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- Friday, 25th January 2019 -

Welcome to 2019 and the first edition of eNews for this year. Already PeakCare has well and truly hit the ground running in what is shaping up to be a busy, but highly productive year. Join us in the journey as we meander through both the ups and the downs, always holding on tight to:
Our vision
Safe and well children – Safe and well families

Our purpose
To be a respected voice that leads, influences and informs systems, policies, programs and practices that advance the safety and well-being of children, young people and their families


Our Values and Beliefs

  • Leadership, integrity and courage
  • Respect and inclusiveness
  • Independence, interdependence and impartiality
  • Reconciliation that honours First Peoples of the Land and their rights to self-determination

Join us in the journey by making sure that your organisation is a PeakCare Member or, as an individual, you are registered as a PeakCare Supporter. PeakCare needs the support of all non-government organisations involved in the delivery of child protection and related services. This is a responsibility that should not be left in the hands of only a few. Click here to find out how non-government organisations can apply for membership or individuals can become a Supporter.
Join us in the journey by making sure that all your organisation’s staff members are subscribed to eNews. It’s the best and easiest way of making sure that they are kept up to date with child protection news. To subscribe, ask them to scroll to the bottom of our home page and follow the instructions. It takes less than five seconds.  Make this part of your induction of all newly employed staff members.   

PeakCare Board Office-bearers for 2019

PeakCare is pleased to announce who our Board’s Office-bearers are for 2019 as elected by the Board in late 2018. The newly elected President is Mr Darren Young (Mission Australia), Vice-President is Ms Cara Benoit (yourtown) and the Treasurer is Ms Sammy Bruderer (NAPCAN).

They are joined on the Board by Mr Michael Currie (The Benevolent Society), Ms Sharon Lowe (Churches of Christ Care) and Ms Pam Spall (C&K) who were each elected by PeakCare Members during our 2018 Annual General Meeting plus Ms Janet Wight (Youth Advocacy Centre) who was elected the previous year.

Hope & Healing

Implementation of the Hope and Healing Framework for residential care workers is well underway, with the release of three e-learning modules prior to Christmas. PeakCare project officer, Debbie Galvin, has been working closely with organisations across the state who provide residential care services to ensure residential care staff and their immediate supervisors have access to the learning platform to complete the modules. Further modules are being progressively released with a timeframe for completion within one month of release. The modules are interesting and engaging, taking approximately one hour each to complete. The Framework can be accessed here. Further information can be obtained by contacting Lesley Leece, Assistant Director, PeakCare.

Minimum qualifications for residential care workers

Along with the Hope and Healing Framework the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (the Department) have required since 1 July 2018 that residential care workers obtain a minimum qualification of Certificate IV level from an approved list. Further information can be obtained by accessing the information sheet on the Department's website. The link also provides information about the process for having qualifications that are not currently listed assessed for inclusion. There is an email address to the Department that individuals and organisations can write to requesting qualifications to be assessed.

Have you watched this video?

In late 2018, PeakCare released The Voice of Residential Care Workers featuring completely un-scripted discussion by four Queensland residential care workers about what the Government’s introduction of minimum qualifications standards mean to them. This is a ‘must-watch’ video for not only all residential care workers, but also all policy-makers, executive and operational managers, and practitioners who have an involvement or interest in the delivery of residential care services. It is always instructive, of course, to listen to the views of those who have been directly impacted by new government policies and standards. It is also inspiring to listen to the voices of people who obviously love their jobs, are hungry for opportunities to further their knowledge and skills, and are dedicated to the children, young people and families they serve. These four residential care workers hold those qualities in abundance – listen to what they have to say and be inspired! Click here to watch the video.

Monday, 28th January – We will be open for business

The PeakCare Office will remain open on 28th January 2019. Our reasons for keeping the office open on this day are best explained by the words contained within these short video clips:

Please watch, listen and learn.

Stupendous ‘triple-bunger’ conference for Brisbane - Save these dates

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), PeakCare and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) are partnering to bring to Brisbane a national child protection conference. At this stage, we’ve assigned the working title, ‘The Triple Bunger’, to the conference as it seems an apt way of describing this ambitious and exciting venture. Stay tuned for more advice about the conference and the opportunities you will be given to attend and contribute to this triple-streamed event. In the meantime, set aside these dates – 24th to 28th June 2019.    

New year and new research by ANROWS

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) plans to release nearly 30 publications and resources in the next 6 months. Highlights include: Reports and supporting resources from the NCAS, focusing on young people, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; Synthesising the research evidence about housing, homelessness and domestic and family violence; A report and program manual about working with young people as agents of change; and A report and resources about working with LGBTIQ perpetratorsStay in the loop via ANROWS Notepad to ensure you don't miss out on any of these releases and many more.

Free Churchill Fellowship information sessions

A Churchill Fellowship can offer you (as an Australian citizen) the remarkable opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that you are passionate about. The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society. The Churchill Trust is on the road throughout February and March to deliver a National Roadshow of Information Sessions about the 2019 Churchill Fellowship opportunity. In Queensland, free information sessions will be held in Mt Isa (4th March), Brisbane (5th March), Noosa (12th March), Cairns (13th March), and Townsville (14th March). The sessions will provide the opportunity to listen to some extraordinary Churchill Fellows share their Fellowship experiences, impart insights on their fascinating projects and how the program helped them achieve their goals. Applications to the Fellowships open 1st February.

Nominations close soon for these Queensland awards

Time is running out to nominate for the 2019 Queensland Reconciliation Awards. These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the ongoing efforts of those who are paving the way for a better future for our state, with nominations accepted across four categories—business, community, education and partnership, with $25,000 prize money to be shared across the four categories. Nominate now.

The Queensland Greats Awards recognises the efforts and achievements of remarkable individuals and institutions for their invaluable contribution to the history and development of our great state. Nominations are open across three categories – individual, institution and posthumous. Find out more and nominate online.

Impact 25 Awards – Don’t forget to vote!

Voting for Pro Bono Australia’s 2018 Impact 25 awards close at 5pm on 31st January – don’t forget to vote! PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener is one of over 300 very worthy candidates nominated to join the list of 25 award recipients.

To find out more about the awards, click here, or to read the nominations, click here.

To vote, click here.

Those who vote will be in the running to win one of five for-good hampers, including contributions from Songbird, Big Little Brush, Mister Timbuktu and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (valued at $276 each).

Productivity Commission RoGS 2019

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. Minister for Child Safety, the Honourable Di Farmer, said the Report, released on 22nd January 2019, shows that Queensland is making progress in strengthening the child protection service system but there were still improvements to be made. 

Read more about the Report’s findings and Minster Farmer’s own assessment of the results by clicking here.

Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Brisbane - Friday, 15th February
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

The 2019 AASW Queensland Branch Forum has been designed to sharpen social worker’s practice toolkits through high quality practice and skill-based workshops. The Forum program has been designed to maximise opportunities for varied and practice based workshop sessions by bringing together 80 social workers with engaging workshops across the Forum's three streams: Children and Young People, Families and Health & Wellbeing. 7 Hours CPD apply for full-day attendance. Early bird prices currently available. Find out more and register.

Are the Kids OK? – being child aware while supporting families
Brisbane - Thursday, 28th February
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Targeted at anyone working in a support role with families and young people, this popular workshop draws on Encompass' specialty in risk assessment in child and family work. All who work with families, children and young people must have as their focus the safety and well-being of the children. An ability to assess the risk of harm, and to recognise both protective factors and indicators of danger, is crucial. This one day workshop provides an opportunity for participants to develop their knowledge and skills specific to work with families where the well-being of children is a focus. Participants will have the opportunity to apply core concepts and knowledge to their own practice context. Find out more and register.

Brisbane - Monday, 18th to Tuesday, 19th March
Presented by Compass Seminars

An exploration of the ways the immune system, epigenetics, affect regulation, and attachment intersect in mental health. Mind-Brain-Gene describes the feedback loops between the multiple systems contributing to the emergence of the mind and the experience of the self. It explains how our mental operating networks "self-organise", drawing from and modifying our memory systems to establish and maintain mental health. Synthesising research in psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics with interpersonal neurobiology and research on integrated psychotherapeutic approaches, John Arden explores how insecure attachment, deprivation, child abuse, and trauma contribute to anxiety disorders and depression to produce epigenetic affects. Find out more and register.

Sharing information and engaging with parents about child mental health
Webinar - Tuesday, 12th February

Co-produced by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds, this free webinar will explore how practitioners can share information about children’s mental health (0-12 years) and effectively engage parents to support prevention and early intervention for child mental health difficulties. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own practice. Further resources on child mental health will also be provided. Find out more and register.

Policy and Advocacy 2 Day Intensive
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st to Friday, 22nd February

This 2 Day Intensive delivered by For Purpose will provide attendees with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded people to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. This Intensive will cover theory on how social change happens, the political process and points of influence, articulating a clear problem and ask and communicating clear messages to make the case for change. At the end of the Intensive, participants will be able to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. Find out more and register.

5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 13th to Wednesday, 15th May

This annual conference by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family. Find out more and register.


Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. The participation of young people will be a key feature of the Conference.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents. To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system. 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.

High Risk Team Coordinator - Micah Projects

Micah Projects are seeking a High Risk Team Coordinator for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) for the Brisbane Metropolitan Area. High Risk Teams are required to mobilize quickly to respond to changing levels of risk and are critical to stop victims from falling through the cracks, to be safe in the community and prevent domestic violence related deaths. The role of the High-Risk Team Coordinator will be to review and manage referrals of high-risk cases of domestic and family violence while abiding to the five key principles that underpin the high risk intervention model. Applications close 5pm Monday, 4th February. Find out more and apply.

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