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- Tuesday, 6th October 2020 -

Reactions to the survey findings about the LNP’s proposal to increase use of adoption through a new triage model with permanency order targets

The graphic above illustrates just a few of the comments received in response to the PeakCare-QATSICPP survey report, On the proposal to increase use of adoption through a new triage model with permanency order targets. To read all of the comments received so far, click here.

It is apparent that issues concerning the use of adoption remain highly contentious. As we noted when our report on the findings was released, this proposal, more than any of the other LNP proposals, drew widely divergent views both within and across the 13 stakeholder groups who responded to the survey. The comments received in response to the findings confirm the existence of some very strongly held opinions. Moreover, it also confirms the view very eloquently stated by one of our readers, “These survey reports must not be seen as the end of the conversation – they are the start of the conversations we need to have”.
YOU can help to keep this conversation alive and meaningful by adding your comments, anonymously if you prefer, to those already received.

  • Were you surprised by the findings or not?
  • If you completed the survey, have your opinions been confirmed or changed by the commentary included in the report? 
  • Are there matters reported on that you now need to further consider or re-consider?
  • Are there matters reported on that you are hoping our political parties will take into account in the development and refinement of their policy platforms?

Now more ever in the lead up to the State election, YOU both individually and collectively have the opportunity to influence their decisions.

Several more survey reports are soon to be released.

COVID Preparedness Checklist – Res Care Reminder!

All residential care providers are reminded to complete and submit their ‘COVID Preparedness Checklist’ to PeakCare as soon as possible if you have not done so already. In addition to enabling residential care providers to self-assess their preparedness across a number of domains, the collated information will be of enormous importance to Child Safety, Queensland Health and PeakCare in planning and developing any additional strategies that may be needed within and across agencies at local, regional and state levels to support you. The more precise you are in completing the check-list, the greater will be our capacity in ensuring that nothing is overlooked. If you work in a residential care service, check with your manager that arrangements have been made for the check-list to be completed.

‘Individual Flexibility Agreements’ option

Residential care providers are reminded to pay close attention to information posted on the Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) website and Child Safety’s COVID-19 webpages  about the option of entering into an Individual Flexibility Agreement (IFA).  Initiated by CSIA and The Services Union, the process of developing the agreements was facilitated by the Fair Work Commission with participation by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and  representatives of residential care providers including Churches of Christ Care, UnitingCare, IFYS, Life Without Barriers and Mercy Community. In circumstances where a residential care service may need to care for a young person who has contracted COVID-19 or needs to self-isolate, an IFA allows service providers to, with the agreement of their staff, roster workers for extended shifts of 12 or 24 hours, outside the usual conditions of their award or an organisation’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

COVID-19 Residential Care Guidelines

Residential care providers are reminded to familiarise themselves with the Residential Care Services COVID-19 Guidelines that have recently been released by Child Safety. Use these guidelines to review and refine your organisation’s own service continuity and contingency plans. The guidelines are best described as a ‘living document’ that may be regularly updated in line with other changes that emerge in response to the pandemic.

October is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

October is Sexual Violence Awareness Month in Queensland. Sexual Violence means any sexual behaviour that is unwanted and makes a person feel uncomfortable, frightened or threatened. Sexual Violence an happen to anyone, with most sexual violence being perpetrated by someone the victim knows and trusts for example, a partner, friend, work colleague, family member or acquaintance. Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence will be hosting free speak out sessions every Thursday in October on Facebook Live. Each week these 15 minute sessions, hosted by a range of speakers and specialists, will explore the intersectionality of sexual violence in our community. What should you do if you think your friend might be in a violent relationship? Relationships Australia Queensland has some advice on recognising the warning signs and offering support. 

SNAICC National Conference 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 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 30th August to 2nd September 2021. Key themes at this conference 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.

Fighting cyberbullies

The Queensland Government has launched two new campaigns for young people and parents and carers to stop cyberbullying together. The Stand By Us campaign targets parents, carers and trusted adults and lets them know how they can best help and support young people experiencing cyberbullying. The campaign is complemented by free online cyberbullying training and resources. The Swipe It Away campaign aims to empower young people to take back their powerby encouraging them to talk with someone they trust to come up with a plan to address cyberbullying together. The Stop Cyberbullying portal provides advice for young people experiencing cyberbullying and resources to support parents and carers, as well as connecting users to a range of support services.

Free smoke alarm installation for approved carers who own their homes

All residential dwellings are currently required to have interconnected smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, in connecting hallways and on each storey. To assist with the cost of these changes, the Queensland government is offering to supply and install smoke alarms into those dwellings that are owned by eligible foster and kinship carers and are being used to provide care to children and young people in care arrangements. For carers to be eligible for this initiative, they must be an approved foster or kinship carer, provide full-time or respite care, own their own dwelling and apply before December 2021. Visit the website to learn more.

Mental Health Super Summit 2020

The 2020 Mental Health Super Summit will be delivered via 15 live webinar sessions from Friday, 9th to Sunday, 11th October and will continue as an on-demand event (i.e. you can watch recorded versions of the live sessions) until Sunday 8th November. Have you ever attended a conference where you decide how much you pay to attend, and all proceeds are donated to charity? What about a conference where 15 hours of cutting-edge learning, presented by experts from all over the world, are accessible from the comfort of your couch and contribute to your professional CPD requirements? Act for Kids and Mental Health Academy are co-hosting this online conference featuring 16 global experts in psychology, counselling and community mental health. Find out more and register.

National Youth Policy Consultation Survey now open

The National Youth Policy Framework Consultation Survey is now available. The purpose of this consultation is to give young Australians an opportunity to help shape the development of the National Youth Policy Framework and share their views on what is most important to them. This consultation in particular will help the Youth Taskforce to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact. Participate in the survey online. The survey closes Monday, 12th October.

Youth Action Project Grants closing soon

The Youth Action Project Grant Scheme (YAPGS) will provide grants to projects that support young people (15-24 years) as they navigate and recover from the challenges of the COVID pandemic. YAPGS is open to both individuals and organisations with two kinds of projects to be supported: New projects that recognise and uniquely respond to the hardship young people are facing now and will face in the future; and Existing projects that provide a valuable on-going service to young people, which require additional funding to adapt or continue that work given the impact of the current environment. Applications close 12pm Wednesday, 7th October. Find out more and apply.

Expressions of interest in new disability transport advisory council now open

The new Queensland Accessible Transport Advisory Council (QATAC) has been established to advise the Queensland Government on accessibility for transport and road projects across the state. The council is intended to provide disability-sector representatives with early and authentic consultation on all major transport projects. Expressions of interest in appointment to the council are now being accepted, until 16th November. Find out more and apply.

Nominations for federal taskforce close today

The Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment Services (DESE) are currently seeking nominations for representatives on the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce in the following regions of Queensland: Cairns, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Wivenhoe, and Gold Coast. Each taskforce will lead the development of local job plans for their region with identified planning needs being critical in the prioritization of federal funding allocations to different industries. The program is part of the government’s response to the pandemic, and will finance opportunities for people displaced by COVID-19 to find employment.Expressions of interest to or by contacting your region’s Employment Facilitator close at COB today, Tuesday 6th October.

Each week, PeakCare publishes a 'Thumbs Up' and/or a 'Thumbs Down' about matters that have come to our attention and draw either our commendation or condemnation. If there are matters that you think are worthy of one or other of these acknowledgements, email and we will consider publishing them.

It will soon be your turn to allocate some THUMBS UP and there can be no better way of doing that than by nominating candidates for one of PeakCare’s Annual Awards. For the second year running, PeakCare will son be hosting one of our incredibly classy Awards Ceremonies. While we work out the details of exactly how we will bring class to these torrid times, you are asked to select who you wish to nominate for an award. Stay tuned for advice about how you can nominate a candidate. 

Introduction to Nurtured Heart Approach
Webinar - Thursday, 8th and Thursday, 15th October
Presented by Lighthouse Resources

This webinar will encourage participants to change the way we look at challenging behaviours and increase awareness and understanding of relationships. Through an introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach®, the 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.

Picture This
Brisbane - Friday, 9th October
Presented by Compass Seminars

This workshop will open up the enormous possibilities and potential of the Genogram, a typically underutilised tool, as a process for both assessment, and intervention. To understand what it is that brings a person to seek help, it's extremely useful to consider how each person is inextricably interwoven within broader interactional and contextual systems, the most fundamental of which is family. Family diagrams (or Genograms) provide a picture of who a person is, where they come from, who matters in their life, and how they belong in the world; as well as providing a framework for understanding present stressors, past struggles and strengths and resources. Find out more and register.

Case notes and case planning for social work practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 14th and Wednesday, 21st October
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

A “refresher” for experienced social workers and an upskilling for any new social workers and students, particularly those working with vulnerable young people. Best practice principles / standards for social work practice case planning and making case notes, including how to develop clear case plans with achievable goals, incorporate ongoing review to ensure case plan remains current and relevant, and case notes communicate all this accurately and concisely, how to transfer knowledge and skills into everyday practice, how to best use your existing systems to plan and record your good work, and more. Find out more and register.

Advanced Motivational Interviewing Training
Webinar - Tuesday, 3rd to Thursday, 5th November
Presented by Amovita International

Motivational interviewing (MI) is now recognised as a core approach to client intervention. It is clearly recognised that without intrinsic motivation, that is, motivation that comes from the person themselves, then little will change in the long term. To seriously reduce problem behaviour, working to evoke change talk becomes an important task of workers. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to: build upon foundational MI skill sets and sharpen practice; utilise a number of advanced MI skills; use tools to measure adherence to MI practice; work more effective with discord; utilise MI within the ‘I’m here’, ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ framework; and more. 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.

QCOSS Regional Roadshow
Mackay - Wednesday, 7th October

You can join QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, or Toowoomba at this exclusive opportunity to share ideas and workshop the issues impacting your organisation, communities, and the people you work with. In short, the two-hour sessions will include: a presentation on QCOSS’ election priorities statement, a discussion on what needs the community services sector has in your region, how QCOSS can best communicate those needs to government, and more. Find out more and register for the Mackay session or for one of the other locations.

Make Disability Count Forum
Webinar - Thursday, 8th October

Jointly hosted by eight state-wide organisations, this is a free not to be missed opportunity two-hour forum to inform your vote. Hear directly from Queensland’s political parties about their vision for Queenslanders with disability and the services and organisations that support them in the lead up to the State Election on Saturday, 31st October. Speakers confirmed Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O'Rourke MP, and Shadow Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Dr Christian Rowan MP. Attendees will only be able to contribute via the Zoom chat function and will not be able to present or speak. Registrations close 12pm, Wednesday 7th October. Find out more and register.

ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast
Webinar - Monday, 12th October

The ACOSS Post Budget Event is a key annual event for civil society and the community services sector providing a critical opportunity for attendees to receive detailed briefings on key budget measures and their likely impacts on people experiencing poverty and inequality. This year, the ACOSS Post Budget Event is taking place in Anti-Poverty Week. This year, the virtual event is free. Find out more and register.

Mental Health Forum: Medicalising distress and ignoring social ills - who benefits and how should we respond?
Webinar - Tuesday, 13th October

This online forum is the first in a series organised by YANQ in response to findings of a recent survey where the respondents prioritised mental health 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 one of the most highly regarded researchers in the field of mental health 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.

Working together to prevent youth suicide: the power of communication
Webinar - Wednesday, 28th October

This free webinar from Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will  will explore local, place-based approaches to the prevention of suicide among young people and the minimisation of community harm following a suicide, known as ‘postvention’. This webinar will be of interest to professionals working with children and families in health, mental health, education and social and community service settings. Find out more and register.

Working with Dads webinar series
Webinar - Wednesday, 4th November

Relationships Australia will deliver this 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. Each session includes interactive elements, group discussion and Q&A. 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

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