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- Friday, 6th July 2018 -

Because of her, we can! is the 2018 NAIDOC Week (8th-15th July) theme, highlighting the vital roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women as leaders and activists in their own communities and nationally. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are the unsung heroes that continue to fight for justice and equal rights, rights to country, access to education and employment, and the continuation and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and art. Too often are the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women minimised, disregarded or ignored. This NAIDOC Week provides the opportunity to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women the recognition they deserve.

Read more of the stories behind the inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Find out more about the art behind the 2018 theme, which depicts the courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and download and display the poster in your workplace to show your support.  

Attend an event in celebration of NAIDOC Week, and check back to see the winners of the NAIDOC National Awards to be held in Sydney on 13th July, recognising the contributions of Indigenous Australians to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their communities and beyond, and exceeding in their fields.  

Don't be a 'Harold' - register for a Roundtable now

By now, all PeakCare Members and Supporters will have received their invitation to attend one of our five Roundtable meetings to be held at Townsville (23rd July), Brisbane (25th July), Hervey Bay (27th July), Kedron (1st August) and Beaudesert (2nd August).

So far, representatives from 17 Member agencies have registered for one or more of the Roundtables, with several others indicating that they intend doing so. It’s also understood that our friends at QATSICPP are arranging for their membership to be well represented at each of the Roundtables. Those who have already registered will soon be receiving a ‘workbook’ to assist them in preparing for their attendance. PeakCare believes that it is important that ALL our Members are well represented at the Roundtables.

Take this as a firm warning - Don’t be a ‘Harold’ and leave it too late to register!
(a ‘private joke’ for Members and Supporters who received their Roundtable invitations earlier this week).

To register your attendance at one of the Roundtable meetings, click here.

Are you not yet a PeakCare Member or Supporter and wish to attend a Roundtable? Click here for details about submitting a membership application. You are reminded that a 10% discount on the first annual membership fee will be given to those who apply for membership prior to 31st July 2018.

New video release - Privacy and consent; what does this mean for you?

In October 2017, the Quality Collaboration Network in association with PeakCare and QCOSS jointly hosted a workshop on Consent, right to information and privacy in Brisbane. The workshop was attended by workers with responsibilities relevant to various quality assurance and accreditation regimes, responding to requests for personal information and/or steering organisational practice regarding personal information management in community- based child protection and disability service settings. PeakCare is pleased to release our video of the presentation on Privacy and Consent: What does this mean for the community services sector? presented by Catherine Moynihan, Official Solicitor and Director of Legal Services/ Investigations , Office of the Public Guardian and Melissa Wilson, Principal Legal Officer – Child Advocate, Office of the Public Guardian. Click here to watch the video.

Department releases Strategic Plan 

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has now released its Strategic Plan 2018-2022. The strategies range across six key objectives: ensuring children are safe, thriving and connected in families and communities; reducing youth offending; safety from domestic, family and sexual violence; more opportunities for young Queenslanders; promoting the rights, interests and wellbeing of Queensland women and girls; and improving service delivery. Director-General, Michael Hogan, also notes that "at the core of everything we do will be a strong commitment to building our cultural capability and ensuring First Nations Peoples’ cultural identity, diversity and richness are central to all our decisions."

Funding available

The Queensland government's Dignity First Fund aims to support Queenslanders to help the homeless. Applications are open until 17th August. Preference will be given to place-based projects that address unmet needs and respond to targeted cohorts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, vulnerable families, young people and older people. The Mercy Foundation's Grants to End Homelessness are open for Expressions of Interest until 9th August for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions. Priority areas are chronic homelessness and chronic homelessness affecting women.

New online reporting tool for young people

Bravehearts, Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and the Queensland Police Service Taskforce Argos have launched an online reporting tool for children and young people to help catch those who pose an online danger to children. Join the Dots empowers kids to report concerning online behaviour directly to Bravehearts who will respect all requests for young people to remain anonymous, though the information will be passed on to the police to help identify predatory patterns of behaviour. In developing the tool, the QFCC consulted with more than 100 children and young people ranging from 8-17 years old, and discovered that while young people were often less inclined to report concerning behaviour to protect themselves, being empowered to protect siblings and other children was a stronger motivating factor in their willingness to report. 

2018 Queensland Youth Justice Forum

The 2018 Queensland Youth Justice Forum will be held Wednesday, 18th July from 9am at The Ship Inn Function Centre, Level 2, South Brisbane. The Forum will bring together key legal, justice, academic and policy professionals in a constructive dialogue around the future of youth justice in Queensland. Professor Elena Marchetti, Griffith Law School, and Magistrate Jacquie Payne, Brisbane Magistrates Court, will deliver keynotes on the day. RSVP online by 11th July to register.

QCOSS focusses on Changing Lives

Building on the momentum of QCOSS’ Movement For Change Conference and Pulse conversations, a series of regional events will be held with the aim of creating real social change in 13 Queensland communities. Changing Lives, Changing Communities will kick off in Capricornia, Fraser Coast and Townsville during August. Community members are invited to attend this free, two-day event to explore what it takes to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. Bring a friend or colleague and work together to develop a shared vision and equip yourself with knowledge and actions to make real social change.

Parents in the child protection system - Family Inclusion

Part Two of the AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group Forum – Who is the Client? on the intersection of child protection, family support and domestic and family violence focused on the experiences and needs of parents in the child protection system. This week In the Spotlight looks at the issues highlighted by Southeast Queensland Family Inclusion Network. 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.

Child protection reform strategies across Australia - Queensland takes the lead

As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse pointed out, there were over 79 government-initiated inquiries into child protection between 1989 and 2014, with at least another 6 since then. Recommendations vary but there are common themes. Consequently each state and territory has child protection reform strategies on the go. Queensland’s reform roadmap came out of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, the Carmody Inquiry, but efforts have since been joined-up with responses to recommendations from other inquiries, such as the prevention of domestic and family violence, and reviews of the foster care and working with children check systems. The overarching name for the ‘child and family’ reforms is Supporting Families Changing Futures. Unlike many other jurisdictions, Queensland has developed dedicated strategies and actions around reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families: ‘Our Way: A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families’, and the first action plan, ‘Changing Tracks: an action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families’.

Explore the reform strategies in other states and territories. They’re all the same, and they’re all a little bit different. NSW – Their Futures Matter. Victoria – Roadmap for reform: strong families, safe children. Western Australia is rolling out reforms across child protection and family support. South Australia is making a fresh start to re-orient and reform the child protection system. Tasmania – Strong Families - Safe Kids. ACT is reforming OOHC with A Step Up for Our Kids and has an info-sheet about reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Territory Families has a strategic plan with a vision to empower families and communities for a safe and better future.   

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting
Gladstone - Tuesday, 10th July
Presented by NAPCAN

This 3-hour interactive workshop covers essential knowledge for anyone working with children and young people, particularly those covered by mandatory reporting requirements. Topics covered include: roles and responsibilities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, legislative requirements including mandatory reporting, organisational/individual responsibility in responding to early indicators of harm and family support needs, how to respond, and prevention strategies. This workshop will also be held in other locations around Queensland. Find out more and register

Masterclass in Working Effectively with Groups 
Brisbane - Saturday, 14th to Sunday, 15th July
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This is a weekend workshop is for those working or training as social and community service providers, counselling or anyone wanting to explore, develop confidence, and further group facilitation skills. The workshop offers an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of group process and the managing of group energy and leadership skills. The contents are crucial for Social Workers in general and mental health practitioners in particular due to the fact that social workers are fully engaged in work a variety of group therapy and community group work. Find out more and register.

Expert evidence in the Childrens Court
Brisbane - Wednesday, 18th July
Presented by Child Protection Practitioners Association Queensland

This CPPAQ Practice Paper will address the purpose of expert evidence in the Childrens Court, what expert reports should contain, and issues to consider when commissioning a social assessment report. It will further consider how courts can appraise social assessment reports about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, and how cultural competence can be assured. Magistrate Andrew Moloney will chair the discussion with panellists Rayleigh Joy from LifeCare Consultancy, Candice Butler from QATSICPP, and Maree Crawford from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Attendance is FREE for CPPAQ Members. Find out more and register.

Best Practice in Case Note Writing
Brisbane - Tuesday, 7th August
Presented by Amovita Consulting

This half-day training explores the importance of case note writing and recording, best practice principles, and takes participants through a range of scenarios and case studies in which to develop best practice writing skills. Participants will also learn Amovita’s exclusive R.E.A.S.O.N. Case Note Writing Framework. Find out more and register.

123 Magic & Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd August
Presented by Parentshop

A comprehensive one-day training course that provides skills to teach parents and carers of 2-12 year-olds the skills to manage children's difficult behaviour. The professional training includes role play, group discussion, worksheets and videos. This one-day course equips professionals with the knowledge to teach parents the program over three sessions and/or how to teach the tenets of the program in a few one-to-one clinical sessions. Each participant receives professional practitioner training resources including a manual, slideshow and session-by-session guidelines to facilitate parent meetings. Find out more and register.

Tuning In to Acting Out: responding to the behaviours and needs of young people
Brisbane - Thursday, 23rd August

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

We all acknowledge the principle that children and young people who need care are best placed with kin, if there are family members who can provide safety and help meet their emotional needs. However there are some challenges to be overcome! Achieving positive family contact with parents can be tricky, and research tells us that reunification planning can be more difficult than with non-relative carers. Family of origin patterns of interaction, and longstanding issues around relationships and the meanings attributed to past events, can be complicated. Cultural and customary kinship roles add a further dimension. This workshop puts the spotlight on the particular issues which workers must address for kinship care to work well, and considers strategies to assist all parties to focus on the child’s needs irrespective of ‘family’ issues. Find out more and register.

Brisbane - Tuesday, 4th September
Presented by Compass Seminars

Research is clearly showing that well designed primary schools and classroom environments boost children’s learning ability. By modifying and fine tuning the environment, we are basically changing the sensory environment for students. Factors such as visual glare, the effect of florescent lights, impact of posters on classroom walls, noise level, seating organisation, seating options, tactile options, transitions and playground equipment are just some of the sensory and environmental players in schools.Understanding the core concepts of sensory processing, how to identify sensory reactions or sensory driven behaviours in classrooms and schools is critical in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who also struggle significantly with sensory processing difficulties daily. Find out more and register

Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people - Intergenerational trauma youth forum
Brisbane - Tuesday, 24th July 

The Healing Foundation will host a public forum and webinar discussing best practice in shaping strategies with young people in healing from Intergenerational Trauma. The forum brings together young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, policy makers, community leaders, and professionals. Speakers will include Professor Helen Milroy, a leader in Indigenous mental health and trauma; young advocates Tonii Skeen and Karlie Stewart; and Joel Wenitong, a respected community mentor and member of The Last Kinection. The Healing Foundation is inviting young people aged from 17 - 25 years in particular to attend in person, and if they can't, to attend online. Save the date and stay tuned for updates!


2018 AIFS Conference: What matters most to families in the 21st Century?
Melbourne - Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. Every two years, the AIFS Conference offers unrivalled opportunities to mix with leading thinkers, decision-makers and researchers across a range of sectors and disciplines who are dedicated to improving the lives of families. Join leading thinkers and change-makers at the 2018 AIFS Conference – What matters most to families in the 21st Century? which will look ahead and ask: what does the future for families look like? What are the challenges and opportunities and how prepared are we? Exploring these questions requires boldness, curiosity and imagination, and the AIFS 2018 Conference will provide rich debate and inquiry, and encourage participants to engage with the emerging issues for families. The Conference MCs will be Virginia Trioli, ABC journalist, and Madonna King, writer and journalist and the Conference boasts a range of renowned speakers

3rd Biennial Childhood Trauma Conference 2018
Melbourne - Sunday, 29th July to Friday, 3rd August

The Australian Childhood Foundation presents this conference with 18 internationally renowned practitioners and major authors in the field of trauma and neuroscience offering the opportunity to hear about innovative, practical and translatable ways of working with creative arts, sand tray, play, attachment based dynamics, movement and sensorimotor intervention. The conference themes of Trust, Love and Betrayal are at the core of the experience of childhood trauma and ultimately the relationships which can offer safety, hope and resolution. Find out more and register.

Managing employees - how do we do that?
Webinar - Tuesday, 31st July

Have you recently volunteered or joined a Management Committee? Do you have loads of questions and not sure of the answers? Would you like some help in understanding your role and responsibilities as an employer? This QCOSS webinar is specifically designed to help new and existing Management Committee members to understand their responsibilities as an employer and also the responsibilities to their employees. The webinar will cover communication, effective management, successful induction, ensuring safety and workplace procedures are adequately in place, and effective teamwork. The webinar will be presented by Susan Cislowski from Community Management Solutions. Find out more and register.

UQ Deaths in Custody project launch
Brisbane - Wednesday, 1st August

The University of Queensland's Deaths in Custody Project is a partnership between the TC Beirne School of Law and Sisters Inside Inc. aimed at shining a light on the deaths of criminalised people that happen in prisons, in police cells and in other custodial environments around Australia each year. Since 2016, teams of law students have donated many hours of their time pro bono, for no academic credit or reward, to finding, reading and analysing over 500 deaths in custody inquest findings. The results of their research have now been compiled on a new website, to give researchers and members of the public better access to the stories of those who have lost their lives in custody. Speakers at the project launch will include: Debbie Kilroy OAM, Sisters Inside Inc., Stephen Keim SC, Higgins Chambers, and Tamara Walsh, Professor, UQ. Find out more and register.

ACWA Conference and National Kinship Care Forum
Sydney -
Monday, 20th to Thursday, 23rd August 

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2018 will highlight the continuing endeavour of working with community organisations in providing positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families. ACWA is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families. Find out more and register. Following the Conference, the National Kinship Care Forum will be held at the Australian Human Rights Commission, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney. The Forum will discuss the importance of kinship care, which now provides more statutory out-of home care than foster care across Australia. Attendance is free - find out more.

Protective Behaviours Australia Conference 2018
Brisbane - Thursday, 30th to Friday, 31st August

Act for Kids, NAPCAN and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are partnering with Protective Behaviours Australia, to present the Protective Behaviours Australia Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. The two-day event features keynote speakers from all across Australia sharing their research, insights and knowledge of protective behaviours. Combined with informative and interactive workshops, attendees will walk away empowered with the knowledge to collectively reduce the incidence and impact of abuse and violence in the community and keep our kids safe. Discounted accommodation rates are available at Oaks Casino Towers, Oaks Festival Towers and ISTAY River City.

15th Annual Micah Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance 
Brisbane - Friday, 31st August

The annual Micah Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance will be be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. In true Micah Projects fashion, it is a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together as equals, to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your tickets now.

Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September

The Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry in Queensland. This year's dinner will be hosted by Kay McGrath, with Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence speaking. Find out more and purchase tickets.

The Sanctuary Model in Context
Brisbane - Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th October

The Sanctuary Institute Australia and MacKillop Family Services are inviting community services organisations and schools to attend a two-day seminar to support cultures of safety, wellbeing and learning in organisations. Participants will learn about The Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed, whole of organisation change model that responds to the impact of chronic stress and adversity. Educators should note this program meets the requirements for provisional or full teacher registration for 14 hours of Professional Learning in every Australian state. Teachers will be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and proficiency on Standard 1 and 4 of Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL). View the flyer for more details or register here.

10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium
Hobart - Tuesday, 16th to Wednesday, 17th October

The 10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is an opportunity for policy makers, clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health professionals to join together and provide a collaborative platform for the challenges, solutions, innovations, support systems and networks for rural mental health. Find out more and register.

2018 ACOSS National Conference
Sydney - Monday, 29th and Tuesday, 30th October

The ACOSS National Conference has been a key event for civil society in Australia for over six decades. Each year hundreds of thought leaders, policy makers, political leaders, social innovators, practitioners, academics, campaigners, community leaders and social justice advocates come together to engage in collective public policy analysis, discussion and debate; identifying challenges and strategising solutions with the view to address poverty and inequality and enhance social cohesion in Australia.At this year's conference dinner ACOSS and HESTA will be co-presenting the Community Sector Awards. Early bird tickets are now available - don't miss out! 

2018 Youth Health Conference
Gold Coast - Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th November

The Australian Association for Adolescent Health and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association have partnered to host the 2018 Youth Health Conference. This year’s conference theme, “Owning Future Change”, invites young people, clinicians, researchers, educators and policy makers to act now to identify challenges and implement solutions to create real change in the lives and health of young Australians. The 2018 Youth Health Conference is the platform where the latest research findings will be presented with policy and practice recommendations, and where innovative models of care will be showcased. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Health and Sexuality Education and Sexual Health are major themes in this year’s conference. Find out more and register.

FRSA 2018 National Conference
Cairns - Tuesday, 20th to Friday, 23rd November 

The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support children, families and communities. The Conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel with the theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide: The Eighth Gathering
Sydney - Monday, 26th to Thursday, 29th November

The International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide has invited The Healing Foundation and The University of Sydney to join together to celebrate the strengths of Indigenous peoples across the world. Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering will share the experiences, resilience and challenges confronting Indigenous peoples across the world.

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.

Caseworkers x 2 - YAC

YAC is seeking two full time case workers for its new support program for young people in the youth justice system from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast. One position is a full time family support caseworker (identified Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander position), and one position is a full time youth support caseworker. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 16th July.

DV Specialist Worker (rostered), BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah is seeking a locum DV Specialist Worker (rostered) to work with the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS). This position is an after-hours crisis response to domestic violence. The role is responsible for providing a crisis response to individuals who have been referred to Safer Lives as victims of domestic violence primarily by DV Connect and Queensland Police. Find out more and apply. Applications close Thursday, 19th July.

Support and Advocacy Manager, BDVS - Micah

Micah is seeking a locum Support and Advocacy Manager to work with the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) for eight (8) months. The objective of this position is to lead the planning, delivery and monitoring of the SLMS model and specialist domestic violence workers that support people affected by domestic and family violence across the Brisbane region. Find out more and apply. Applications close Thursday, 19th July.

Clinician - Bravehearts

Bravehearts is seeking a Registered Psychologist or Mental Health Accredited Clinician to join the team at Springwood. Reporting to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, this role provides counselling with adults, children, young people and their families who have experienced, or may be at risk of child sexual assault. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 20th July.

Clinician (part time) - Bravehearts

Bravehearts is seeking a Registered Psychologist or Mental Health Accredited Clinician to join the team at Strathpine. Reporting to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, this role provides counselling with adults, children, young people and their families who have experienced, or may be at risk of child sexual assault. This part-time role is for three days per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 20th July.

Practice Supervisor - Bravehearts 

Bravehearts is seeking a full time Practice Supervisor to join the team. Reporting to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, this role provides supervision, debriefing, self-care and professional development of the team across the three locations, Arundel, Springwood and Strathpine. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 20th July. 

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