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- Friday, 24th August 2018 -

All providers of residential care services in Queensland are reminded that the Residential Care Workforce Survey is to be completed by COB TODAY.

You are also reminded to register for the workshop to be co-hosted by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and PeakCare on 14th September.

Each organisation involved in delivering residential care services is required to register at least one and no more than three representatives.

The closing date for registrations is Friday, 31st August.

Thank you very much to those who have already completed the survey and registered for the workshop.

Enquiries about completing the survey or registering for the workshop may be directed to Lesley Leece, PeakCare's Assistant Director.

Have your say on youth justice in Queensland

The recently released Report on Youth Justice contains 77 recommendations to the Queensland government aimed at addressing the causes of youth offending. As recently discussed in eNews, the intersection between child protection and youth justice is an important issue. An online survey is being conducted by the Queensland government as part of the public consultation on the matters raised in the Report on Youth Justice. Child protection workers are encouraged to voice their thoughts about addressing youth offending, reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice system, and other matters related to the development of Queensland's Youth Justice Strategy. Take the survey. The survey closes Friday, 14th September.

All Awards now include family and domestic violence leave

The Fair Work Commission has updated all industry and occupation awards to include a new leave clause about family and domestic violence. This new clause applies from the first full pay period from 1st August 2018. The clause provides for 5 days of unpaid leave for employees to use if needing to deal with impacts of family and domestic violence that is violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by an employee's family member that seeks to coerce or control the employee, and/or causes them harm or fear.


Training resources - new release on Parenting and Attachment

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has released the latest in their series of training resources for the sector - an Introduction to Parenting and Attachment. The resource includes three modules on parenting styles and behaviours, the impact of culture on parenting behaviours, and children's responses to parenting behaviours. 


Research into the impacts of family and domestic violence on children

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) has compiled a summary of their research from 2014 into the impacts of family and domestic violence on children for practitioners and policymakers. The summary outlines the major issues identified in the ANROWS research relevant to children, the factors preventing effective service delivery and the policy and practice changes recommended by the researchers. It concludes with future research directions and a list of further resources.


Support available for VET students

A new training program in Brisbane aims to support students at risk of disengaging from post-secondary Vocational Education and Training (VET). The service by Marist180 is designed to assist students to complete their training and/or certificate by identifying individual barriers and putting in place appropriate supports to overcome them. To access the service or for more information, contact Mia or Andrew.

DCP Industry Day

South Australia's Department of Child Protection invites service providers interested in expanding operations into South Australia to their Industry Day to learn more about the new procurement and contracting reforms. Find out more and register, or for enquiries, email Helen.

Free Legal Aid webinar on Centrelink debts

Legal Aid Queensland is holding a free webinar for community workers to help clients with Centrelink debts on Friday, 31st August at 10am AEST. The webinar will be delivered by Bryony Walters, a senior lawyer in Legal Aid Queensland’s Civil Justice Services team, and will look at disagreeing with a Centrelink decision, preventing Family Tax Benefit and Parenting Payment debts, and recovering Centrelink debts after bankruptcy. Find out more and register.

Renewing relationships in healing domestic and family violence

ReNew is a partnership pilot program between Carinity Talera (Talera) and Ipswich’s Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC).  The concept for ReNew came about when Anna Jones of Talera and Rebecca Shearman of DVAC were doing Abuse on Contact training alongside the Women’s Legal Service.  This training was designed for practitioners working with children and young people court ordered to spend time with a parent who had perpetrated violence and abuse. They noted the significant number of young people coming through organisations who were engaging in violent behaviours and demonstrating difficulty in impulse control. Read more.

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

Supporting the educational rights of children with disability

This week's In the Read considers children and young people with disability and special needs education in schools. Despite Australian and international law that provides the right to education without discrimination, research shows that children with disability suffer poorer educational outcomes than their peers, and as a result, can experience poorer life outcomes such as workforce participation. The 2017 Review of education for students with disability in Queensland state schools found that adequately supporting students with disability resulted in educational outcomes at the same level as non-disabled peers, and that half of the variation in learning outcomes of students with disability could be eliminated by ensuring educational practice consistently meets best standards. The recommendations from this review are still being implemented. A recent case in the UK held that excluding children who display aggressive or challenging behaviour due to a disability from the right to education constituted unlawful discrimination. The judge ruled that conditions such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can result in aggression or other challenging behaviours that are not choices by the child, but are the result of "overwhelming frustration arising from an inability to express their wants and needs". In a school setting, the needs of children to be protected from antisocial behaviours needs to be balanced with the rights of other children to participate in and access education and support on a level field. Part of the problem is inadequate funding models, with too few students with disabilities in Australia receiving targeted support, and eligibility for funding based on diagnosis rather than functional needs. The Queensland review offered recommendations across three categories, including improving the resourcing model, as well as supporting effective practice and capacity building.

Revitalising your social work private practice
Brisbane - Saturday, 1st September
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This workshop is targeted to social workers in private practice, who want to revitalise and grow their practices and upgrade their business knowledge and skills. It will also be of value to social workers intending to go into private practice in the future. The workshop consists of presentations, discussions, sharing of experiences/information amongst participants, networking and business planning activity based on newly acquired information. Find out more and register.


Culturally Sensitive Practice in Child Protection and Out-of-home Care
Brisbane - Monday, 3rd September
Presented by Inala Community House

This half-day workshop for practitioners employed in out-of-home cares services, foster care agencies and residential care focuses on building the skills and capacity needed by practitioners to support culturally diverse children and young people. The workshop will: examine culturally sensitive practice in child protection practice; develop strategies on cultural support plans and culturally matched placements; improve service planning for CALD children and youth in OOHC; and support foster and kinship carers to meet the needs of CALD children/youth in OOHC. View the flyer for more details and to 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.

The Roadmap in Rearview: A Reflection on Carmody
Brisbane - Wednesday, 5th September
Presented by Act for Kids

This breakfast event during Child Protection Week will hear from Celia Lenaghan, Catherine Moynihan and Tom McIntyre from 7.30am to 8.30am at 100 Sixth Avenue, Kedron. Find out more and register.

Bridging Troubled Waters: resolving workplace issues and difficult team dynamics
Brisbane - Thursday, 6th September

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Positive team dynamics underpin effective workgroups and when all is well, we may take this harmony for granted. But when conflict or personality clashes persist, everyone is affected and productivity can plummet. This workshop considers the tricky issues in managing workplace conflict and tension and restoring harmony. How do you engage ‘difficult’ workers who do not respond to the usual supervisory efforts to change unacceptable behaviour? How do you use your own personality and negotiation skills to ensure fair dealing while getting to the source of trouble? What strategies and techniques might help? This workshop is for competent supervisors who need a few more tricks up your sleeve in resolving workgroup issues and for those who want to avoid such issues arising. Find out more and register.

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. The Lost in Translation Forum to be held at Banyo Library 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. To register, phone 3266 5633 by 3rd September.

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

2018 Leneen Forde Public Address
Brisbane - Tuesday, 11th September
Presented by CPPAQ

The Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) aims to improve interdisciplinary professional collaboration in the child protection system in Queensland. This year's Leneen Forde Public Address will be delivered by Dr Scott Harden, who will discuss his experience as a child psychiatrist in the courts - musings upon the protection of children and their interests. Dr Harden is a child, adolescent and adult clinical and forensic psychiatrist. In his clinical practice he has particular interest and experience in evaluation of anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young people and adults. In his forensic practice, he has experience in a range of legal and treatment settings with young people and adults. CPPAQ Members are reminded this is a free event, for non-members the price is $40. Find out more and register.

AASW/PeakCare Practice Group Meeting
Brisbane - Thursday, 13th September

This practice group meeting will be a reflection on the Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice. There will be an opportunity to explore the recent legislated amendments and practices for the safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. Presenters are Candice Butler, Practice Lead, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and Meegan Crawford, Practice Connect, DCSYW. Find out more.

123 Magic and Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Wednesday, 7th November
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. It is based on two underlying perspectives on parenting: first, that children can be taught to respond more flexibly when they are frustrated or upset and second, that parents and carers can be taught easy-to-use skills they can use at particular parenting moments. 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. Find out more and register.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Townsville - Tuesday, 28th 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 next be taking place in Townsville. 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.


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.

Centrelink debt: help your clients understand their rights
Webinar - Friday, 31st August

Legal Aid Queensland is holding a free webinar for community workers to help clients with Centrelink debts. The webinar will be delivered by Bryony Walters, a senior lawyer in Legal Aid Queensland’s Civil Justice Services team, and will look at: disagreeing with a Centrelink decision, preventing Family Tax Benefit and Parenting Payment debts, and recovering Centrelink debts after bankruptcy. Find out more and register.

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.

Human Rights in Queensland: it's time for answers
Brisbane - Wednesday, 19th September

Human Rights Act for Queensland and QUT Law will be hosting a free community discussion about what the introduction of a Human Rights Act in Queensland could mean, presenting a range of perspectives and opinions. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor George Williams AO, Dean and Anthony Mason Professor of Law at the University of NSW, who will join a panel of experts on the topic. PeakCare encourages all eNews readers to participate in this important conversation. Though free, registration is essential as space is limited.

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. The Conference program is now available, with 93 half-hour sessions and panel discussions, alongside keynote speakers including Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Dr Howard Bath on "The Place of the Trauma Framework in Child and Family Services", Dr Stephen Crossley, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University on "Lessons to be learnt from the Troubled Families Programme", Professor Helen Rhoades, Australian Law Reform Commission, and Judge Joe Harman, Federal Circuit Court of Australia. 

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.

STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 3rd December to Wednesday, 5th December

Domestic violence can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location. Over the course of three days, the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will highlight, acknowledge and reflect on the efforts of those who have contributed and set the bar for change. The Conference aims to facilitate policy change, raise awareness and work together to eliminate violence within Australia. 

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 Manager, Family and Child Connect - Mercy Community

Mercy Community is seeking a permanent full time Team Manager for the Family and Child Connect team working out of the Moreton Bay Region. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as the role is required to be filled as soon as possible. Find out more and apply.

Principal Policy Adviser - PeakCare

PeakCare is seeking a full- or near full-time Principal Policy Adviser to research, monitor and maintain comprehensive knowledge of legislative, policy, program and practice trends and issues in child protection and family services, to exercise a leadership role on behalf of PeakCare in analysing and providing authoritative specialist advice, and to contribute to PeakCare's operational planning. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 24th August.

Centre Based Support and Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects

Micah is seeking a permanent full time Centre Based Support and Advocacy Worker to join the Coordinated Access Team. This position is centre-based, providing assessment, support and referral to central services based on presenting needs to individuals and families who are present experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 24th August

Project Coordinator, LLA & Collective Impact - Save the Children

Save the Children Australia is seeking a full time, fixed term Project Coordinator based in Mt Isa. The role supports the Local Level Alliance across Mount Isa and the Gulf, and the Collective Impact objectives for the Connected Beginnings Program in Doomadgee. The role provides local leadership to progress important community development and collective impact initiatives. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 27th August

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