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- Friday, 27th July 2018 -
For some years now, the Palaszczuk Government has stated its commitment to introducing a Human Rights Act, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Will Queensland legislation adopt the best possible model for protecting human rights or will it be a ‘watered-down’ version? How will a Human Rights Act impact your organisation and the children, young people and families who receive your organisation’s services? How will a Human Rights Act impact YOU, your family and loved ones?

These are questions being raised at the Roundtable meetings currently being conducted by PeakCare in various locations throughout the State. To discover some answers, watch this video featuring an interview of Human Rights Act for Queensland Campaign Coordinator Aimee McVeigh by PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener and this video in which Aimee is joined by others in a panel discussion. Very importantly, visit the Human Rights Act for Queensland website and join PeakCare in providing your support to this campaign.

Next stage of Qld government child protection reform implementation commences

The next stage of implementing provisions of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 commenced Monday, 23rd July. A summary of these changes include:

  • The Department will not be required to consider an IPA if it is reasonably believed the child would be at immediate risk of harm if the parents withdraw agreement. The Department will be required to detail in the case plan what is expected to achieve the goals of the intervention.
  • Vaccinations will be included as a medical treatment, enabling medical practitioners to treat a child who is in the chief executive’s custody without the consent of the child’s parents, where it is reasonable to do so.
  • A temporary custody order can be applied for to ensure the immediate safety of a child as long as the magistrate is satisfied that within the period of the order, the Department or DCPL will be able to decide appropriate action to meet the child's needs.
  • Access to information for research purposes that could identify a person will be authorised where reasonably necessary, and information will not be published in a way that may result in identification - enabling the Department to participate in a greater range of research and analysis to inform future programs.
  • The prohibition against publishing identifying information about a child or young person who is reasonably likely to be a witness in a criminal proceeding will be extended to offences of a sexual or violent nature.
  • QPS will be allowed to use information obtained in the course of duty to issue a child abduction or amber alert when a person in care is missing without seeking approval from the Department, providing information does not identify the child or young person as being in care.
It is proposed that the remaining provisions (Safe Care and Connection, Permanency, Information Sharing and Transition to Adulthood) commence in October. For more details, view the Communique to Funded Services.
Fax services no longer available for RIS and CSAHSC

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has advised that fax services for Regional Intake Services (RIS) and Child Safety After Hours Service Centre (CSAHSC) will be disconnected today, Friday 27th July. Reporters can continue to report concerns to the RIS or CSAHSC by telephone or email.  An online report form is also available on the department website for professional reporters. View the information sheet for more details.

ACWA Conference 2018 - don't miss out!

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2018 to be held 20th-22nd August at the International Convention Centre in Sydney is an opportunity to engage with 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. For a limited time, ACWA are offering exclusive sponsorship of the Conference Dinner and Awards Night, which includes a speaking opportunity, brand recognition and 10 VIP tickets. To take advantage of this opportunity to become the exclusive Conference Dinner and Awards Sponsor, phone on 02 9265 0700 or email at Find out more about the Conference or register to attendFollowing 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.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work workshops and webinars

Discover how to develop a proposal that gives you the best chance of success in a competitive funding environment by attending a Skilling Queenslanders for Work workshop in 11 locations around Queensland. QCOSS is partnering with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to help community-based organisations respond effectively to funding applications for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. A representative from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training will be present to answer any specific questions about the programs that come under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. After the workshop, stay on for QCOSS Connect, a free, one-hour event where you will hear what QCOSS has been up to, learn about the issues that are currently affecting communities and the community service sector in Queensland, and have an opportunity to provide your feedback. Attending a workshop will provide you with the opportunity to network with other participants, learn from their experiences and meet possible contacts for your Skilling Queenslanders for Work project. If you are unable to make it to a workshop, the webinars will provide you with the skills you need to write an effective proposal. For locations and to register, visit the website.


Do It Yourself Lantern Project for Queensland Child Protection Week

The Committee for Queensland Child Protection Week has released DIY lantern making instructions as part of the Hands on Art project for Queensland Child Protection Week to be held 2nd to 8th September. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and display their lanterns at school, work, or in the community leading up to Child Protection Week to show support. To have images of your lanterns featured, email your pictures to the instruction sheet, and get started!

Nominations open for QBANK Everyday Heroes Award

Nominations for the QBANK Everyday Heroes Award are now open until Sunday, 5th August. The Young Everyday Hero Award category recognises a young person who has demonstrated an admirable contribution to their community, an overcoming of barriers or difficulties, and/or dedication to training and development. This is a great opportunity to share a young person’s story and celebrate them for going above and beyond. If you are interested in nominating a young person between the ages of 12 and 17 or a fellow colleague, it only takes 2 minutes to nominate online.

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities in the context of domestic and family violence

Understanding Lateral Violence in Aboriginal communities and working with Indigenous children, families and communities in the context of domestic and family violence is important for all in the child protection, domestic and family violence and family support sector. This week's In the Spotlight speaks to Jackie Stewart, Aboriginal Facilitator and Trainer at the Education Centre Against Violence, New South Wales. Read more.

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight
please contact 
Lorraine Dupree.

Different approaches to evaluation

ANROWS has released A Guide to evaluating interventions relating to violence against women. It can be used by practitioners, policy-makers and others as a companion to other evaluation guides for evaluating interventions related to violence against women (VAW). The guide is useful for non-evaluators to commission or assess evaluation processes and outputs, and explains the importance of understanding the context of evaluation, and determining an organisation’s level of evaluation-readiness. The guide helps evaluators without VAW-specific experience to plan and design ethically robust, culturally-sensitive and gender-responsive evaluations of domestic and family violence and / or sexual assault interventions.

Another method – the investment management standard (IMS) – is a process for applying simple ideas and practices to help organisations to direct resources and achieve the best outcomes from their investments. Read the 2017 Victorian Treasury and Finance departmental user guide which explains the 4 step process: What is the problem? What benefits need to be delivered? What is the preferred response? What is the recommended solution? You can read about how IMS was used to consider the future of neighbourhood centres in Queensland from the Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA) website.

The Forgotten Known: Attachment Theory in Practice
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd August
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This full-day workshop is designed to assist social workers, child protection workers, psychologists, counsellors and community workers to develop a better understanding of adults, children and families with traumatic histories and to enhance their skills in working with this client group. The course is based on Attachment theory and is informed by evidence based trauma related material. This is relevant for social workers who have direct client contact with clients who have experienced complex trauma and attachment disruptions. 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.

National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum
Brisbane - Tuesday, 4th September
Presented by NAPCAN

Child abuse can be prevented if we all play our part. Why then is there still so little talk about the things we can do to create communities that support families and children (before problems arise)? Why is the topic of primary prevention still largely missing from conversations about child abuse and neglect? And, when prevention is mentioned, why is it still so often confused with early intervention? This National Child Protection Week (2nd to 8th September) NAPCAN invites you to join the conversation about prevention in a lively and inspiring Q&A Forum about why primary prevention needs to be front and centre when we talk about child abuse and neglect. Katrina Blowers from Channel 7 will MC, with speakers including Norman Laing, Indigenous Lawyer and Advocate, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner, representatives from R4Respect, and Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Register now.

Lost in Translation - Supporting Young People with Complex Support Needs in Transition Forum
Brisbane - Thursday, 6th September
Presented by Community Living Association

Lost in Transition is a three-year ARC funded research project exploring the issues of young with complex support needs in transition that aims to map existing frameworks for transition support planning, describe the needs of young people with complex support needs in relation to key life transitions, develop an understanding of the various meanings of transition to young people with complex support needs and for those who provide transition support, and explore how these transitions can be tracked and quantified. Save the date for the Lost in Translation Forum that will discuss what it would take at a policy, practice and organisational level to achieve appropriate supports to young people with complex support needs in Queensland. View the flyer for more details.

Solution Focused Families
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September
Presented by Compass Seminars

Using goal-orientated Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), can assist you to identify a client's hoped for changes and participate in conversations that build those changes in great detail, often leading to solutions they may never have considered trying. Whilst this sounds simple, it is challenging, and made more complex when there is more than one person in the conversation such as with families. Here, you must be skilled at identifying desired outcomes that ALL involved parties can engage in. If you fail to co-construct a conversation that identifies detailed future outcomes you risk family members disengaging, sabotaging or dividing - often keeping them focused on the problem and blocking potential change. This workshop explores the effective core techniques required to work families when change is the name of the game! Find out more and register

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.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Capricornia - Tuesday, 7th August

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 CapricorniaFraser 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.

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.

10th Annual Women and Homelessness Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 29th August

The Lady Musgrave Trust is hosting the 10th Annual Women and Homelessness forum, a sector driven event that is developed each year by a joint Working Group Committee comprising representatives from The Lady Musgrave Trust, Centacare, Ozcare, QShelter, DVConnect, Micah Project Inc. and the Queensland Government. The 8th edition of the resource booklet for homeless women 2018-2019 A Handy Guide for Women in Brisbane will also be available free of charge. The forum will be officially opened by the Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick De Brenni. Find out more and register

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.

Bravehearts White Balloon Day Gala
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September

Bravehearts extends an invitation to join Hetty Johnston AM and distinguished guests for an evening dedicated to protecting the children of Australia. Enjoy a sumptuous 3 course dinner, guest speakers, live entertainment, exciting raffle and auction prizes. Do not miss the chance to support this wonderful event and important cause. Early bird discounted tickets available now.

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.

Sexuality and people with an intellectual disability: a sex positive approach
Brisbane - Tuesday, 13th November

This workshop to be delivered by Lud Allen Counselling will explore the meanings that you give to sexuality and specifically the meaning you give to sexual education for people with an intellectual disability. You will identify barriers that exist to supporting clients in meeting their sexual health and relationship education needs. You will use and critique resources specifically made for sexual health education of people with an intellectual disability and explore the benefits of 1:1 education vs small group education and hear how this has been applied successfully in real life scenarios. 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.

Team Leader, Lotus Place - Micah Projects

Micah is seeking a full time Team Leader to join the Lotus Place program. This position is classified under SCHADS Award at a Level 7. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 30th July.

Office Manager - Amovita International 

Amovita is seeking a full time Office Manager to support the effective and efficient operations across Amovita's business and service areas. The role provides a diverse and interesting range of day to day operations of the organisation and focuses on training, client support services, accounts and finance processes and other associated administration processes. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 3rd August.

Psychologist, Social Worker, Counsellor (nationwide) - Amovita International 

Amovita is seeking qualified and experienced contract EAP professionals for the Workplace Employee Support Service (WESS), including Psychologists, Social Workers and Counsellors for a number of Australia-wide EAP contracts (including metro, regional, rural and remote). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals are encouraged to apply. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 3rd August

Corporate Support Manager - PeakCare

PeakCare is seeking a full time Corporate Support Manager to ensure effective management of corporate and governance services. Reporting to the Assistant Director, you will support the work of the board, Executive Director, Assistant Director and other staff on a daily basis while also independently managing the office functions, including: financial resources, human resources, information management and record-keeping practices, and office management and reception. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 8th August.

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