Your response to the State Budget
Have you read the comments received in response to the lead article in last week’s edition of eNews? Click here to read the responses received so far and then add your own, anonymously if you prefer. PeakCare will make sure that your comments are brought to the attention of the Government. Do not miss the opportunity to make your views known.
TAFE student placements - can your organisation assist?
The Communities programs at TAFE Queensland Brisbane have students from all over Brisbane currently completing courses including diplomas in: Child, Youth and Family Intervention; Youth Work; Community Services and Mental Health. TAFE is looking for organisations that will be able to accept students to provide vocational placement opportunities now and in 2021. If your organisation can assist, contact Garry Rapp by phone on 07 3244 5436 or email to email@example.com
New Best Practice guide on participation of young people in decisions that affect them
CREATE has released another in their Best Practice Guides series - this time on the topic of participation of children and young people in decisions that affect them, particularly in the out of home care context. When children and young people are supported to partake in decisions about their own lives, it not only improves sense of self-worth while growing up, but also sets the foundation for enhanced independent decision-making in adulthood. The Guide is based on children and young people's own concerns voiced during the 2019 CREATE Conference, and sets out seven principles for organisations and workers to support child-centred processes and policies and facilitate meaningful engagement in decision-making processes. Access the guide and print out a poster for your office to easily reference the main points.
Parity publication call for contributions
Australia's national homelessness publication Parity is calling for contributions for the February 2021 edition: "A New Direction Home: The Future of Leaving Care". Contributions are sought exploring issues directly experienced by young people in out of home care (OoHC) and those leaving care in Queensland, as well as service and practitioner responses to these issues. The edition will examine and discuss the changes that have been made in the management and regulation of OoHC in different state and territory jurisdictions since 2016, the governance of the provision of OoHC and what supports are in place for assisting the transition to independence, as well as what is practically involved in extending the age of leaving care - and how it has been put into place in Tasmania and Victoria. Read the most recent editions of Parity on the topic of transitioning from care here and here. Access the contribution guidelines here, with a background and framework for discussion. Contributions can be articles of up to 1,600 word and the closing deadline is Friday, 12th February 2021. Enquiries can be directed to Noel Murray via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
QCOSS State Budget Analysis 2020
On Thursday, 10th December QCOSS will hold its State Budget Analysis event at 8am online via Zoom. Join QCOSS and Minister for Communities and Housing, Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP to discuss the recently handed down Queensland State Budget and its impact on the community services sector. Email questions to email@example.com. The event is free for QCOSS Members. Register now.
Nominations close tomorrow for Pro Bono Impact 25 Awards
Nominations close tomorrow, Wednesday 9th December, for the Pro Bono Impact 25 Awards. This esteemed accolade recognises the most influential people in the Australian social sector, as voted by their peers. Recognise the extraordinary people who quietly take action in their communities and influence the lives of those around them, by nominating them for an Award. Find out more and nominate.
Entries open to help design new Children's Rights font
Children and young people 3-18 years old are invited to choose their favourite letter of the alphabet and decorate it in a way that highlights a children's right, such as the right to play, to an education, a healthy environment, or the right to have a say or to be safe. Entries will go into the competition to be part of the Children's Rights Queensland TypeRights font, which will be used to brand educational materials about children's rights. Over 30 prizes are in the pool for winning designs. The competition closes 31st January 2021. Find out more and submit a design.
Can you help kids in care this Christmas?
The Pyjama Foundation has opened the call to raise funds to provide 45 children in foster care their very own special Pyjama Angel this Christmas. Every little bit counts toward this goal. Pyjama Angels are volunteers who are screened and trained to create positive relationships with children in care; empowering them with learning, life skills and confidence. Pyjama Angels implement the Love of Learning Program which is a learning-based mentoring program for children in care. The Love of Learning program is the only service of its type supporting children in care with evidence-based literacy and numeracy programs in the out-of-school environment in Australia. You can help more children access this incredible resource by donating your chosen amount.
Have your say
The Families in Australia Towards COVID Normal survey wants to understand how ordinary Australians have been adjusting to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and where supports could be strengthened. Respondents must be over 18 and Australian residents and participants can opt in to the draw to win one of five shopping vouchers valued at $500 each.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies has been commissioned by ANROWS to survey family law system professionals, legal and non-legal, to understand their experiences and views about the parenting order enforcement regime. You are invited to take part if you are a legal professional (including judicial officers, barristers and solicitors) or non-legal professional (including FDR practitioners, family violence sector professionals, and professionals working in post-separation support services, such as parenting order programs). Find out more and participate. The survey will close 28th February 2021.