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- Friday, 1st June 2018 -

Are you employed by a PeakCare member organisation? Are YOU interested in being co-opted to serve as a Member of PeakCare’s Board?

PeakCare’s Constitution allows for the ‘co-opting’ of up to two persons to serve on the Board, additional to those who are elected by the membership at Annual General Meetings. Co-opted Members do not have the ‘voting rights’ held by elected Board Members. Currently, one of the co-opted positions on the Board is vacant and the Board has elected to call for expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for this role.

Read more for advice about whether or not you may be eligible to take on this important role and the process for expressing your interest. Expressions of interest are to be received by COB on Wednesday, 20th June 2018.

Legislative changes underway

Changes resulting from the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 have commenced this year, allowing the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women to provide more information to people who are, or have been in out-of-home care, parents and guardians, the police and child welfare authorities in other jurisdictions. Further changes will take effect later in the year, under four key areas: Safe care and connection, that recognises the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the importance of ensuring the connection to family, community and culture; permanency, which focuses on promoting positive long-term outcomes; information sharing, which involves establishing a contemporary system-wide information-sharing regime; and other amendments, which will provide clarification around current provisions within the Act. For more details on the changes, visit the Child Safety website.


Funding available

The Thriving Queensland Communities Grants for Neighbourhood Centres offers one-off funding that aims to support Queensland government funded neighbourhood centres develop projects and activities that enhance the centre’s ability to listen and respond to local issues. Applications close Friday, 22nd June. 

Exchange of ideas 

CREATE is currently undertaking a cultural exchange program with sister advocacy organisations in the United Kingdom, and in speaking to services operating in the region, CREATE has found young people in state care receive government support to at least 21 years, and in many case up to 25 years or even 27 years. In Australia, 35% of young people who transition from care at age 18 years are expected to experience homelessness the first year of transitioning, with no organised support to help them, CREATE says, and recommends a whole-of-government approach for all states in Australia to follow the UK's minimum standard of extending support to at least 21 years. CREATE’s National Survey is currently open for young people between 18-25 years of age with a care experience to speak about their experiences living in care and have their voices heard. Young people can complete the survey online, or over the phone with their local CREATE office or the National office. The survey is completely anonymous and all respondents enter the draw to win $100 gift vouchers and an iPad Mini 4. For more details on the survey and privacy measures, view the participant information sheet.

Have your say on cyberbullying

The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce has launched consultation to seek community views about how to prevent and respond to cyberbullying of young people up to the age of 15. Individuals and organisations are invited to send suggestions to prevent cyberbullying and to support those affected if a young person is cyberbullied. Submissions can be emailed to, or lodged via the Taskforce website. Submissions close today, Friday, 1st June. Roundtable events for counselling, welfare and community organisations as well as public forums are also taking place as part of the consultation process - visit the Taskforce website for details of upcoming dates.

Shining a light on abuses of power

Internationally renowned domestic and family violence expert Scott Miller outlined the realities of abuses power during his recent trip to Brisbane. He positioned intimate partner violence amongst the many abuses that occur in society. The permissions we give to certain privileged groups and the consequences and punishments we level against those seen as less entitled are significant in his analysis of power and control. 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.

Effective behaviour support

Adolescence is a period in which healthy transition to independence takes place, but can also be a period that poses challenges for families, caregivers and young people themselves. In this week’s In the Read we take a look at three resources that consider the topic of behaviour support and best practice for assisting young people with challenging and problematic behaviours.

This Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse briefing explores what works in terms of adolescent-family connectedness to support young people. The briefing identifies protective factors such as a secure base, caring, communication, connectedness, permanence, belonging, as well as parental monitoring and boundary setting, that are linked to positive outcomes for young people, including maintaining close bonds with caregivers into adulthood. Parents and carers often minimise or underestimate the level of support they provide to young people as they grow, but young people highly value this interaction and continue to desire it. The briefing notes contact with family can assist young people in out-of-home care transition successfully and considers the effectiveness of family-based interventions, finding strong evidence in reducing time spent in institutions by young people who have offended, as well as in addressing substance use.

A practice guide developed by the University of New South Wales explores how to reduce challenging behaviour in young people aged 9 to 18 years with disability and complex needs. Challenging behaviour that is persistent, inappropriate to the context, and has a negative influence on quality of life, can pose a barrier to academic, social, and emotional success for young people at this crucial time of fostering independence, and for young people with disability and complex needs, extra support may be required to develop the social, emotional and behavioural skills required for successfully navigating future life stages. The guide identifies Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), which focuses on understanding the purpose of the behaviour and replacing it through adaptive alternatives by teaching new skills in a positive way, as the most effective approach to supporting young people. The PBS process also centralises the role of family and caregivers in developing therapies that adequately respond to children and young people’s needs.

The research report into therapeutic treatment of children with problem and harmful sexual behaviours commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse similarly surveys the evidence on best practice for treating children with problem sexual behaviour (aged under 10), and harmful sexual behaviour and children who have sexually offended (aged 10 to 17). Though the evidence base is scant especially for children outside the youth justice system, the report recommends treatment that is therapeutic rather than punitive. In particular, the report recommends Multisystemic Therapy (MST), which has an ‘ecological’ approach that is caregiver mediated.

Gurrumul special screening
Brisbane - Sunday, 3rd June
Presented by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Qld

ANTaR will hold a special fundraising screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Gurrumul, about the Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the most commercially successful Aboriginal Australian musician in history, who sang stories of his land in Yolŋu languages and in English. Gurrumul was formerly a member of Yothu Yindi, and later Saltwater Band. All proceeds from the screening will go towards supporting the policy, advocacy and community education projects of ANTaR, who receive no government funding. Purchase tickets or view the poster for more details. 

Responding to Trauma - an integrated approach to assisting trauma survivors, utilising a social work framework
Brisbane - Friday, 8th June
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This is a one day workshop for practitioners who wish to extend their knowledge of trauma and its impact on individuals and families, learn an integrated, social work approach to trauma treatment and learn practical evidence-based modalities to reduce the intrusiveness of trauma in the lives of survivors. The workshop focuses on an integrated, evidence-based suite of treatment approaches. Includes 6 hrs CPD. Find out more and register.

Child Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence: Issues in practice when working with multicultural communities
Brisbane - Monday, 11th June (half day)
Presented by The Oasis Centre

This workshop is for practitioners working with victims of child sexual abuse and sexual violence within migrant and refugee communities. Ms Jatinder Kaur will discuss the expert evidence she gave at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The topics include: recognise child sexual abuse within multicultural families, barriers faced by victims, shame, stigma and taboo, intra-familial, extra-familial, incest and forced child marriage, cultural sensitive practice, risk assessment, therapeutic approach and supports. View the flyer for more details and to register.

123 Magic & Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Wednesday, 13th June
Presented by Parentshop

A comprehensive one-day training course that provides skills to teach parents and carers of 2-12 year-olds skills to manage their 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.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting
Toowoomba - Saturday, 16th June
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

Working with Complexity: parents with mental health, substance use and family violence issues 
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st June 
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Frontline workers confront increasingly complex family situations where the safety of children and young people is linked to serious and seemingly chronic parental issues. This workshop considers practice skills in working with families to make a difference, when parental issues relate to the often concurrent issues of mental health, substance misuse and family violence. This workshop reflects upon frameworks for understanding parental functioning, including complexity and change theory, and considers how best to respond to the needs of children in these circumstances. Find out more and register.

Who is the Client? Reflecting on the complexity of Child Protection and Family Support practice in the context of the intersection with Domestic and Family Violence - Part 2
Brisbane - Friday, 22nd June (half day)
Presented by AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group Forum

This Forum aims to respond to the specific complexities involved in working within the context of child protection, family support and domestic and family violence. This includes addressing the tricky issues around who is the client and the different roles practitioners undertake. The additional marginalisation of clients such as those who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, parents in the system and those who live with a disability will be explored. There will be an emphasis on perpetrator accountability and engaging with perpetrators of abuse. In asking the question, Who is the Client? Forum presenters and attendees will collectively unpack the questions of how we all respond to the complexities that impact our clients whilst also considering the many associated relationships in each individual’s life. Read more about Part 1, or register for Part 2.


Stuff That Sucks
Brisbane - Wednesday, 27th June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This full-day workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a specific focus on its successful application with younger people. ACT is an empirically supported therapeutic approach that draws on behavioural and mindfulness principles to help people make space for painful thoughts and feelings and instead turn their focus towards values. ACT is rapidly growing in popularity internationally and is being used successfully with people experiencing a range of life challenges including low mood, worries, difficult behaviour, anger, anxiety, and interpersonal or family conflict. Find out more and register. This workshop will also be held at the Gold Coast on 25th June and Toowoomba on 26th June.

QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 
Brisbane - Friday, 15th June 

The Hon Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has been invited to address attendees on the effects that the State Budget will have on Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage. Find out more and register.

Doing School Differently Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June

Berry Street Childhood Institute presents this unique opportunity to advance the national conversation on flexible and inclusive education by bringing together educators, researchers, policy makers and young people who are committed to developing and sustaining successful educational opportunities and pathways for young people who have experienced barriers. The conference will explore a diverse range of topics including trauma-informed practice, how to develop individualised and flexible learning plans, case studies of alternative education methods, supporting young parents and their children, improving disability inclusion, and youth mental health challenges. Find out more and register.

National Conference on Indigenous Incarceration
Tweed Coast - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June

The Conference will discuss the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in prison in Australia and options for rehabilitation and change, such as healing and rehabilitation centres and raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. First Nations peoples will also be sharing their lived experiences with the criminal justice system. Find out more and register.

Not-For-Profit State of the Nation travelling seminar
Brisbane - Friday, 29th June

The seminar will explore the current state of the NFP sector, 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. Find out more and register.


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

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.

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.

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.

Clinical Nurse, Street to Home Assistant Team Leader - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a full time Clinical Nurse for the Street to Home Assistant Team Leader position. This role requires provision of integrated nursing services to those with complex healthcare and social needs experiencing homelessness or those who are vulnerable or at risk. The position is paid in line with Queensland Health Nurses and Midwives EB Agreement Grade 6. View more details and apply. Applications close Tuesday, 5th June.

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