The Kinchela Boys Home - during NAIDOC Week
On Thursday, 12th November from 10am to 11.30am, in support of NAIDOC Week, a free film screening will be held online for the short documentary The Kinchela Boys. The presentation will include: accounts from survivors of the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home (KBH) - Uncle Roger Jarred, Uncle Bobby Young and Uncle James Welsh; a screening of 'The Kinchela Boys', a short animated film that was co-written, animated and produced by KBH survivors who tell of their experiences at the KBH and about their lives since; and a live Q&A with Uncle James Welsh, KBH Kin Connect Team Leader, Lesley Franks, whose father attended KBH.
Improving engagement with First Nations families and children - during NAIDOC Week
The Gold Coast Family Law Pathways Network, Family Matters and Bond University invites sector practitioners to take part in a webinar panel discussion with reflections on the film "In My Blood It Runs" featuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous panellists. Discussion on key issues and themes about engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander families in the family law system and the over-representation of First Nations children in out of home care will take place. The webinar will be held Wednesday, 18th November at 1.30pm. Find out more and register.
November is T2A Month
Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Month is held in November each year. T2A Month highlights the needs of young people as they make the journey from the child protection system to adulthood, experiencing positive life outcomes along the way. The T2A launch will be held Thursday, 12th November at Toowoomba. Register here. During T2A Month carers, workers, and support services are encouraged to have a conversation, host an event and get resourced! Find out about upcoming T2A events at the CREATE website and don't forget to register your own. There are also creative online T2A activities available at the website as a kit. An online Young Consultant Panel will be held on Wednesday, 18th November for workers and carers to support young parents who have a care experience. Register here. A statewide, online T2A Gameshow will also be held on 18th November for young people, with bingo, trivia, prizes and Next Step Plus information. The CREATE website has resources for workers and young people about the SORTLI app, Go Your Own Way Kit, T2A Mindfulness Colouring book, a resource for young people about reconnecting safely with family, T2A planning templates and much more. CREATE also has a podcast called ‘Voices in Action’ featuring the stories of CREATE young consultants. Listen here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call CREATE on 07 3317 for more information about T2A Month.
Give your views on how to develop and improve the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
The Australian Government is planning a National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. To inform development, the government are seeking the views of service users, sector colleagues and others impacted by institutional and other forms of child sexual abuse. The memorial will recognise the national significance of institutional child sexual abuse and its impact on people with lived experience, their families and their communities. Its development was recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. You can give your views anonymously via an online survey. The survey will close at midnight Sunday, 22nd November. Please contact the National Memorial Team with any enquiries.
Toolkit on reframing adolescent development
Frameworks Institute and the Centre for the Developing Adolescent have released a toolkit for communicators who want to reframe the narrative about adolescence and adolescent development, based on current evidence. The Core Story of Adolescence helps contextualise adolescent development scientifically and structurally, and the toolkit also includes background on the importance and relevance of framing, how the Core Story was developed, six strategies for reframing the narrative, a metaphor card for exploring the theme of discovery during adolescence, sample slides for presentations, and more.
New code of ethics for Indigenous research
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has produced a Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research, and have also released an accompanying guide to applying the code to research. The code is structured around four main principles of Indigenous self-determination, Indigenous leadership, impact and value, and sustainability and accountability. The code retains much of the information from the superseded AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies 2012 (GERAIS), but has been restructured to reflect emerging standards.
Act for Kids Academy interactive tool to keep children safe
The Act for Kids Academy is an essential learning tool for both corporate and community organisations who work with children directly or indirectly, and are committed to keeping children safe. The tool was launched in late October and can be accessed online for a low cost of $29. The tool is a world-class, evidence-based training program about keeping kids safe, with the proceeds of each membership going towards Act for Kids. Find out more.
UNIFY - your organisation is required to participate
Unify is a joint program between the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, and the Department of Youth Justice. The program aims to implement a contemporary client and case management system and will be implemented in three stages over a four year period. Don’t forget to return the questionnaire sent to all care services contacts by email after the first Town Hall. The responses will inform business and technical requirements for implementation of the new Placement product in Unify. If you have not completed the questionnaire, could you please do so and return the survey to Unify@csyw.qld.gov.au mailbox. If you have not received a questionnaire, please contact the Unify@csyw.qld.gov.au mailbox.
Applications open for supporting education and wellbeing of girls attending single-sex schools
The Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia is inviting applications for the 2021 Alliance Research Grant for research projects specifically related to the education and/or wellbeing of girls attending single-sex schools in Australia and/or New Zealand. Guidelines and application are available for download on the Alliance website, as well as priority areas for research. Applications close Friday, 20th November.
Sector collaboration and workforce development grants open now
WorkUP Queensland is now offering grants to support organisations to develop the capacity of their staff and organisation to respond to workforce challenges. The grant program will provide grants of up to $10,000 (from a pool of $50,000) for a collaborative activity or project of more than one organisation to be completed within 12 months in the domestic, family violence, sexual violence and women’s health and wellbeing sector. Find out more, download guidelines and apply. Applications close COB Friday, 20th November.
Apply to present at the 2021 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
The 2021 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference will be held Monday, 12th to Wednesday, 14th April 2021 on the Gold Coast. If you work assessing, treating and providing ongoing mental health support for children, young people, and their families, the conference committee want to view your application to be featured in the lineup of presenters. This year's theme is No Turning Back, and applications are being accepted across six presentation types and four topic areas. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 11th December.
ANROWS 2021 National Conference announced
The 2021 ANROWS National Research Conference will be held 1st to 5th March 2021, in an all new online format. The online symposium reimagines a more affordable, more accessible and interactive space for collaboration and learning, and will be a nimble, participatory and engaging event. Spread over five days, sessions will offer insights from women with lived expertise, researchers, policymakers and practitioners in a range of engaging formats. Registrations to open soon. Sign up to alerts to stay up to date as details are released.
2021 Frontline Mental Health Conference
The 2021 Frontline Mental Health Conference will be held Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th March at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference is designed to explore specialist advice and care for frontline workers and first responders throughout all stages of training, service, and retirement. Apply to present and join a line up of speakers sharing ideas, experiences and new ways to provide tailored mental health care to frontline workers and first responders. In-person and virtual presentations applications are currently being accepted across three topic areas: Driving Meaningful Change (Management); Mentally Healthy Workforce (Personnel); and Mental Health Care. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 13th November.
Invitation to participate in research on technology-facilitated abuse
Researchers at Monash University and RMIT are inviting workers with clients experiencing technology-facilitated abuse, or using technology as a tool of abuse, to participate in an ANROWS-funded research project to help inform prevention and responses to this type of violence. Technology-facilitated abuse refers to abuse involving mobile and digital technologies, such as online sexual harassment, stalking and image-based abuse. Workers are invited to complete a 20-minute anonymous online survey. Access the survey to participate or find out more.
Share your views on Indigenous cultural competency in schools
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) is seeking views on how teachers and leaders in schools across Australia can be supported to enhance their Indigenous cultural competency. Responses to focus questions are invited, based on four areas for discussion: what does a culturally competent teaching workforce look like? What does an educator need to be considered culturally competent? What does cultural safety look like in schools? What might some barriers be? Responses are invited until Monday, 30th November. Find out more and participate.