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- Friday, 19th February 2021 -

Children and families need a cohesive and integrated social policy platform

The posting of PeakCare’s recently released blog, Youth justice ‘crack down’: It takes a village has elicited an incredibly strong response on our Facebook page. While there are a few comments that reflect very different views to those held by PeakCare, they are far outweighed by over 1,100 ‘likes’ and around 300 ‘shares’ – an outstanding response and one that is continuing to grow.

This strong response suggests that there are many Queenslanders (and people from elsewhere) who welcome and engage in nuanced discussion about complex social issues. They are people who think beyond and expect more than ‘quick fix’ remedies and, in considering the issues, draw on both their compassion and intellect. They are to be applauded for these qualities.

As flagged within the blog, PeakCare is concerned about some emerging commentary that points a finger of blame at the child protection system for alleged youth justice ‘problems’. Our concern is that whatever understandings PeakCare and our Members may have about shortfalls within the child protection system and ways in which they can be constructively addressed, it’s likely that these understandings will differ markedly from the understandings held by some others about the ‘failures’ of child protection and the means for their correction.. Now is not the time to be simplistically looking for scapegoats or using ‘throw-away’ lines to attribute blame in ways that can be easily misconstrued.

Read more to find out about PeakCare’s call for a cohesive and integrated social policy platform within which both child protection and youth justice policies should be located.

Leanne's Gift - to be shared with all involved in the child protection sector

Leanne's Gift is an an information pack developed from the lived experience of Leanne Clausen - a parent involved in the child protection process - to shine a spotlight on the common ground of government, parents, carers and workers: the needs of children. The pack is specifically designed to bring all the information together in one place that a client of the Department of Children would need throughout their case. Included in Leanne's Gift is the Parents Guide - a self-help guide to help support parents, with topics such as: Being guided through their first steps; Working with the Department and Carers; Preparing for court; Dealing with difficult emotions; Taking responsibility, and more. Feedback from the Department of Children's donations of the information packs to selected service centres has been positive, with staff reporting a greater understanding of their clients through using this resource. The book is also a valuable tool for professional development. Leanne's Gift can be purchased online through Parents on a Mission, a social enterprise created to bring a parent's lens to the table. PeakCare warmly congratulates Leanne Clausen, one of our inaugural PeakCare Award recipients, for the achievement of Parents on a Mission in producing this impressive resource. 

Day for Daniel on 29th October 2021

Join the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for Australia's largest child safety education and awareness day on Friday, 29th October. The Foundation aims to educate children and young people about how to stay safe in physical and online environments, and to support young victims of crime. To get involved, register and plan your own event for Day for Daniel, purchase merchandise to decorate your school or workplace and support the work of the Foundation, and wear Red, Educate and Donate on the day. Every Australian is encouraged to start a conversation about how to best keep children safe.

Introducing Emerging Minds

Emerging Minds leads the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, a workforce development initiative funded by the Australian Government. The Centre assists those working with children aged 0-12 years and their parents, carers and families to better support child mental health and wellbeing. Workers in health, community or social service settings have free access to a national web hub providing innovative online training and practice support tools. You can start your learning journey today by reflecting on how you or your organisation supports the social and emotional wellbeing of children in your work and make sure to subscribe to Emerging Minds' fortnightly e-newsletter.

Encompass Family and Community's new website and 2021 training calendar now available

The release of a new website and this year's training calendar are part of the celebrations as Encompass Family and Community mark their 20th anniversary of high quality services delivered to the child, family and community sector. The new website includes all the scheduled workshops for the year, as well as information on associated services such as professional development and consultancy, with the addition of informative articles written by the Encompass team, which you can find in 'Encompass Insights'. This year's training calendar features online and in-person training opportunities, with the upcoming workshop Effective Supervision for Supervisors, to be held on Thursday, 25th March. PeakCare congratulates Encompass on all their good work in anticipation of the next 20 years.

Free places offered in training course for NFP Board Members

Pathways Australia is offering free places in its course specifically for new and existing not-for-profit Board Members. The Not-for-Profit Board Education and Support course covers four modules on what it takes to be an effective Board Member, including the current not-for-profit landscape in Australia, risk management, how to prepare and participate in effective meetings, and conflict resolution. To find out more and take advantage of a limited number of free places, contact Peter Holdsworth via email to

Community leaders and community members invited to discuss alcohol and other drugs system reform in Queensland

The Queensland Mental Health Commission is inviting Queensland communities to regional forums throughout March to gather community perspectives on key themes for reform. To date the Commission has released 10 consultation papers with expert opinion that examine the evidence and options for reform. A free webinar on Thursday, 25th February will introduce the conversation. Find out more and attend a forum.

2021 Volunteering Queensland Award nominations open now

The Queensland Volunteer Awards will be celebrated on Friday, 21st May, honouring outstanding volunteers, volunteer mangers and volunteering programs across the state. Nominations are open now across six categories: Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteering, Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering, Excellence in Volunteering Management, Volunteering Impact and Corporate Volunteering. Nominations close Friday, 16th April at 5pm. Find out more and nominate.

Release of 2021 Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Grants Program

The Queensland government has released the next round of funding for the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Grants Program. The purpose of these grants is to continue in the footsteps of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse by revealing the truth of what happened to children and contributing to healing and reconciliation in Queensland. The program will provide funding of up to $10,000 for community groups and organisations to undertake projects and activities related to sharing the truth, healing and reconciling stories of people with lived experience of institutional child abuse in Queensland. Applications close Wednesday, 14th April. Find out more and apply.

Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence COVID-19 Response Grants applications closing soon

The Queensland government's Responding to COVID-19 in the sexual, domestic and family violence sectors grants program closes soon at 5pm on Sunday, 28th February. The program offers one-off grants to support frontline sexual, domestic and family violence services respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Initiatives will need to be delivered by the end of December 2021, with reporting due by the end of January 2022. Access the 2020 Grant Information and Application Guidelines for further information about applicant eligibility, selection criteria, and requirements for successful applicants. Applications must be submitted online at Smartygrants.

Investing in Women grants round open

The first round of the Office of Women's Investing in Women Grants Program is now open for successful applicants to deliver community initiatives, including projects that prevent and respond to domestic and family violence and sexual violence. Applications are encouraged to support groups that may face multiple levels of disadvantage or identify as more vulnerable. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people in rural, regional and remote communities, and young and older people. The closing date for Round 1 applications is Friday, 5th March. Find out more and apply.

THUMBS UP to all who have entered comments in response to PeakCare’s blog, Youth justice ‘crack down’: It takes a village. Beyond the wisdom of your very well considered words, PeakCare sincerely appreciates you raising your voices and publicly engaging in this incredibly important discussion. Thank you for exercising your leadership role. It’s what PeakCare expects of our Members and Supporters. We strongly encourage all our Members and Supporters to follow your lead.

Neurodevelopmental Theory to Practice 
Brisbane - Friday, 26th February

Presented by Compass Seminars

This dynamic new workshop from Karen Young, the best selling author of Hey Warrior, shows how modern practitioners can synthesise the latest (often complex) neurodevelopment research into practical brain based approaches to treatment, education and parenting/carer support. This workshop will consider neurodevelopmental fundamentals, and how resilience can be developed in the brain. Find out more and register.

Working Through the Pain of Loss: 
Brisbane - Friday, 26th February
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

This full day workshop provides an overview of grief and loss theory and an evidence-based practice application to acute presentations of bereavement and loss in adults and children. It will use case examples and practice reflection to consolidate active learning of the content presented. This workshop provides an overview of seminal and contemporary grief theory as well as practice approaches to grief work based on the best available evidence as well as expert opinion. Find out more and register.

Effective Supervision for Supervisors - being the best you can be!
Online - Thursday, 25th March
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

This interactive one-day workshop helps supervisors in child and family welfare and youth services to understand supervision as a specific area of practice and to develop their practice skills in this area.  Participants consider contemporary thinking and knowledge around supervision frameworks and models and are supported to use this in developing their supervision practice approach. Find out more and register.

A Strengths Based Approach (3 day)
Brisbane - Wednesday, 21st April, Wednesday, 5th May and Wednesday, 19th May
Presented by Lighthouse Resources

This workshop is designed for anyone working alongside clients who may have played with the ideas of strengths based practice or seeking to be refreshed. This could include case managers, counsellors, youth workers, guidance officers, support workers, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupation therapists, and/or workers from the field of disability, housing, domestic violence, child protection, education, health and mental health. Find out more and register.

Vaccination rollout: Q&A with Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young
Online - Tuesday, 23rd February

Commencing in February, the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out will be the largest ever launched in Australia. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, will be overseeing Queensland’s roll-out, which will see social service sector priority groups—aged care residents and workers, disability care residents and workers, and frontline healthcare workers—among the first to be vaccinated. Join QCOSS at a free, online Learning Exchange to hear Dr Young share her knowledge about the vaccination roll-out strategy and answer your questions about its implications for the social service sector. Find out more and register.

Human rights in mental health
Online - Wednesday, 24th February

This free interactive training presented by NDS and Queensland Human Rights Commission is targeted at those working in the disability service sector, particularly front line and service manager roles. This training will build capacity for staff to meet their obligations under the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019. The Act gives protection for 23 separate human rights and obligates public entities to act compatibly with human rights and to give proper consideration to human rights when acting and making a decision. Find out more and register.


Leading Reform webinar
Online or Brisbane - Thursday, 25th February

Join the Queensland Mental Health Commission and a panel of experts for a conversation about reform of the alcohol and other drugs system in Queensland. Commission is working on a renewed alcohol and other drugs plan for Queensland, and has published 10 consultation papers written by leading AOD experts that focus on key areas of reform. This webinar will introduce the conversation around reform measures and how community members can contribute to the discussion. Find out more and register.

ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women and their Children
Online - Monday, 1st to Friday, 5th March

This online symposium will explore how policymakers, practice designers and practitioners are using evidence to understand, respond to and prevent violence against women and their children. Early bird registrations open today and include a discount of up to 33% on the price of registration. The symposium will offer sessions spread over five days and use specialised conference technology to encourage mutual learning and connections, provide flexible attendance options and ensure you have a chance to truly contribute and share ideas. Find out more and register.

Raise the Age March 2021 meeting
Online - Friday, 5th March

This will be the second QCOSS-led strategy meeting to continue work on establishing a state-specific campaign group to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Queensland to 14 years old. This meeting is open to Queensland community sector and NGO sector staff only. Find out more and register.

Disability and Domestic and Family Violence – what every worker needs to know
Online - Thursday, 18th March

National Disability Services and WorkUP Qld invite the disability workforce to participate in free training on disability and domestic and family violence. This training is developed and delivered with people with disability and it has been informed by the disability workforce. The training contains four modules delivered over March and April. This training is for the disability workforce across all roles and levels, with 25 places available. Participants are required to commit to completing the training to ensure equity of access. Find out more and register.

Panel discussion: New frontiers in combatting child exploitation and abuse online
Online - Thursday, 25th March

Child Wise will host this panel discussion where you will have the opportunity to hear from an international panel of leading industry experts and have your questions answered about the rise of online child abuse, and what practical measures you can take to prevent it and protect your business. Speakers include Anna Borgstrom, CEO, NetClean; Jon Rouse APM, Detective Inspector, Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation; and Sharon Pursey OBE, CEO, SafetoNet Foundation. Find out more and register.

SNAICC National Conference 2021
Gold Coast - Monday, 30th August to Thursday, 2nd September

The 9th SNAICC National Conference, Our Children Matter: Innovative Approaches to New World Challenges will be held in the lands of the Yugambeh People. Key themes will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on communities, child safety and wellbeing, early years and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This conference is the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, researchers, practitioners, government representatives, other non-government organisations and industry representatives to gather to share their work, learn from one another and make renewed commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Abstract submissions are now open until 19th February 2021 across five themes and numerous presentation types.

Tenant Service Worker, Supportive Housing (Hope Street Team) - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a permanent part time (24 hrs/week) Tenant Service Worker as part of the Supportive Housing project – Hope Street Team based at Brisbane Common Ground. The role will provide assistance, support and engage with the tenants of Brisbane Common Ground to enable them to sustain their tenancies, and is classified at SCHADS Level 2.4. Applications close Monday, 1st March at 5pm. Find out more and apply

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