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- Friday, 2nd August 2019 -

What Lies Beneath…the Words is a short film produced by PeakCare in 2016. Inspired by the classic suspense thriller, What Lies Beneath starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, this film delves into the scary things that often lie beneath the words that children and young people encounter, day in and day out, whilst living in care.

In 2019, we invite you to go behind closed doors – if you dare – to watch CREATE Young Consultants, Brooke, Ty and Miriel, plus Karen and Rachelle from the Queensland Child Safety Department plus Nadia and Lenny from the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak as they watch this frighteningly awesome film. Both What Lies Beneath the Words – the Sequel and What Lies Beneath the Words – the Original can be viewed free-of-charge on Vimeo by PeakCare Members and registered Supporters. All you have to do is email the name of your organisation (or your own name in the case of Supporters) to Annika Stehn ( and ask to receive the link and password you will need to enter to watch the films.

Members and Supporters may also purchase copies of either or both videos on USB. A small fee of $5 (incl. GST) for each video will be charged to cover the cost of the USB and postage or you can pay $7 (incl. GST) to receive a copy of both videos. Non-Members will be charged a fee of $7 for either video or $10 for both.

To obtain your copy, complete and send this order form to or fax it to 07 3368 1160.

Next stage of reforms to the Child Protection Act - have your say

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has released a discussion paper,  Rethinking rights and regulation: towards a stronger framework for protecting children and supporting families, for comment concerning the next stage of reforms to the Child Protection Act 1999. Proposed options for legislative change are detailed in the paper over three focus areas: reinforcing children’s rights in the legislation; strengthening children’s voices in decisions that affect them; and reshaping the regulation of care – the system for approving foster and kinship carers and licensing care service providers. PeakCare encourages eNews readers to provide their thoughts on the proposed changes by contacting the Legal Policy and Legislation team by emailing

More responses to the Child Protection Conference feedback - call for Members and Supporters to take the next step

Responses to this blog reporting on feedback received about the National Child Protection Conference recently co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare continue to be received. Have you read the latest ones? Have you added your own response?

PeakCare is now calling upon our Members and Supporters to take the next steps in addressing the issues that have been brought to our attention. Click here to read the notice directed to all Member organisations and registered Supporters.

Hear about leading research on kinship care

You are invited to hear Dr Lucy Peak, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, a national charity in England and Wales supporting both formal and informal kinshp carers, deliver the keynote address at the Queensland Kinship Care Forum in Brisbane on Monday, 2nd September. This forum is being hosted by PeakCare, with the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), CREATE Foundation, and Queensland Foster and Kinship Care (QFKC). Meredith Kiraly, psychologist and Research Fellow in the Social Work Department at the University of Melbourne, whose specialty research area is kinship care, will also be delivering a keynote address. This forum is for kinship (relatives or extended family) carers, both where legal orders providing authority to care for a child exist or other informal family arrangements are in place, and government and non-government practitioners, policy makers and academics. Kinship carers attend free of charge. Find out more about why the forum is being held and how to register.

Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents

This series of resources developed by SNAICC and published by the Family Matters campaign provides information and advice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents in contact with child protection services. The resources provide information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents about the child protection system in each state or territory, including how the child protection system works, pathways through it, rights and obligations, and who to contact for more information or to make a complaint. Access all the state-specific resources or go straight to the Queensland guide.

Make renting fair 

Rent constitutes the most significant living expense for the majority of Australian households, and when this expense could increase twice in one year, tenants can experience extreme stress or be forced to move. Make Renting Fair in Qld is an alliance of organisations that support progressive reform of renting laws so all Queenslanders can make the place they live in their home. The campaign is asking for personal experience with unfair rent increases, to be emailed to Those with opinions on the issue can also send the campaign a 30-second video exploring what most needs to change about renting in Queensland. The video could be shared on social and other public media sites. Find out more about the campaign and access shareable animations about key asks in the campaign here.

Disability Royal Commission now taking public submissions

The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. Find out more or access the submission form. Several sessions at the National Disability Service’s (NDS) upcoming Essential Briefing on Friday, 9th August relate to the Royal Commission, including Acting CEO David Moody’s presentation on how NDS will support members, and sessions by legal and insurer firms on lessons from other recent Royal Commissions and how to prepare. Registrations for Brisbane’s Essential Briefing close at 5pm Tuesday, 6th AugustFind out more and register. NDS’s Royal Commission hub has also launched, designed to host a growing suite of information, updates and resources related to the Royal Commission. The hub has been created for NDS Members to access resources, seek expert advice, and support their organisations to prepare for the Royal Commission.

New round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund open

Not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland can apply for grants from $500 to $35,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund Round 102. 2019 marks 25 years of the Fund providing grants to Queensland communities. Find out more and apply. Round 102 closes 31st August. 

New HSQF templates developed by QCOSS

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has developed new policy templates to assist organisations with implementation of the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF). The templates provide a way for organisations to check whether their existing policies and procedures meet all the criteria of the standards or of the need to draft new policies and procedures to meet the standards. Access the templates.

Have your say and help improve outcomes for children

Access to quality kindergarten programs and early years services is crucial to setting children up for lifelong success. The Department of Education will be conducting an independent review of funding and the delivery of funding arrangements for early children education in Queensland. The review is seeking input from parents, caregivers, and educators delivering a kindergarten program, or those interested in the funding and delivery of kindergarten in Queensland, via an online survey as well as through a series of targeted consultation forums.

Community Door workshops asking feedback for new website

The QCOSS Community Door website is being redesigned and QCOSS is seeking feedback from Community Door users on what they want out of the new website. Open information sessions are being held in Townsville (Tuesday, 13th August), Logan (Tuesday, 20th August) or Brisbane (Thursday, 29th August) for input, and each attendee will receive a $50 voucher for their organisation.

Prof Tom Calma announced as keynote speaker for AASW Conference

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has announced Professor Tom Calma AO as a keynote speaker at the AASW Conference 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, 7th to 9th November. Prof. Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan (Koong ara kun) tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja (Ee wad ja) tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia. Prof. Calma was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2004 to 2010.  He also served as Race Discrimination Commissioner from 2004 until 2009 and was a senior diplomat in India and Vietnam from 1995 to 2002. Find out more about the speakers and how to register.

Every family has a story: Unpacking trauma and truth in Becoming Bill

Brisbane playwright Bradley McCaw shines a spotlight on the trauma that impacts families and the love and honesty that heals in the award-winning new musical Becoming Bill coming to Brisbane Powerhouse in mid-August. Read more.

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

Domestic violence, social security and the couple rule

The federal Department of Social Security utilises the "couple rule" when determining a domestic and family violence (DFV) survivor's access to social security payments, thereby tying any payments for which the survivor could potentially be eligible to the income and assets of the perpetrator. Yet, independent social security resources could provide a vital lifeline to survivors attempting to free themselves from violence and abuse. Not only does the research show those who experience DFV are more likely to experience sustained poverty and disability, but in practice the couple rule is used as an intimidation tool for perpetrating economic dependence. Read more.

Each week, PeakCare publishes a ‘Thumbs Up’ and/or a ‘Thumbs Down’ about matters that have come to our attention and draw either our commendation or condemnation. If there are matters that you think are worthy of one or other of these acknowledgements, email and we will consider publishing them.

A very fond Thumbs Up to PeakCare’s Chayan Sarkar who filmed both the original and sequel versions of the What Lies Beneath the Words videos promoted in this week’s edition of eNews and many other PeakCare videos. Chayan will soon be leaving PeakCare and we extend our thanks and very best wishes to him – one of the loveliest of men with whom we have been acquainted.

Working with dissociation to facilitate recovery in clients who have suffered complex trauma
Brisbane - Friday, 9th August

Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

Social workers work in a wide range of setting and roles from community work to counselling and therapeutic roles. In social work setting social workers come across some of the most marginalised people of our society. Many of these people have experienced trauma in their lives, particularly complex ongoing trauma which has seriously affected their ability to find their way in life and leaves them at time with very distressing symptoms. To have an understanding of dissociation and how it presents and can be supported to be integrated is key to social work whatever the role. Even when we are not in counselling positions having an understanding of this will help in being client centred and inform the responses we make to clients. Find out more and register.


A Therapeutic Treasure Box 
Brisbane - Thursday, 15th to Friday, 16th August

Presented by Compass Seminars

This is a two-day workshop exploring creative and expressive tools for working with relational and developmental trauma. This creative and multi-faceted workshop will explore some of the therapeutic qualities required to support children, adolescents, and adults who have and are experiencing relational and developmental trauma. Following this, a range of expressive, multi-sensory, and practical tools for working more effectively with this client group will be presented. Including focusing on areas such as multi-layered safety, emotional regulation, and resilience. Practical case studies will be discussed; as well as links to how some of these tools can be applied to oneself to prioritise self-care. Find out more and register.

Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Saturday, 17th August
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering two free child protection workshops around Queensland. The first of these workshops is Child Safe Organisations is a workshop that is critical to assist organisations to develop child friendly and safe practice embedded within organisational culture, moving beyond safety to demonstrate a commitment to children and young people's wellbeing. A following session will be held in Rockhampton on Friday, 30th August. The second workshop, Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, is for everyone who works or volunteers with children and young people and their families and is subject to mandatory reporting requirements. Upcoming sessions will be held in Rockhampton on Friday, 30th and Saturday, 31st August. Find out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Monday, 19th August
Presented by Parentshop

This workshop is based on three underlying perspectives: first, by having an understanding of how anxiety develops parents can counter its progress, second, parents can take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems, third, there are practical steps parents can take to build resilience. The lesson framework includes an overall theory of parenting that can assist parents to manage children’s worries; coverage of how some misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious; and biological information about the brain, including how the pre-frontal middle cortex and the amygdala operate, and where fear and anxiety originates. Find out more and register.

Tuning In to Acting Out: Responding to the behaviours and needs of young people
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd August
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

This advanced workshop assumes that participants have a working knowledge of the impacts of disrupted attachment, trauma and loss upon young people in care or disengaged from family. We know that these issues underpin the often challenging behaviour of these young people. But how best to respond? This workshop takes a very practical approach to applying this theoretical knowledge in everyday work with troubled young people. It considers effective behaviour guidance, staying safe when behaviour is extreme, and responding to behavioural crises in ways which apply the evidence about ‘what works’ in addressing the underlying causes of the behaviour. Find out more and register

Queensland Kinship Care Forum
Brisbane - Monday, 2nd September
Presented by PeakCareQueensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), CREATE Foundation and Queensland Foster and Kinship Care (QFKC)

You are invited to the Queensland Kinship Care Forum. Keynote speakers at the Forum include Dr Lucy Peak, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, a national charity in England and Wales supporting both formal and informal kinship carers; and Meredith Kiraly, psychologist and Research Fellow in the Social Work Department at the University of Melbourne, whose specialty research area is kinship care. This forum is for kinship (relatives or extended family) carers, both where legal orders providing authority to care for a child exist or other informal family arrangements are in place, and government and non-government practitioners, policy makers and academics. Kinship carers attend free of charge. Find out more and register.


Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
 Brisbane - Friday, 6th September
Presented by Queensland Child Protection Week Committee

The annual Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner will be held at the Grand Ballroom of The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St, South Brisbane. The Annual Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry. The Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will feature as a guest speaker, as well as a CREATE Young Consultant. Kay McGrath will MC, with live entertainment from sisterMISTER. Purchase your ticket now.


Voices in Action Conference 2019
Melbourne - Thursday, 14th to Saturday, 16th November
Presented by CREATE Foundation

95% of previous attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that the ideas shared at the event would help improve the out-of-home care system. The 2019 Voices in Action Conference will provide an in-depth exploration of three key issues identified by children and young people with a care experience as fundamental to improving the out-of-home care system, with the wisdom of lived experience. The discussion will focus on: how to include young voices in decision making processes; how to support and improve outcomes for young people transitioning from care; and the need to improve complaints processes for children and young people. The conference format will feature a daily keynote address from inspirational thought leaders in the care system, followed by a series of interactive, workshop style sessions focused on applying the insights of young people, carers and professionals to some of the key issues facing our sector. Carers, professionals and sector leaders must attend for a fresh grassroots approach to garnering insight into what works in out-of-home care. New speakers have been added to the program and discounted early-bird registration rates are available before 1st August, so be quick to secure your place at this game-changing conference and elevate the voices of children and young people in care. Find out more and register.

Lady Musgrave Trust 11th Annual Forum on Women and Homelessness
Brisbane - Wednesday, 7th August

A full-day annual forum to discuss the issue of women and homelessness. The forum will offer the opportunity to discuss the key challenges that the sector is experiencing; bring together experts to provide relevant advice and updates on issues; provide a platform for improved collaboration on issues; share new ideas that can be leveraged to improve the lives of the women that have become or are about to become homeless, and more. Find out more and register.

Supporting children after natural and human-induced disasters
Webinar - Wednesday, 7th August

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds are hosting this free one-hour webinar to discuss how practitioners can help children and families navigate the different stages of community trauma. This webinar will describe the specific interventions that cater for the developmental needs of children recovering from community trauma. It will present findings from research on what helps children to recover, and provide case studies from the field. Find out more and register.


Blue Card Services information session
Brisbane -
Wednesday, 7th August

This is a general information session which provides an overview of an employer/business operator’s obligations under the blue card system and an opportunity to clarify any issues regarding the blue card application or assessment process. Find out more and register.

QCOSS Tender writing and Skilling Queenslanders for Work workshops
Brisbane - Thursday, 8th August

Need help writing successful grant or funding applications? Looking for tips to make your funding applications stand out? Want to know more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work and how to apply for funding? Come along to the QCOSS tender writing workshop to find out about: developing a methodology for writing tenders or funding applications; how to make your response stand out; building evidence; establishing value for money; addressing assessment criteria; key pitfalls; and checklists and resources. Find out more and register.

Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium - Engaging pregnant and parenting young people
Maroochydore - Thursday, 8th to Friday, 9th August

Di Farmer, Queensland State Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women will open the Australian Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium, with headline speaker, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner. Keynote speakers include Professor Ian Hay, Macquarie University; Dr Angelique Howell and Dr Deb Lynch, University of Queensland; and Tiara Ruua and Joanne Furminger, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. Breakout panels will include young parents - graduates from STEMM like Emily and Amanda - will tell us what worked for them, and school principals and policymakers will tell us what can be done. Child minding will be available onsite. Find out more and register.

Human Rights Act Masterclass with Aimee McVeigh
Brisbane - Monday, 12th August

This three-hour masterclass with founder and coordinator of the HumanRightsAct4Qld campaign, Aimee McVeigh, is for disability organisation employees, people with disability, their families and supporters to prepare for the introduction of the Human Rights Act and complaints mechanism. View the flyer or register.

Tenancy Skills Institute Launch
Cairns - Wednesday, 14th August

The Tenancy Skills Institute offers free tools to improve access to accommodation for prospective tenants, increase property management efficiencies and boost the bottom line by producing the best rental tenants. The Institute's approach is to work with community members, individuals and the real estate industry to create better housing options and outcomes for people in Queensland. The Tenancy Skills Institute will be launched for the Cairns region with a free information session. Find out more and register.

Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd August

The 16th annual Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance will be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is a night of glamour and excitement, delicious food and elegant attire, and in true Micah Projects fashion, it is also a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your ticket now to avoid disappointment - the Dinner Dance has sold out every year for the past six years!

NDIS Workforce Research Forum
Townsville - Tuesday, 27th August

Hear the latest research on the NDIS in the Townsville region at this free event and learn strategies to solve your workforce problems. This session explores the WorkAbility Queensland research project, a partnership with CQUniversity, CSIRO’s Data 61 and Global Community Resourcing, investigating the workforce demands, and skills and training needs arising from the implementation of the NDIS across the state. The research project takes a deep dive into six NDIS regions, and this forum will present findings from the Townsville research report and explore practical solutions to local workforce needs. Find out more and register.

Working with refugees
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th September

Multicultural Development Australia will deliver this one-day workshop full of practical skills to enhance the services you provide to people from refugee backgrounds within the welfare and services sector. This program addresses service delivery challenges including: understanding and communicating with clients from diverse refugee backgrounds; responding appropriately to needs specific to people from refugee backgrounds; helping people from refugee backgrounds regain their independence, and more. Find out more and register.

QCOSS State Conference 2019
Caloundra - Thursday, 12th to Friday, 13th September 

The QCOSS State Conference 2019 will have the theme Leading change together, building on conversations had in the time since the Movement for change conference last year. Register to ensure you are part of the conversation about: rebooting the system (structural change); being in service (sector change), and starting a revolution (community change). An exciting list of speakers has already been announced, including keynote speaker Stan Grant, Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and multi-award winning journalist; Caterina Giorgi, Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose; David Moody, Acting Chief Executive Officer of National Disability Services; Scott McDougall, Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland; David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia, and many more. Find out more details about the program or secure your ticket now to avoid missing out.

Home Stretch Symposium
Sydney - Tuesday, 27th to  Wednesday, 28th August

Join friends and colleagues for this monumental event - the first ever Australian symposium on extending care to 21 years. The Home Stretch Symposium will bring together policy developers, stakeholders and implementers to explore and discuss the challenges and complexities associated with introducing the policy of extending care to 21 years. These discussions will be informed by international and national experts in this policy area. The packed two-day program will cover topics including: what extending care to 21 means for young people and carers, different models being used nationally and internationally, the challenges, enablers and experience of implementation, and policy progress in extending care by governments in Australia. Find out more and register.


2019 Foster and Kinship Care Conference
Perth - Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September

The 2019 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference is open to all foster and kinship carers nationally and is being held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Perth. The conference aims to provide an exciting and nurturing learning environment, acknowledging, inspiring and promoting personal and professional connections in the fostering sector and will present a unique opportunity to learn from, and alongside, family and general foster carers. The conference will have a strong focus on elevating the voice of the carer, both as an individual and a collective group. Find out more and register.

Policy and Advocacy 2-Day Intensive
Townsville - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th October

This 2-Day Intensive workshop by For Purpose will provide for purpose professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. Participants will learn how to to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. The workshop has been developed for people working in the not-for-profit of for purpose sector. It is for anyone seeking to influence government, particularly people working in policy, advocacy, government relations and communication roles. Find out more and register.

Introduction to the Anti-Discrimination Act
Brisbane - Wednesday, 23rd October

The Anti Discrimination Commission is now known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). The QHRC will be offering training sessions around Queensland's new Human Rights Act, including in Brisbane. The Introduction to Anti-Discrimination Act training course provides a basic introduction to the key elements of anti-discrimination law in Queensland. No previous knowledge is needed. Find out more about the training. Sessions are available in other cities throughout the state.

ACOSS National Conference 2019
Canberra - Tuesday, 26th to Wednesday, 27th November

Early bird tickets are now available for the ACOSS National Conference 2019: Harnessing Community through Effective Action. The Conference will focus on a number of cross-cutting themes, including: how can we harness the power of local community action to influence national policy debates? How should we speak about poverty and inequality to galvanise action, while empowering those who are excluded? How do we bridge the divide between urban and rural communities to deliver better policy outcomes for all? Register before Wednesday, 31st July to secure your place at a discounted rate! Find out more and register.

AIFS 2020 Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 9th to Friday, 12th June 2020

The AIFS 2020 Conference will ask the important question: What makes for a ‘good life’? This seemingly simple question has dogged philosophers, economists, legislators and leaders through the ages. The Conference will explore the idea of a good life for families in the face of rapid social and technological change, at different stages of our lives, and in the context of service delivery and institutional organisation. The Conference is currently accepting presentations, roundtable sessions or symposia on a diverse range of issues affecting family wellbeing across six subcategories. Submissions can be made online until Monday, 21st October. Sponsorship opportunities are also available from $1,000 to suit all budgets. Find out more in the Sponsorship Prospectus.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

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