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- Friday, 14th December 2018 -

On Tuesday of this week, the Palaszczuk Government released Working Together Changing the Story 2019-2023, describing it as Queensland’s first Youth Justice Strategy for keeping communities safer and reducing youth reoffending across the State.

Click here to read a transcript of PeakCare’s media statement released soon after the strategy was announced. Make sure you let us know your views about the new strategy by entering comments, anonymously if you prefer, in response to our media statement.

Scroll further down to the ‘In the Read’ section of this week’s edition of eNews to locate PeakCare’s summary of key points contained within the strategy and our initial views about matters that will require some focussed attention during the development of a detailed action plan to support the strategy’s implementation.

Hope and Healing podcasts released

Developed in conjunction with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Encompass Family and Community and PeakCare, Pracademics have released the first two podcast episodes in the 11-part series exploring the Hope and Healing Framework, featuring the voices of young people, staff and experts with residential care experience. Episode 1 considers how to make young people feel physically, emotionally and culturally safe while living in care. Episode 2 is about meeting young people's need for nurturing care. View the flyer for more details on where to download the podcasts, or listen online now. For details on enrolments for e-modules and more, view the latest three videos released by PeakCare about the Framework. For updates on the Framework, follow Hope and Healing on social media - Instagram: @hope_and_healing_qld; Twitter: @HopeQld; Facebook and LinkedIn: Search “Hope and Healing QLD”. 
 

New program for Queenslanders with loved ones affected by ice

As part of the Queensland government's Action on Ice, a new program for families of those affected by ice use and other drugs has commenced. The Breakthrough for Families program helps families and significant others of individuals affected by ice and other drugs – in particular families with children – to obtain information, develop support strategies and connect to treatment and other services. Families can receive brief individual support over several private sessions tailored to their individual needs and circumstances. An information sheet for families is available that provides an overview of the drug's impacts and an FAQ for service providers is also available for organisations referring to the program.

 

New app for women with disability experiencing abuse

A new free app has been developed for women with disability who have experienced violence and abuse. Sunny is 1800RESPECT’s app co-designed with women with disability to provide support and help women tell their story, understand what happened in the relationship, know their rights, find help, and learn about the types of abuses that can occur in different relationships. Sunny is available for Apple and Android.


Insights required into primary prevention of gender based violence

The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance is conducting a survey of primary prevention activities across Australia. The survey aims to map activities across Australia that are working to build respectful relationships and increase gender equality to support the reduction of violence against women. Any organisations, services or activities that work to build respectful relationships and/or increase gender equality are in scope. Take the survey here.

Voices for a civil society - from PeakCare's SPEAK OUT Symposium

Karen Mahlab AM, Founder and CEO of Pro Bono Australia delivered a Keynote Address at PeakCare’s recent SPEAK OUT Symposium.  She reported on the voices that Pro Bono Australia have researched through the Civil Voices report on sector advocacy and other surveys that have allowed for non-government organisations (NGOs) to be effective advocates for the causes and communities they represent. Read more.


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

Queensland Government Youth Justice Strategy 2019-2023 - Working Together Changing the Story

On Tuesday 11th December, the Queensland Government released its Working Together Changing the Story Youth Justice Strategy 2019-2023. The strategy is a response to the government-commissioned independent review of youth justice - Report on Youth Justice – delivered by Mr Bob Atkinson AO APM in June 2018 and the recent report on youth development and youth crime in Townsville by Major General (retired) Stuart Smith, and aligns with the Queensland Government’s Our Future State commitments to reduce youth offending and reduce crime victimisation.

Click here to read PeakCare’s summary of key aspects of the strategy and our initial identification of matters that may require focussed attention during the development of a detailed action plan to support the strategy’s implementation.

Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Brisbane - Friday, 15th February 2019
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.

Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients
Brisbane - Friday, 14th December

This one-day interactive professional development training by the Blue Knot Foundation provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work in counselling and/or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma. This training provides essential knowledge, insights and tools to enhance clinical practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who present challenges around to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. Find out more and register.
 

Policy and Advocacy 2 Day Intensive
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st to Friday, 22nd February 2019

This 2 Day Intensive 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.


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

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. Abstract submissions are now open until 20th January. Presentations can be in any of four formats: plenary (symposium, hypothetical or debate), XPRESS podium (maximum 3 minutes), workshop (interactive), or Policy Think Space (discussion).



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.

Children and Young People's Domestic Violence Specialist Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects has is currently seeking a Children and Young People’s Domestic Violence Specialist Worker to join BDVS. The objective of this position is to support children impacted by domestic and family violence, to live free from violence and to assist with the emotional and practical needs and issues arising from their experience. This is a full time position, with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week and is classified as a Level 4 under the SCHADS Award. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 24th December.


Support and Advocacy Worker (casual pool) - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is currently seeking Support and Advocacy Workers to join the casual pool. These positions will provide casual relief across several different Micah Projects programs, including: Resident Support Program, Homefront, Street to Home, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Coordinated Access Team and Supportive Housing Hope Street. Hours of work for these positions can vary across programs involving weekday, weekend, and night time work across different rosters. Availability across 24 hours/7 days a week is desirable. These positions are casual and are classified under the SCHADS Award 2010 – Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 31st December.

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