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- Friday, 27th April 2018 -

Executive and senior managers of residential care service providers will soon be invited to a gathering to be co-hosted by PeakCare and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women where they will:

  • receive information about a range of exciting new initiatives about to be rolled out in the next phase of PeakCare’s project to develop training and professional development strategies that support organisations in implementing the Hope and Healing framework
  • receive advice about the relationship that will exist between these initiatives and plans for introducing a minimum qualification for residential care workers
  • hear about the experiences of organisations that have been, of their own volition, reviewing and amending their policies, practices and procedures to ensure their congruence with the Hope and Healing framework, and
  • engage in identifying and prioritising other responses to the learning and development needs of residential care workers, their managers and others, that will be of greatest assistance to organisations in equipping them to implement the Hope and Healing framework.

To assist in making sure that the ‘right people’ receive invitations to attend this and other future events hosted or co-hosted by PeakCare, Member organisations are urged to make sure they submit a new Member Agency Contact List 2018. This list is being updated to cater for the recently announced changes to the regional structure of the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Special fundraising screening of Gurrumul

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Qld (ANTaR) aim to raise recognition and protect the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including the importance of relationships to land, the right to self-determination, and the maintenance and growth of their unique cultures. Find out about ANTaR's Learning More program for non-Indigenous Australians who would like to understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to support their struggle for justice. ANTaR will hold a special fundraising screening of the documentary Gurrumul, about the Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the most commercially successful Aboriginal Australian musician in history, who sang stories of his land in Yolŋu languages and in English. Gurrumul was formerly a member of Yothu Yindi, and later Saltwater Band. The documentary has received critical acclaim and will be screened at New Farm, Brisbane on Sunday, 3rd June. All proceeds will go towards supporting the policy, advocacy and community education projects of ANTaR, who receive no government funding. Purchase tickets or view the poster for more details. 

Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

Two worthwhile opportunities are currently available to support the dreams, goals and studies of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. The Young, Black & Proud Scholarships are supported by the Queensland Family and Child Commission and seek to celebrate the talents and strengths of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders 25 or younger are encouraged to apply for one of twenty scholarships up to $2,000 each for support with academic, arts or sporting dreams. Applications close Friday, 18th May. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also apply to participate in this year’s Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, which offers the to develop leadership skills and learn about influencing change. The program brings together 40 participants from across the state to participate in a six-day residential program where they will develop leadership skills and learn about the democratic processes in Queensland. Applications close Friday, 4th May. 

Grants available for community organisations

A range of grants are currently open for applications from community groups and non-government organisations. Activity grants of up to $1,000 are available for non-government and community organisations and networks for events that promote the key messages and aims of Child Protection Week (2nd to 8th September). Regional grants of up to $5,000 are also available for not-for-profit organisations in each of the six regions of Queensland that can demonstrate collaboration with a minimum of five other agencies within that region. Applications close Saturday, 19th May. Apply here. Small grants of up to $5,000 from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors are also available to support events and activities to mark Disability Action Week (9th to 15th September) or International Day of People with Disability (3rd December). Applications close Wednesday, 16th May. Apply here. Community Sector Banking Social Investment Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations for initiatives to build resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse. Applications open 1st May and close 31st May. View more information here

Practitioner input needed

Families Australia is working with the Australian Government Department of Social Services to understand barriers for service providers using the Data Exchange (DEX). Service providers in the following program activity areas are reminded to complete the short ten question survey by Monday, 30th April to provide valuable input on DEX system and Standard Client Outcome Reporting (SCORE): Family and Relationship Services (FaRS), Communities for Children Facilitating Partner (CfC FP), Children and Parenting Support (CaPS), Intensive Family Support (IFSS), Find and Connect Support Services and Forced Adoption Support Services (Adult Specialist Support). Complete the survey hereThe Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is currently mapping service responses for adolescents (10-17 years of age) with sexually abusive behaviours to develop a detailed understanding of effective interventions and the contextual factors affecting implementation. AIFS are seeking program managers and service practitioners or clinicians to complete an online survey about how young people’s needs are being met through various services and therapeutic practices, and provide feedback on what's effective and what could be done better. Complete the survey here.

Cunnara Giluma Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation

Cunnara Giluma Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation is an exciting new addition to the landscape of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations contributing to the needs of their children, families and communities. Cunnara Giluma means One Circle, symbolising connection and the holistic approach to healing this organisation is intent on providing. Read more.

If you have contributions you'd like to donate to the Ice Bank, or know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, please contact Lorraine Dupree.

The cost of raising a child  

In light of Foster and Kinship Care Week 2018 (22nd - 29th April), In the Read looks at the increasing costs of raising a child, and the criticality of government providing adequate funding to ensure all children experience substantive equity, including those in care and in low income families. 

new report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies estimates the current costs of raising children as a benchmark for assessing Australia's minimum wage and income support system including Newstart Allowance, especially for low income families. The report measures the extra cost of each child in meeting the minimum income for healthy living and shows the weekly costs of children are between $137 and $203 for families with minimum-wage income, and between $106 and $174 for unemployed families in receipt of Newstart Allowance. Read more...

Foodbank Australia's Rumbling Tummies report suggests that more than 1 in 5 children in Australia live in a food insecure household, and that it is more likely for a child to live in a food insecure household than an adult. The report asserts more than half of parents in food insecure households expect it to become more challenging to provide food for their family in the future as the cost of living continues to rise.

A recent research review by the UK Children's Society provides an evidence base for researchers and practitioners to help define the concept of 'adolescent neglect' and the related practice implications for early intervention and ongoing support. The report suggests among other factors, relative material deprivation and lack of formal child protection plans are associated with an increased likelihood of neglect.

Turning to the financial supports available to foster and kinship carers in Queensland, a new reference guide explains the full range of carer allowances and child related costs for which carers may be eligible. Depending on the age of the child, the weekly base allowance is between $243 and $284. View more details on the financial support available for carers.

Child sexual abuse: issues in practice when working with multicultural communities
Brisbane - Monday, 30th April
Presented by The Oasis Centre

Jatinder Kaur, Manager of The Oasis Centre and Director of JK Diversity Consultants, will deliver this full day training workshop for practitioners working with migrant and refugee clients, to explore the issues in practice when dealing with child sexual abuse in CALD communities. Find out more and register.

Interviewing children and young people - Lessons from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Brisbane - Wednesday, 2nd May
Presented by Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland

The first CPPAQ Practice Paper for 2018 will examine the lessons learned by the Royal Commission in order to shape systems, policy and practice approaches into the future. The session Chair will be Ann Gummow, until recently the Managing Lawyer for the Brisbane division of Knowmore, an independent service giving free legal advice to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Keynote speakers include Bob Atkinson AO APM, Commissioner for the Royal Commission, and Michael Byrne QC, Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions. For more details, view the flyer or purchase tickets now.

Exploring attachment in couple work
Brisbane - Thursday, 3rd May
Presented by AASW

This half day workshop is designed to assist social workers, psychologists and counsellors to develop a better understanding of working with couples from an attachment framework. This is relevant for social workers who work therapeutically with couples. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge Attachment specialists and The Circle of Security. Find out more and register.

Weaving the Tapestry: applying relationship based parenting approaches in family support
Brisbane - Thursday, 10th May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

This workshop takes participants on a journey of discovery towards applying attachment principles in the daily parenting of children and invites them to consider how to use this knowledge in family support work. Participants will have an opportunity to understand Circle of Security™ concepts, such as seeing behaviour as a form of communication, and how to talk about these with families they support. Find out more and register.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting
Hervey Bay - Tuesday, 22nd May
Presented by NAPCAN

This 3-hour interactive workshop covers essential knowledge for anyone working with children and young people, particularly those covered by mandatory reporting requirements. Topics covered include: roles and responsibilities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, legislative requirements including mandatory reporting, organisational/individual responsibility in responding to early indicators of harm and family support needs, how to respond, and prevention strategies. This workshop will also be held in other locations around Queensland. Find out more and register

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Thursday, 31st May
Presented by Parentshop

A comprehensive one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations with parents in child protection.The workshop helps busy professionals to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where a clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. Find out more and register.

Stuff That Sucks
Brisbane - Wednesday, 27th June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This full-day workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a specific focus on its successful application with younger people. ACT is an empirically supported therapeutic approach that draws on behavioural and mindfulness principles to help people make space for painful thoughts and feelings and instead turn their focus towards values. ACT is rapidly growing in popularity internationally and is being used successfully with people experiencing a range of life challenges including low mood, worries, difficult behaviour, anger, anxiety, and interpersonal or family conflict. Find out more and register. This workshop will also be held at the Gold Coast on 25th June and Toowoomba on 26th June.

Developmental differences in children who have experienced adversity: Emerging evidence and implications for practice 
Webinar - Wednesday, 2nd May

This free webinar by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will outline emerging evidence on the impact of early adversity on children’s development and implications for practice. This webinar will outline emerging evidence on developmental differences in children that are linked to exposure to early adversity and toxic stress. In particular, this webinar will highlight four key developmental differences and the implications for psychologists, mental health social workers and therapeutic specialists. Find out more and register.

Platform 1225 Forum 2018: Abuse of Power – Confronting Dynamics of Harm
Brisbane - Friday, 11th May

The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition will present Platform 1225 Forum 2018: Abuse of Power – Confronting Dynamics of Harm, a discussion between key stakeholders in youth housing and homelessness featuring the voices of young people, academics and practitioners. The keynote speaker will be Scott Miller from Duluth, offering strategies and solutions, with MC Kay McGrath and guest speaker the Hon. Mick de Brenni. The conversation will be focused on the abuse of power and dynamics of harm, as well as the intersection between domestic and family violence and its impact on the lives of young people. The key aim is to encourage industry professionals to gather and explore new ideas to address the topic outlined each year. Register here.

NFP State of the Nation Seminar 
Cairns - Friday, 11th May

The Australian Charity Guide's Not-For-Profit State of the Nation travelling seminar will explore the current state of the NFP sector, latest trends, techniques and innovations in fundraising, how to develop a marketing strategy, sales in a NFP context to attract donors, staff, volunteers and corporate partners and best practice customer service. The seminar travels around the country and will also take place at Brisbane on Friday, 29th June. Find out more and register here.

Acting on Evidence: 2nd Research Conference on Violence Against Women and their Children
Sydney - Tuesday, 15th to Thursday, 17th May 

The 2nd ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children - Acting on Evidence focuses on translating research findings into policy and practice. The conference discusses new evidence and applications, including in areas such as responding to violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, service provision in complex contexts, data challenges and opportunities, positive interventions for young people using violence and public health perspectives. View the programmore about the speakers or register now.

QCOSS 2018 State Conference - Movement for Change 
Brisbane - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May

The QCOSS 2018 State Conference Movement for Change - Play Your Part will ask how to move our communities closer to greater wellbeing by challenging how we talk about the world. The conference will explore the current landscapes in which we live and work, uncover the big issues and identify the stories that are dividing our community, develop an understanding of the evidence base for change and the current state of play from which to move forward, explore reforms currently underway, and learn from opinion leaders from different backgrounds and sectors. The conference will be hosted by author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer Jane Caro, with appearances by Richard Denniss, Mick Gooda, the Puuya Foundation, Family by Family and many more. View the program, find out more about the speakers or register now.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research present the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – Language of Change. The event aims to celebrate the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to family violence. It will be an opportunity to highlight strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others, with discussions that relate to working with men, women and children who are either victims, or perpetrators, of domestic and family violence. Find out more and register.


Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 28th and Tuesday, 29th May 

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is hosting the annual Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference covering a broad range of topics including prevention, treatment, systematic responses, behaviours, mental health and harm reduction in relation to all types of addiction.  The program will include emerging trends and the various addictive habits of alcohol and other drugs, gambling, and more. View the program, find out more about the speakers, or register now.

Ending Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Violence Conference
Sydney - Tuesday, 29th to Wednesday, 30th May

The Ending Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Violence Conference has been designed to help make the change toward ending violence in Indigenous Australian communities. The conference will provide practical guidance on how to be more effective in the areas of prevention, healing, response, and working with people who use violence, as well as how to increase self-determination. View the programfind out more about speakers or register now.

2018 Creating Child Safe Organisations
Sydney - Tuesday, 29th to Wednesday, 30th May

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hosting a National Conference to explore the plans to improve prevention and enhance responses to child sexual abuse. The Conference will explore future directions, how to implement a child safe culture and framework, how to improve incident reporting and responses and how to equip staff to support child safe environments. View the program or register now.

ACA 2018 National Childcare Conference
Gold Coast - Friday, 1st June to Sunday, 3rd June

Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland will deliver the 2018 National Childcare Conference – Together We Grow, It Takes A Village. For more details, view the program or find out more about the speakers. Register here.

Doing School Differently Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June

This Conference by Berry Street Childhood Institute offers a unique opportunity to advance the national conversation on practice and research in flexible and inclusive education by bringing together educators, researchers, policy makers and young people who are committed to developing and sustaining successful educational opportunities and pathways for young people who have experienced barriers. The Conference will explore a diverse range of topics including trauma-informed practice, how to develop individualised and flexible learning plans, case studies of alternative education methods, supporting young parents and their children, improving disability inclusion, and youth mental health challenges. Super early bird registration closes Friday, 27th April. Find out more and register.

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.

Support and Advocacy Worker, Micah Mental Health and Disability Service - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a casual Support and Advocacy Worker classified under the SCHADS Award Level 2 to join the Micah Mental Health and Disability Service (MMHDS). These outreach teams provide flexible, recovery focussed support and advocacy to adults with complex disabilities in the Brisbane area. Applications close Monday, 7th May. Find out more and apply.

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