rights Legal Centre, and takes its name from the Golden Penda – a hardy Australian native rainforest plant with blossoms that represent renewal, growth, hope and resilience. The app contains national safety, financial and legal information and referrals. The app was developed for DFV in intimate relationships but may still be relevant to other relationships, and women who are separating where DFV is not present. For more information and to download the app, visit the website

Survey for practitioners working with young people displaying sexually abusive behaviours

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), together with Deakin University, has developed a short survey for professionals working with young people (10 - 17 years) displaying sexually abusive behaviours. The survey aims to understand current intervention strategies, worker’s perspectives regarding their efficacy, challenges faced in delivering services, and ideas about effective evaluation processes. Access the survey here.

Micah Projects Annual Dinner 2017

The Micah Projects Annual Dinner will take place Monday, 13th November at 6.30pm at Brisbane TAFESouth Brisbane. Guest speaker Commissioner Bob Atkinson AO APM, Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will open the event. Concession tickets are available. Purchase your ticket before ticket sales close on 30th October.


Funding for events to commemorate a decade since Stolen Generations Apology

February 13th 2018 marks 10 years since the National Apology to Stolen Generations and Indigenous peoples of Australia. To commemorate this event, The Healing Foundation will release of a round of micro grants of up to $700 to assist communities across Australia celebrate and continue to raise awareness about the healing needs of the  Stolen Generations, including the effects of intergenerational trauma. Events must be held between 29th January and 28th February 2018. For more information, visit the website.


 BCC Sustainability grants open

Community groups and incorporated non-profit organisations can apply for Brisbane City Council (BCC) sustainability grants 2017-18 between $1000 and $10,000 to implement energy efficiency measures that support the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Applications close midnight Monday, 6th November. For more information and to apply, visit the BCC website.


Save the date for 2018 ASID Conference

The 2018 Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability Conference will be held Tuesday, 14th to Thursday, 16th November 2018 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. The theme, "Let's Shake It Up: Human Rights for Everyone" was developed by a group of Queensland self-advocates with an intellectual disability. Register your interest in the Conference to be informed of news and updates.

A new look forum for child protection and family support practitioners is In the Spotlight

The AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice group was established and is co facilitated by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Queensland Branch and PeakCare Queensland. Membership consists of social workers, human services and social sciences practitioners who are employed in government, non-government and private services who work with children and families and are involved with the continuum of child protection and family support. 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.

Supporting the educational needs of marginalised young people

The Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ) research report Engaging students in engaging schools - Lessons from Queensland’s alternative education sector examines case studies of regional, rural and remote alternative schools successfully engaging marginalised young people who were disengaged from mainstream schooling back into learning. Practices common to the schools studied are: supporting immediate material needs such as food, legal representation, creches; a positive school climate that is student-centred and relational and encourages the student to develop an attachment to the school; flexible teaching and curricula that encourage the student to see learning as meaningful to them; and strong links between communities and schools. The report also found that stable funding for the school is key to positive outcomes, providing immediate resources as well as professional development and support for teachers and workers. Growing waiting lists at all of the schools evidence increasing demand for a place, resulting in some of the neediest young people still being unable to access education. For youth workers and community organisations, the report recommends focussing on developing trusting relationships with schools to keep young people enrolled, and continuing to advocate for the schooling needs of marginalised young people as critical for their current and future wellbeing. Read the report here.

Intergenerational receipt of welfare benefits

New research has found that children of parents receiving Centrelink benefits are almost twice as likely to be receiving benefits themselves by their early 20s. The study examined the lifetime payment records of 124,285 young Australians born between October 1987 and March 1988. The findings showed 58 per cent of children whose parents were in receipt of benefits were themselves on benefits by the ages of 18 to 26, in contrast to 32 per cent of children born to parents not in receipt of benefits. The effect was the most significant for children of parents on single-parent benefits and disability and carer payments, who were more likely to be on welfare payments of all types. Access the study here.

Evaluation lacking for programs supporting Indigenous young people in OOHC

University and community-based researchers based in Victoria reviewed nine programs aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged between 12 and 18 years living in out of home care. Theyexamined the evidence base for the efficacy of program implementation and the improvement of social and emotional wellbeing.Despite the disproportionately high number of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in out of home care and their support needs, the review found a consistent lack of data evaluating programs designed to improve wellbeingThe study argues that cultural care and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people should be acknowledged and documented. Access the study here.

Foodbank 2017 Hunger Report released

The fifth Foodbank Australia Hunger Report 2017 offers a snapshot into the problem of food insecurity through surveys of frontline relief agencies and charities and those they helped. The authors estimate 3.6 million Australians (or 15 per cent of the population) have experienced food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months, with almost half (48 per cent) of food-insecure people maintaining employment. The report also found that dependent children live in 40 per cent of food-insecure households, with 89 per cent of these children under the age of 12. Access the infographic.

Girls experience gender inequality from a young age

Plan International's released the findings from a survey of 1,745 Australian girls aged 10 to 17 years for International Day of the Girl on Wednesday, 11th OctoberThe survey explored girls’ experiences of inequality, their ambitions to lead and their views on gender stereotypes as they grow into adolescence and young adulthood. Findings reveal almost all girls (98 per cent) feel they receive unequal treatment compared to boys and that girls’ confidence decreases as they get older, from 56 per cent of girls viewing themselves as confident at 10, to just 27 per cent when they reached 18 years. Read more about The Dream Gap: Australian girls’ views on inequality report.

Weaving the Tapestry - applying relationship based parenting approaches in family support
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th October
Presented by Encompass Family and Community
The focus of this workshop is to equip workers providing support to families with relationship-based parenting strategies and tools that can be implemented with parents to bring about safer and more secure parent-child relationships. Participants will take away practical resources to use with parents that will ultimately promote safety and  decrease risk. Find out more or register online.
Understanding Domestic and Sexual violence across Migrant and Refugee communities
Brisbane - Monday, 30th October
Presented by Inala Community House and JK Diversity Consultants
This half day workshop will highlight the intersection between domestic and sexual violence and its impact on the lives of migrant and refugee women, examining how culture, ethnicity and religion impact on communities’ understanding of domestic and family violence. View the flyer for more details and to register.
Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours
Three locations - throughout November
Presented by Ian Nussey
Registrations are open for the Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours that might be harmful to themselves and others, in the residential care setting workshops to be presented by Ian Nussey as part of PeakCare's Hope and Healing Masterclass Series. The workshop will be held in three locations - Cairns (2nd November), Hervey Bay (9th November) and Ipswich (16th November). Click here to access and distribute a print-friendly flyer. Click here to submit an expression of interest to attend the workshop. Registrations close Thursday, 26th October or when available places are filled. 
The emotional therapist with Dr Paolo Bertrando
Gold Coast - Friday, 3rd November
Presented by Compass Seminars
The presence of the therapist, and how the therapist truly forges a connection with the client in therapy, can be a crucial factor affecting the client’s healing process. An engaged, committed, caring therapist who is mindful of his or her own self ― and how that self relates to the client ― is a key determinant of how well that client will respond to therapy. The Emotional Therapist is a deep exploration of what it means to be emotional and how to cultivate emotion in the therapeutic relationship. Building on modern systemic family therapy, Dr Paolo Bertrando introduces participants to working with emotions in therapy using a relationally-focused lens. Find out more or register now.
The Forgotten Known Stage 2 - Further development of attachment theory in practice
Brisbane - Thursday, 9th November
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers
This full-day workshop is designed for those who have attended the core Forgotten Known workshop and who wish to further their skills and develop tools for working with clients who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions. The workshop will also examine how the workers own attachment history and self-knowledge impacts on the client/worker relationship. Attendance at the core â€˜Forgotten Known’ workshop is a prerequisite for attendance at this workshop. This is relevant for social workers who have direct contact with clients who have experienced complex trauma and attachment disruptions. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge that is gleaned from attachment and trauma experts such as Dan Siegal, Bruce Perry, Bryan Post, Circle of Security and Karyn Purvis. Find out more.
The PASE model in your organisation
Brisbane - Tuesday, 14th November
Presented by Amovita
This forum considers a PASE implementation plan, the process of integration and how to evaluate the implementation framework. The forum includes a question and answer session, enabling organisations to gain further understanding about how to implement their supervisory program and provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the successes and review improvements. The forum reviews how to engage resources and tools over the first 12 months of implementation, how to evaluate successful supervision and build a culture that sustains quality supervisory outcomes. Find out more and register here.
Working with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October
Berry St Childhood Institute and Robert Tucker deliver this training aimed at professionals who work with children and young people where there are concerns about their problem sexual behaviours. The training will explore the issues and challenges in evaluating whether sexual behaviour is age-expected, problematic or harmful, differences between pre-pubescent and adolescent sexual behaviour and causes, motivations and purpose of sexual behaviour and implications for intervention. Find out more or register now
Disaster recovery forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is hosting the Queensland Community Recovery Forum to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for building resilience in communities following natural disasters. The Forum aims to explore the economic relationship of business investment in community wellbeing strategies and the social and economic impact disasters have on community wellbeing. The Forum will be held  at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find out more and register.
Rob Jackson volunteer management workshops
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th October
Volunteering Queensland will host UK Volunteer Management expert Rob Jackson for two workshops and a networking lunch. Workshop 1 will look at some of the key ways in which society is changing and how these changes affect volunteerism and discuss what leaders of volunteers can do to update their practices to accommodate these changes, further enhancing their engagement and retention of 21st century volunteers. Workshop 2 will look at the phenomenon that is social media and how it can be used to strategically communicate to teams and recruit new volunteers. Discounted pricing is available for attending all three events. Find out more or register online.
Enhancing Practice in Child Sexual Abuse Work: A Case Formulation Approach - a masterclass with Richard Rose and Robert Tucker
Richmond - Monday, 30th October
This masterclass hosted by Berry Street Childhood Institute will focus on using a case formulation approach when undertaking sexual abuse work in family contexts. Taking a practical approach participants will learn more about case formulation applied to case management, treatment planning and therapeutic care. Find out more and register here.
Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 1st November to Thursday, 2nd November
Registration is open for the inaugural Queensland Gendered Violence Prevention Forum. The Forum is designed for practitioners working in the fields of gendered violence, including those who work with survivors, families, and children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, and perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence. View the preliminary program or register online now.
Interagency Child Protection Symposium
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd November to Friday, 3rd November
The Child Protection Interagency Committee is comprised of a diverse range of agencies involved in child protection services in Queensland, including Children’s Health Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland Police, Department of Education and Training, Queensland Family and Child Commission, Office of the Public Guardian, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, PeakCare Queensland, CREATE Foundation, Foster Care Queensland, Life Without Barriers, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, and Legal Aid. This year's Symposium More than the Sum Of its Parts, Interagency Collaboration: Connecting the dots for our young people will focus on how best to support adolescents in out of home care. Find out more or register now.
Child protection - the law and how Legal Aid Queensland can help
Webinar - Wednesday, 8th November
This is a free webinar for community, health and education workers delivered by the Legal Aid Children and Young People team. The webinar will include an overview of the child protection system in Queensland, LAQ guidelines to increase access to legal representation for child protection matters and a live Q&A. Register now or for information on upcoming webinars, visit the Legal Aid Information for community workers and carers page.

Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach
Brisbane - Thursday, 9th and Friday, 10th November
The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative” of body language is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. This two-day workshop will explore the body as a target of therapeutic action and is delivered by Path Ogden, PhD, who founded an internationally recognised school specialising in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. Read more or register now.
Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 13th November
Parentshop will be delivering this one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations had with parents in child protection. The 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. View the registration form for more details!
National Employment Solutions Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 16th November to Friday, 17th November
The National Employment Solutions Conference will examine the changing face of work and the workplace and its impacts. The conference will examine challenges, opportunities, trends and issues that relate to innovative employment solutions, featuring over 45 presentations from industry experts. The full program has been released. All presentations will be available as podcasts after the Conference, ensuring no one has to miss out! Topics include: tomorrow’s digitally enabled workforce; the future of disability employment; how young is too old?; the downward creep of ageism; spatial patterns and drivers of Australia’s future economic landscape; looking back to the future: Migrants working in Australia. Find out more and register at the website.
How to enjoy being on a committee
Toowoomba - Tuesday, 21st November 
Be involved and understand the legal and ethical requirements of being on a committee. This presentation will explore the structures of a committee or board, the roles people can undertake, legal and ethical compliance, strategic planning and meeting etiquette.View more information or book now.
2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd November
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. The 2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will focus on the importance of youth as champions for change. The breakfast will feature a panel of community leaders led by Kay McGrath OAM discussing the positive role men can play in preventing violence, the importance of teaching respectful attitudes and behaviours from an early age, and how we can educate today’s youth to champion change for future generations. Purchase your ticket now.
Authentic Engagement: The nature and role of relationships at the heart of effective practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 22nd November
ARACY is hosting the second in a series of parent-engagement 'lunchtime learning' webinars, delivered by Dr Tim Moore, developmental psychologist at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The webinar will explore how best to achieve effective parent engagement by building strong relationships with educators, and will include an interactive Q&A session. Register here.
FRSA National Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th November
The 2017 Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference Connecting the Dots: Creating Wellbeing for All is an opportunity to promote creative ways to strengthen wellbeing across the family life course - by connecting the individual 'dots'. Senator Louise Pratt MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities will deliver the opening keynote address. For more details, visit the website.
Brisbane - Wednesday, 29th November
The QCOSS AGM will take place over breakfast at Souths Leagues Club Head Office, West End. Guest speaker Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner will be speaking. Elections will also be held for two positions to the Board. Find out more and register to attend on the QCOSS website.
AASW National Symposium
Hobart - Thursday, 30th November to Saturday, 2nd December
The Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium (AASW) 2017 is being held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. The theme of the symposium is ‘Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change.’ With over 25 professional development and networking sessions and delegates from all over Australia, the symposium will be a unique opportunity to share current practice knowledge and work experiences, and network with the social work sector’s peers. Registrations are now open.
Trauma, the Brain and Biology: Foundations and Treatment of Trauma
Brisbane - Friday, 30th November to Friday, 1st December
Traumatised people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves. Learn about the neurobiology of traumatic stress and adaptations that hide the 'self' in this two-day workshop delivered by clinical psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MD at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Read more or register now.
What works in therapy: Translating 40 years of outcome research into strategies for effective clinical practice
Melbourne - Friday, 1st December
This training workshop is being hosted by Relationships Australia Victoria. The event will feature international guest Scott D Miller, counselling psychologist, author and co-founder of the International Centre for Clinical Excellence. Drawing upon 40 years of research, this workshop will offer evidence-based factors responsible for therapeutic success, empirically-supported practices and skills to enhance therapeutic outcomes, methods for assessing and enhancing therapeutic relationships with clients and progressing in treatment. Click here for more information and to register.
STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Melbourne - Monday, 4th to Wednesday, 6th December
The official program has been launched for the 3rd annual 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference with over 120 workshops, speakers and presentations. Day 1 Keynote speakers include Julie Inman Grant, Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Office of Children’s eSafety Commission; Ms Jennifer Hoffman, Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, Western Australia; Dr Rae Kaspiew; Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies; Assistant Commissioner, Dean McWhirter, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police; Ms Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria; and Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University. All attendees will be able to view all speaker podcasts and PowerPoint presentations after the conference. Scholarships to attend the conference are open until Monday, 30th October. Register to attend the conference now. 
Yarning Up on Trauma
Richmond - Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th December
Yarning Up on Trauma is an intensive five day course presented by Berry St Childhood Institute for those who want to learn practical ways to better work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities that have experienced individual trauma, family trauma, community trauma and historical/cultural trauma. Yarning Up on Trauma uses a holistic model to understand trauma which is in contrast to many Western perspectives that focus primarily on the traumatised individual. In working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, it is necessary to consider not only the impact of trauma on the individual but also on their families, community and culture. Find out more or register now.
Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 28th to Wednesday, 30th May 2018
The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is hosting the annual Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conferencefocusing on three overarching themes of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. The conference is currently seeking abstracts into addiction prevention strategies, interventions, practical tools, risk factors and approaches to reduce harm, for presentations or workshops. Submit an abstract online by Monday, 5th February. 
AIFS 2018 Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July 2018
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. The 2018 AIFS Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference is accepting abstracts until Friday, 8th December. Register here or sign up to the Conference newsletter to receive all the details as they become available.
Senior Community Facilitator - CREATE

CREATE Foundation are seeking a full time Senior Community Facilitator to lead their new Townsville office. The applicant should have experience in organising and running programs, supervising staff and building strong networks in the sector. Find out more. Applications close Wednesday, 25th October.

Youth Facilitator - CREATE

CREATE Foundation are seeking a part time (4 days a week) Youth Facilitator for their new Townsville office. This role will inspire connection, empowerment and change through fun and creative events and workshops, by providing leadership opportunities for children and young people who are members of clubCREATE or are Young Consultants, and by working to create positive change within the out-of-home care sector. Find out more. Applications close Wednesday, 25th October.

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