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- Monday, 29th January 2018 -

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Report on government services 2018 released

Chapter 16 of the Report on Government Services (ROGS) 2018 was released by the Productivity Commission on 23rd January. Chapter 16 covers child protection services and provides data from all states and territories about notifications, investigations, substantiations, out-of-home care, court orders, use of family support and intensive family support services, and government expenditure in 2016-17. While some of the Queensland data had already been released on the Department's website, the tables include data from all jurisdictions and since 2007-08. This means that comparisons and reflections over time are possible. The chapter includes information that helps understand each performance measure, what constitutes good performance, and comparative performance. Caveats about comparability of data sets and performance over time are also included. Access chapter 16 from here. Other chapters focus on juvenile justice, homelessness services, and services for people with disability. The chapters on education and training, and child care will be released in early February.  

What Works Well in SILS resource

G-Force is a state-wide working group, chaired by the CREATE Foundation, that seeks to support those working with young people in out-of-home care. G-Force has released a resource that highlights best practice in Supported Independent Living Service (SILS) placements from the perspectives of young people and workers, "What Works Well in SILS?". For young people, consistent and non-invasive support was seen as most important, with workers recognising the importance of listening to young people's needs to provide tailored support.

Cyberbullying the focus for new Youth Advisory Council established by QFCC

Cyberbullying will be the focus for a new dedicated Youth Advisory Council comprising of six youth champions and a statewide survey of the views of Queensland children to be conducted by the Queensland Families and Child Commission (QFCC) between March and June. Premier Palaszczuk will host a host cyberbullying roundtable in Brisbane on Tuesday, 30th January to discuss an issues paper on cyberbullying that will be taken to the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on Friday, 9th February. 

Blue card online forms

Blue Card Services has launched new online access to forms which allows applicants to click through to complete applications for Blue Card (BC), Blue Card Business (BCB), Exemption (E) and Exemption Business (EB). The forms can be accessed on the Blue Card Services website

ICPS Director offers reflections on Royal Commission's findings

Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Professor Daryl Higgins, has reflected on the findings in the Final Report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He contends that organisational leaders of institutions with responsibility for children must drive cultural change, better manage situational risks, and prioritise the participation of children and young people in decision making. Read more of his thoughts here. Read more about PeakCare's preliminary response to the Final Report here.

Participants called for AIFS study on children and young people in separated families

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is conducting a research project into the experiences of children and parents of the family law services system. They are currently recruiting children and young people (aged 10-17 years of age) and parents to participate in the study. For more information and to participate, visit the website.

Queensland Women in Leadership Award nominations open

The Queensland Women in Leadership Awards recognise the outstanding work, resilience and leadership skills of women from across Queensland. Held on International Women’s Day, 8th March, the awards acknowledge the influential work of women leaders and highlight the fundamental role these individuals play in developing, empowering and contributing to the community. Nominations are now open in two categories for established or emerging women in leadership. Download the nomination form here and send to by Sunday, 18th February.

Smoking guns: evidence-informed policy and practice

Given that many organisations are in the process of developing or reviewing their strategic and operational plans, this week’s ‘In the Read’ includes three resources about using evidence to inform policy, programs and practice. Remember to be a critical reader of research and evaluations, particularly the descriptions of the methodology, acknowledged limitations, and conclusions so you can be confident that the research or evaluation has been designed and conducted ethically and inclusively. This is critical in a field such as child protection and a place like Queensland which has a diverse population and geography. For example, the participation of children and young people, parents, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be critical to whether the content is relevant and applicable to your context and clients. 

You can access information about guidelines for researching with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people here. Click here to access the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Click here for information relevant to researching with Child Safety Services clients. 

Using evidence in policy and programs, a policy brief from the Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, sets out a decision-making framework that involves three key components equally: evidence-based programs (EBPs), evidence-based processes, and client and professional values and beliefs, within an evidence-informed decision-making framework. The paper asserts that evidence-informed (rather than evidence-based) approaches are more likely to deliver effective outcomes as evidence-based programs often fail some cohorts, particularly the most vulnerable families.

Lamenting that most EBPs reach only a small fraction of the people who would benefit, the Casey Foundation commissioned a study, Spreading evidence-based programs. It focuses on purveyors - organisations that disseminate EBPs - their role in the spread of EBPs, and their views about what may be standing in the way. Four programs are examined as in-depth case studies: HOMEBUILDERS®, KEEP, Multisystemic Therapy, and PATHS. Three things were identified as standing in the way: lack of resources, lack of expertise, and lack of incentive to expand the reach of their EBPs. Recommendations are made to purveyors and to others with links in the chain that can lead from evidence to impact - developers, funders, implementers, and supporting organisations such as clearinghouses.

Using evidence to strengthen policies for investing in children, from RAND Europe, provides a starting point for policymakers seeking information on how to use evidence to strengthen policies for investing in children. The guide covers the basics of some approaches to using evidence including conducting needs assessments, selecting practices that have shown promise in previous implementation, developing a logic model to help plan a practice and determine if it has achieved its objectives, and conducting or overseeing various types of evaluation including theory-based evaluations and counterfactual impact evaluations. The guide contains original material and also points users to existing useful material that is available for free on the Internet.

Frightened Disturbed Dangerous?
Gold Coast - Thursday, 22nd February
Presented by Compass Seminars

This half day workshop will be delivered by Scandinavian psychologist, Bo Hejlskov Elvén, 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 care, foster, juvenile justice, 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 apply the ‘rules’ for succinct but effective recording, including efficient and useful case notes, assessment notes and action plans, and well-supported practice decisions. 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 parents’ 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.

1st Asia Pacific Safe & Together Model Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 7th to Thursday, 8th February 2018

The Safe & Together Institute (USA) and the Berry Street Childhood Institute will be holding the 1st Asia Pacific Safe & Together Model Conference. The Safe & Together Model is an internationally respected approach for working with families impacted by domestic violence perpetrator behaviour. Join David Mandel, the Executive Director of the Safe & Together Institute and creator of the Safe & Together Model, and other change leaders from across Australia, for this conference, and learn about intervening with perpetrators as parents, partnering with adult survivors and promoting safer and more stable homes for children. Find out more.


Understanding legal issues in banking, credit, and debt
Webinar - Friday, 9th February

Legal Aid Queensland will be delivering a free webinar for community, health and education workers at 10am AEST on the topic of legal issues in banking, credit and debt including those faced by consumers following Christmas, changes to the dispute resolution process in the financial sector, and debt collection and the change in process by some debt collection firms. Participants can also submit general questions prior to the seminar on the registration form. Find out more or register here.

Working with Men Conference
Sydney - Tuesday, 13th to Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The Working with Men to End Family Violence Conference 2018 aims to work towards ensuring the safety of women and children and, ultimately, ending family violence. This is Australia’s only conference focused on working with men. The conference will explore ways to enhance primary prevention, optimise men’s behaviour change programs, improve work with Indigenous men and communities, and increase collaboration, coordination and integration in the service system to improve outcomes. A must-attend for all who work with men or with those affected by men’s violence. Find out more.

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.

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. Early bird registrations are now open.

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 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 2018

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. The conference is currently accepting online abstract submissions until Monday, 18th December and registrations to attend.

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.

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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