Like a puzzle – all the pieces in place to make it work

Give kids a voice!

Between 2010 and 2012, 108 children aged 8 to 12 years, participated in group activities and interviews to gather their views, ideas, maps and drawings about 'community', what's a good community, and how they participate in their community.
The project was undertaken in schools in six communities in different areas of eastern Australia. The research partners were ANU (Dr Sharon Bessell), UWS, The Benevolent Society and NAPCAN.
A girl, aged 10 years, described a community as being like a puzzle: "You need to have all the pieces in place to make it work". And if one or more pieces are missing, then the supportiveness of the community is undermined. That idea was the trigger for creatively depicting the themes - relationships, safety, places and resources - identified in the research as jigsaw pieces.
One 9 year old boy said "Give kids a voice", a reminder that children and adults sometimes have different views about what's important. "So only asking adults what makes good, strong communities is not good enough... Children are part of communities, so children should always be able to have their say about the things that make a good community – and about the things that are not so good".
Check out the reports, including one specifically designed to report back to the child participants and for other children, on the Children's Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU website.

Bringing your views into the spotlight

Those who attended PeakCare’s recent symposium about Strengths-Based Practice: What is it – really? are now receiving their invitations to join a YAM JAM (ie. a discussion via Yammer) to share their thoughts and views about the matters discussed on the day.

As noted in a recent edition of eNews, when events of this type are held, it may be argued that what occurs following the event is usually far more important than what occurs during it.  Once the symposium has finished, the various speakers and presenters have done their job and delivered the information they wished to convey. The onus then switches to those who received the information – how will they reflect on the information that’s been given, consider and talk about it and, if judged as useful, act upon it.

Two days will be set aside – Thursday 18th and 19th December – for those who attended the symposium to join in the YAM JAM at their leisure.  This ‘on-line’ conversation will allow people to further reflect on, explore and discuss matters raised at the symposium as well as introduce into the discussion issues that people think should have been talked about on the day, but weren’t.  It will provide another opportunity for those who attended the symposium to ask the questions they missed out on asking on the day or to discuss the thoughts they have had about strengths-based practice since then.

For those who have been requesting copies of the powerpoint slides used by the various presenters, please note that these will be uploaded onto the site and made available to you at this time.

For those who were unable to attend the symposium, but would still like to listen or join in on this discussion, please send an email to Gary Roberts and an invitation will be sent to you also.

Click here to view the gallery of pictures of the symposium.
National Framework - the next steps!
Mr Brian Babington, CEO at Families Australia advises next steps to advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 with a third three-year action plan for 2015-2018.

To advance the next action plan the National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children, comprising of representatives from the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, as well as the NGO Coalition met in Melbourne in early December where they agreed to commence a consultation process to develop the three-year action plan in early 2015. The meeting endorsed the approach that the third action plan ought to focus on a small number of priority areas with an emphasis on key areas requiring national collaboration across government and the community sector.
A discussion paper will now be prepared to assist the consultations which will aim to elicit suggestions about major themes and potential action items. It is possible that four or five major themes will be suggested to help structure the consultation process. These may include (but are not yet final): using evidence-based approaches to strengthen universal prevention initiatives and early intervention support; sharing information, best practice and data to build better responses to families; working with vulnerable families experiencing risk factors for child abuse and neglect; building shared expertise in best practice; and working to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

The aim is to finalise and announce the third three-year action plan by mid-2015.
Measuring Social Outcomes
Book your seat at the 2015 Measuring Social Outcomes conference and 2nd Annual Impact Measurement Awards by Friday, 12th December and save yourself $400!

The 2-day conference will be held on Wednesday, 18th and Thursday, 19th February 2015 at the Sydney Boulevard Hotel, 90 William Street, Sydney.

Key speakers this year include Ms Stephanie Robertson, President, SiMPACT Strategy Group, Canada, Ms Cassandra Wilkinson, External Engagement, The Centre for Independent Studies, Mr Greg Antcliff, Director Professional Practice, The Benevolent Society and Mr Les Hems, Director, EY. You can see a full list of speakers here.
Click here to download the conference brochure.

Click here to register remembering that you can take advantage of the Early Bird pricing if you book by Friday, 12th December!
T2I Survey

An excellent opportunity to showcase your Transition to Independence work with young people has presented.  G Force is calling on organisations to fill out a simple survey to highlight the transition to independence work being carried out across the state.  If you are working in this area, it would be great to hear from you to ensure your work and efforts are known and noted.  This is also an excellent opportunity for G Force to link in with you and to share important resources and campaigns.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. 
The survey includes a brief introduction and needs to be completed by Wednesday, 24th December.
Fundraising Institute Australia Conference 2015

Early Bird savings of $400 can be attained by registering for the 38th FIA Fundraising Conference by this Friday, 12th December

The 3-day conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th February 2015.

Six specialised tracks are on offer giving you the flexibility to choose amongst a range of topics from Management & Leadership; Small Team Fundraising; Individual Giving; Marketing for Fundraising Success; Core Fundraising and Fringe.

There will also be pre-conference masterclasses available giving you a full day to find the answers to your most challenging fundraising questions. Numbers in each class are limited giving greater opportunity for interaction. Masterclasses run concurrently so are limited to one per delegate. You can find more information on masterclasses here.

For more information on the conference and to register please visit this dedicated website and remember, Early Bird pricing ends this Friday, 12th December!

Advertise your events for 2015
Don't forget that PeakCare members and supporters can advertise their events on PeakCare's website free of charge.

Events listed on our website are often featured in our eNews bulletins helping you to fill your training rooms.

To upload event details simply log in to the PeakCare website and click on member options.  Scroll down and click on submit event fill in the details and click send.

The partnership dance with infants and toddlers

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council is bringing Pennie Brownlee to Brisbane to share a day exploring the revolutionary approach to care and development of infants and young children from the Hungarian Paediatrician Dr Emmi Pikler.

Human babies are born expecting to be one half of a warm and nourishing partnership. Within the safety of that nurturing partnership, the child learns to trust, to love and to be loved. These attributes form the basis of the child's lifelong physical and mental health, their relationship to themselves, to others, to learning, and to the world.
In this workshop candidates explore:

  • the Dynamic of Combination vs the Dynamic of Partnership in childrearing;
  • the principles which underpin successful, nurturing partnerships;
  • what quality care looks like in a nurturing partnership; and
  • practical skills for embedding partnership into out personal approach with children and families.
This one-day workshop will be held on Friday, 30th January 2015 from 9:30am til 4:30pm.

For further information and to register your attendance please visit the Health & Community Workforce Council's website.

Speak Up!

The CREATE Foundation’s Speak Up program is available to all young people with a statutory care experience aged between 14 and 25. Once trained, Young Consultants are enabled to assist changing the care system, through advocacy to improve policies, practices and services and increase community awareness. As a Young Consultant, young people are then able to participate in Youth Advisory Groups across states and territories, help train Care Workers and Carers in the out-of-home care system, speak on behalf of the CREATE Foundation and participate in CREATE’s very important consultations.

The Speak Up program, delivered by CREATE staff across all states and territories, is delivered in 3 stages:

Level 1 is the entry point and focuses on young people building confidence and awareness of the Young Consultant role. The emphasis in this first stage of training is placed on self and empowerment. It also provides knowledge about the CREATE Foundation and the role of the Young Consultant.

Level 2 focuses on honing a young person’s skills to enable them to complete local and state-based work as a Young Consultant. In this second level, young people learn about leadership, public speaking and state advocacy.

Level 3 is the final stage of the training and builds on the learning of the previous two stages. In this advanced training level, young people learn about national advocacy, public speaking, facilitation skills and advanced media training.

Young people receive a certificate on completion of each level of training and must complete each level before moving on to the next stage.

On Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January 2015, CREATE will be providing training for Levels 1 and 2 at their offices in Albion, Brisbane. This 3-day course starts at 10:00am and concludes at 3:30pm.

Do you know a young person aged between 14 and 25 with a statutory care experience who would enjoy this training? If so, please have a look at this flyer and permission form to get the ball rolling. Spaces are limited so Speak Up now!

For further information, contact Che Johnson at CREATE or call 07 3317 6020

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services advises that the invitation to offer to provide an emergency response outreach service is now advertised on the Governments QTenders website.

Funding of between $800,000 and $900,000 commencing from 1 April 2015 is available to establish a response for young people who are self-placing, sleeping rough or couch surfing and are subject to a child protection order in the Brisbane Region. The intent is to provide an alternate, safe, supportive and developmentally focussed out of home care experience for young people that will see them either return to a safe placement with ongoing support and access to services, or be supported to make safe and sustainable choices for independent accommodation while ensuring they continue to have access to services and intervention to ensure they are safe, connected and skilled.

This invitation seeks offers from service providers that describe an Emergency Response Outreach Service model and demonstrate their capacity to deliver the service as proposed.

Funding is available for an initial period of 12 months (with the opportunity of extension for an additional 12 months) to pilot the response for outreach support and emergency assistance.

A copy of the Invitation to Offer Tender specifications and tender response document can be found on the Queensland Government’s website at Procurement Transformation (QTenders) – Emergency Response Outreach Service.

For further information email Michelle Scott or call 07 3109 7030.

Memorial plaque unveiled
The Honourable Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services unveiled a permanent memorial plaque at Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland on 27th November for people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices.

"I was honoured to join members of the Queensland Post Adoption Working Committee, those affected by past forced adoptions, and members of the wider community to mark the second anniversary of the apology. It also affirms our commitment to ensure these policies and practices are not forgotten and never repeated", said Minister Davis.

The memorial is engraved with the words of the historic apology in the Queensland Parliament in 2012 and is a testament to all those families affected by these past policies and practices.

You can read the full apology here.
In the read

How to take the GRRRR out of Anger

By Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis

Kids need help learning how to manage their anger. This book speaks directly to them and offers strategies they can start using immediately.

Blending solid information and sound advice with jokes and funny cartoons, it guides kids to understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not.

It teaches them how to recognise anger in themselves and others, how to handle situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to or mask anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel.

Young readers learn that violence is not acceptable and there are better, safer, more positive ways to resolve conflicts.

They also discover what to do when people around them are angry, how to get help and how to locate other resources (books, hotlines, school groups) when they need more support.

Click here to purchase this book.
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