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- Tuesday, 10th November -

Always Was, Always Will Be

recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.

Always Was, Always Will Be.

(Extract from this year's NAIDOC Week theme)

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 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 mailbox. If you have not received a questionnaire, please contact the 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.

In a break from tradition, PeakCare has elected to defer our Awards Ceremony and Annual General Meeting until early 2021 – think of it as not only celebrating the end of a very challenging year, but also welcoming in the new year. The good news is that this gives you more time to nominate candidates for one or more of PeakCare’s illustrious awards. You now have until COB Monday, 30th November 2020 to nominate candidates worthy of our adulation and respect.

The Award categories include:

  • The SIC (translation: good, awesome) - to be awarded to an individual, workgroup, organisation, alliance or collective for innovative or exemplary design or delivery of services to Queensland children, young people, parents and/or families.
  • The DEADLY (no translation needed) - to be awarded to an individual, workgroup, organisation, alliance or collective for their recognition and promotion of self-determination by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to the safety and wellbeing of their children, young people and families.
  • The WOKE (translation: highly aware of social issues) - to be awarded to an individual, organisation, alliance or collective for their advocacy and influence in achieving improved outcomes for Queensland children, young people, parents and families.
  • The LEGEND (translation: fabulous, famous for their unique qualities and impact over many years) - to be awarded to an individual for their lifetime contribution to the wellbeing of Queensland children, young people, parents and families.

Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach
Brisbane - Wednesday, 12th and Thursday, 19th November
Presented by Lighthouse Resources

Through an introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach® as a philosophy for creating healthy relationships with the people in your life, this webinar will provide powerful tools to improve not only how children and young people views themselves, but also the world around them, so they can embrace themselves and embrace life. Find out more and register.

Documentation, Report Writing and Attending Court
Webinar - Wednesday, 18th November
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and Slater+Gordon Laywers

This reduced cost one-hour webinar provides an overview of best practice for documenting clinical notes and writing reports for court: content, access, storage and litigation. Subpoenas and your obligations are explained. Attending court, giving evidence and your conduct in court are explored. This session will assist you to minimise your legal risks and survive the court process. Find out more and register.

Key Skills in Family Therapy
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th to Friday, 27th November

Presented by Compass Seminars

This two-day workshop is aimed at practitioners who work with children, young people, adults, couples, families, and/or organisations supporting clients with mental health issues. This workshop aims to introduce participants to core Family Therapy concepts and broaden practitioners understanding of how to view “the client’s problem”, as well as provide practical skills and interventions for use with the client groups with which they work, built on theoretical constructs from systemic, structural, solution focused and narrative family therapy models to teach core thinking and interviewing skills in family therapy. Find out more and register.

Working with Dads webinar series Session 2
Webinar - Wednesday, 11th November

Relationships Australia will deliver this second short session for professionals working with dads to gain knowledge, practical advice and strategies to engage dads and families in positive and effective ways. Over three sessions, participants will learn in depth about the Support for Fathers fatherhood resources and professionals’ toolkit. Session 3 will be held on Wednesday, 18th November. Each session includes interactive elements, group discussion and Q&A. Find out more and register.

The Kinchela Boys
Webinar - Thursday, 12th November

This NAIDOC Week, the Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia invite you to view and discuss this important and powerful short film. Hear from survivors of the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home (KBH) Uncle Roger Jarred, Uncle Bobby Young and Uncle James Welsh. Find out more and register.

Legal and practical responses to child sexual abuse (QLD-specific)
Webinar - Thursday, 12th November

This two-hour training course by In Safe Hands - Educators in Safety will assist early years educators, organisations and individuals to comply with their legislative requirements and meet duty of care obligations regarding child abuse. Find out more and register.

Community Services Gateway to Industry Schools Employer Webinar
Webinar - Thursday, 12th November

Would you like to recruit and hire young people with the right fit and skills set? Need to increase your workforce? Keen to support our young people start a career in the sector? The Community Services Gateway to Industry School Project provides opportunities for employers to engage with local schools to grow our future workforce in this free short webinar. Find out more and register.

What would it take to re-engage young people with education/learning?
Webinar - Thursday, 12th November

This online forum is the second in a series organised by YANQ in response to findings of a recent survey where the respondents prioritised Re-engagement with Education as the key topic for discussion and exploration by the sector. Focused on the theme ‘Building relationships to improve the lives of young people’, this forum will be an opportunity to hear from researchers and practitioners in the field and to network with other youth workers and explore collectively how we can support young people during these challenging times. Find out more and register.

Helping victims of violence apply for financial assistance
Webinar - Tuesday, 17th November

Do you support victims of violence in Queensland? Victim Assist Queensland's last training for the year will be held virtually to discuss how to support victims in applying for financial assistance. The quick 30 minute session will focus on how to complete the application forms correctly and what documents to attach, as well as answering participant questions. RSVP to

Working with evaluators: What do you need to know?
Webinar - Thursday, 19th November

This free webinar, hosted by the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA), will bring together a panel of social service providers and evaluators to discuss how to build successful evaluation partnerships. The panellist will discuss: is there a “right” time to do evaluation? What evaluators can help with? How to prepare for evaluation? Stories about the successes and failures of evaluation partnerships? Find out more and register.

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

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 open 4th December 2020 and registrations will open 19th February 2021.

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