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- Friday, 31st August 2018 -
Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) was officially launched yesterday with the Awards Ceremony at Parliament House where the child protection sector came together to recognise Queenslanders who have gone the extra distance in protecting children and young people and supporting families. Now in its 32nd year, Child Protection Week is a national event held during the first full week of September. From a front-line Queensland Police Service Child Protection Investigator to a grandmother who volunteers to assist children during frightening court processes, the 2018 QCPW Award winners have made outstanding contributions to child protection in Queensland. 

PeakCare offers our sincere congratulations to Award recipients and our thanks to all Queenslanders across the government and non-government sector and communities who prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and families. We also thank the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee (QCPWC) for all that they do in highlighting the many and significant issues associated with child protection and child and family wellbeing.

Professional (non-government) Award: Jo Bryant 
Professional (government) Award: Detective Sergeant Anthony Joseph McNae
Volunteer Award: Jan Brown
Regional Program Award: Angela Kerslake, Claire Oliver, Jamie Coburn, Francette Kerk and Kerri Chard
Education Initiative Award: Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Youth Participation Award: Alethea Beetson
Media and Communications Award: Kay McGrath
Addressing Overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people in the child protection system Award: Joanne Borg

At the launch, QCPWC Chair, Anna Nolan, noted that QCPW has as its key message the importance of listening to children and young people. “We say it like it is a simple undertaking. Perhaps it’s our naivete but we expect it to be so. However, examples such as the one I’ve outlined say that it isn’t so. Hence, we can never become complacent and we always need to be open to hearing from children and young people and be prepared to be questioned, challenged and held to account. Our organisations are larger than ever before. We have layers of hierarchy and clear delineations of power. Yes, we also have quality assurance processes, I should know - that’s my work area. However, in large hierarchical bureaucratic structures with clear balances of power, we all need to be committed to remaining able to critique, analyse, question, observe and most significantly to listen to children and young people and stand up when up something isn’t right. To do so takes the considered effort and intent of every person who holds a role in child protection. It is us up to us, every single one of us, to play our part in this community of child protection.” 

On the protection of children's interests in court – Leneen Forde Public Address

The Leneen Forde Public Address is an annual event held by the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) where a thought provoking leader presents an inspiring address on an area of interest to child protection and legal practitioners. The event is named after the Honourable Ms Leneen Forde AC, former Queensland Governor and Chair of the Forde Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions. This year's Address will see Dr Scott Harden share his experience as a child psychiatrist in the courts - musing 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. The event on 11th September is free for CPPAQ Members and $40 for non-members. Find out more and register.

Invitation to National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum

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? On Tuesday, 4th September, during National Child Protection Week, 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 Indigenous lawyer and advocate Norman Laing, National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell, representatives from R4Respect, and Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. View the flyer for more details or register now.

Providers of residential care services are reminded that registrations for the workshop to be co-hosted by PeakCare and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women on Friday, 14th September CLOSE TODAY. All organisations delivering residential care services are required to register at least one and no more than three representatives. Check with your senior managers to find out who will be representing your organisation at the workshop and make sure that they have submitted their registrations.

 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. Queensland’s third inquiry into the child protection system within little more than a decade, the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (Carmody Inquiry) concluded in 2013 with 121 recommendations to change the child protection system in Queensland. 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.

Come have a cuppa...Morning Tea for parents
Brisbane - Monday, 17th September
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

The Family Inclusion Network's Morning Tea for Parents is an opportunity for parents who have/had children in care, have/had intervention with parental agreement, or have been reunified with their children, to share their experiences with others, discuss how they navigated the child protection and out-of-home care systems, and offer support to other parents. The Morning Tea is held once a month on Monday from 9.30am to 11am at Wellspring Coorparoo, 143 Cavendish Road. For enquiries, contact Rebecca by email or phone on 3013 6030.

Underneath the Masculine Mask: How to effectively engage and work with men experiencing depression
Brisbane - Wednesday, 10th October
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This presentation aims to equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to work more effectively with men experiencing mental health issues such as depression into their programs, services and groups. Men are often socialised to be independent and task orientated, and so depression is often ‘masked’. Some men may realise something isn’t right and may even admit to being depressed, but can be reluctant to seek help, or if they do often quickly disengage. Without support many men can be at risk of suicide. Research has consistently shown that men will access support services if the approach is male friendly, non-judgemental and builds on their masculine skills and strengths. Find out more and register.

Digging Deeper: risk assessment and strengths-based family work
Brisbane - Thursday, 11th October

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Is risk assessment still relevant in child protection when you work from a strengths-based framework with families? Of course! Assessing risk remains at the core of protecting children and young people. Yet what some find tricky is how to integrate the risk assessment process with a strengths-oriented approach to practice.  This workshop ‘digs deeper’ into this question, reviewing contemporary understandings of the concepts and skills critical to risk assessment and exploring how to successfully enact these in practice while working to engage with families around the safety of their children.  The complexities of this work are enormous, as is the responsibility to ‘get it right’.  This workshop provides the opportunity to explore your understanding and approach to risk assessment and where it fits with frameworks for inclusive engagement and work with families. Find out more and register.


123 Magic and Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Thursday, 8th 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.

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.

Sisters Inside Inc. 9th International Conference
Brisbane - Wednesday, 14th November to Friday, 16th November

Sisters Inside Inc.'s 9th International Conference Imagining Abolition…A world without prisons has been announced. The Conference is currently accepting abstract submissions on the conference theme and related issues, including: failure of prison reform; over-imprisonment of First Nations people; systemic racism and sexism; state violence and deaths in custody; the prison-industrial complex; the welfare-industrial complex; alternatives to prison; decarceration strategies; and local and global innovations for presentations 10-15 minutes long. Submit an abstract, register to attend the Conference with early bird rates until 31st August, or sign up to stay notified of Conference details.

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.

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.

Women's Advocate, BDVS - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects is seeking a locum Women’s Advocate to join the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service. This is a full time position, for 6 months with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 5. The objective of this position is to support the female partners or ex-partners of those men currently attending the Safer Lives: Men’s Domestic Violence Offender Program to live free from violence and to assist with the emotional and practical needs and issues arising from their experience. Find out more and apply. Applications close 9am Monday, 10th September.

Practice Supervisor - Bravehearts

Bravehearts is seeking a part-time Practice Supervisor working in the South East region. The role will report to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, this role provides supervision, debriefing, self-care and professional development of the team across the three locations, Arundel, Springwood and Strathpine. The role is classified under SCHC&DS Industry Award Level 7. Find out more and apply.

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