FRSA eBulletin - 7 September 2016
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Being in the middle of National Child Protection Week (NCPW) (4-10 Sept) there are a number of articles in this week’s e-Bulletin pointing to a range of resources aimed at increasing safety and wellbeing of children.

The theme NCPW this year, ‘Protecting children is everyone’s business’ resonates well with the family and relationship services sector. The interconnectedness of children in the formal child protection services and families within our own services are increasing – right across the range of services our members are delivering.

It was good to see the Federal Government sign off on the Third Action Plan for Protecting Australia’s Children (
Driving change: Intervening Early – National Framework for Protecting Australia’a Children 2009-2020) earlier this year and it is important as people working in the family and relationships services sector, we are tuned into the relevance of this plan in our own operations. In particular, ensuring we are providing and working in child safe organisations is an endeavour we should all be investing in.

I note (as we do later in the bulletin) an upcoming AIFS webinar being delivered by
Associate Professor Daryl Higgins focussing on the issue of child safe organisations.

I was also listening to Professor Morag McArthur on the radio on PM (
Survey shows children's abuse concerns) yesterday evening about her recent work on behalf of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse talking to children and their sense of what a child safe organisation ‘looks’ like.

With a strong focus among our members in the Family Law Services, we eagerly await the release of the Family Law Council’s report to the Attorney-General looking into key issues regarding opportunities for enhancing collaboration within the Family Law Services as well as other relevant support services such as Child Protection, Mental Health, Family Violence etc. 

There is also the next Action Plan focusing on
Reducing Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 that has great potential for ensuring that we can all contribute to the outcome of ‘protecting children’ through the work that we do.

The new Assistant Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Senator Zed Seselja, has also indicated he will have a strong focus on children through his work and we look forward to hearing more from him at the FRSA Conference later in the year.

You will note that the
FRSA Conference program is now live. There is a great line-up of speakers and with the ACWA accreditation the Conference has received this year, I do hope many people working in the family and relationship services sector will be attending.

Before I go – a bit shout out to the dads in our lives. I am not overly fond of the commercialisation of these days, but I am grateful that we do set aside a day a year where we ‘give thanks’ for the dads in our lives.
In this edition you will find information about:
The FRSA National Conference 2016 interactive program is now live
- National Child Protection Week
- Landmark study supports new campaign regarding out of home care in Victoria
- SNAICC release policy position statement
- Anti-Poverty Week
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- Webinars
- FRSA Jobs Board
- Celebrating milestones for Family Relationship Centres and Communities for Children programmes

Best regards,
Jackie Brady
The FRSA National Conference 2016 interactive program
is now live!

Containing the most up to date details of the sessions and timings, links to session abstracts for you to view in advance and speaker profiles!
FRSA is pleased to announce that the upcoming FRSA National Conference 29 November - 1 December 2016 is now an ACWA endorsed CPD event.

Members can claim CPD points for their participation.  

To find out more information,
please visit here
Click here to view the FRSA National Conference Program
The Conference will include a variety of international and local keynote speakers and workshop leaders addressing a range of topics and issues in an exciting mix of plenaries, debates and interactive sessions, to support and encourage important discussions and conversations by offering new insights and knowledge.

The newly appointed Assistant Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Zed Seselja will be delivering keynote address 1 to kick off the Conference! Followed by International keynote speaker, Associate Professor Moira Inkelas from UCLA presenting 'A learning system for improving family and community outcomes'.

Our keynote speakers for day 2 include, Professor John Toumbourou, Chair in Health Psychology at Deakin University, will be disemenating key points on how we strengthen prevention and early intervention within Australian family and relationship services and Ms Anna Huber (Families in Mind Psychology) who will take us through 10 myths that prevent sound evaluation of outcomes.

For the last day of the Conference, we have Families Commissioner at Superu, New Zealand, Mr Len Cook, providing us with international insight into 'What is "investment" in the New Zealand social investment model'.

National Child Protection Week ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ is from Sunday 4 September to Saturday 10 September. Child Protection Week is an opportunity to recognise the important work of individuals and organisations who work with children, young people and their families.

Launching on Father’s Day every year National Child Protection Week, now in its 26th year, supports and encourages the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families.

Visit the NAPCAN for more information on the campaign, programs, resources and ideas on how you can raise awareness about this important issue here.

This resource summarises the findings from a number of research reports relevant to the theme of National Child Protection Week 2016: “Stronger Communities, Safer Children”.

National Child Protection Week is coordinated by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) every September.

“Stronger Communities, Safer Children” emphasises that communities matter to children, and asks all Australians to play their part to help protect children and support families within their communities.

To read the full resource, please
click here.

FRSA Members, Anglicare Victoria released Raising our children: Guiding young Victorians in care into adulthood, a socioeconomic cost benefit analysis commissioned from Deloitte Access Economics. It provides the evidence of the wide economic and social benefit of extending support to young people in state care from 18 to 21 years.  

The report, launched hand in hand with the '
Home Stretch' campaign, supported by welfare agencies across Victoria, together calling on the government to extend the age state care supports young people living in out of home care like foster care or kinship care to 21 years.

To read the full report,
please click here.

For more information on the 'Home Stretch' campaign or to get involved,
visit here.
SNAICC - National Voice for Our Children has released their policy position statement on achieving stability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children out-of-home-care.

The paper examines the key concerns and describes the concepts that underpin understanding of best practice to help achieve stability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. 

Click here to read the full policy position statement.

Anti-Poverty Week in 2016 starts on Sunday 16 October and ends on Saturday 22 October. The UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day is Saturday 17 October.

The Week focuses on poverty around the world, especially in the poorest countries but also in wealthier countries such as Australia.

Its main aims are to:
- strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia;
- encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

As in previous years, Anti-Poverty Week will be promoted through a stand alone website and events calendar, please
click here to register.

Don't forget to register your Anti-Poverty Week event on the
FRSA Events & Training Calendar as well!

FRSA Events & Training Calendar provides holiday dates, information on national days, events and appreciation weeks, and locations of upcoming sector events and trainings.

Upcoming Events & Training for the next fortnight


R U OK? Day
R U OK day (Thursday 8 September 2016), is dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, “R U OK?”, in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling.


Trauma-Informed Care and Practice
Blue Knot Foundation
9:00am - 4:30pm Friday 9 September 2016
Cnr Ainslie & Limestone Avenues, Canberra, ACT 2612
This one-day interactive professional development training provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to, better inform them about, and be sensitive to the possibility of past and present traumas in clients and staff, and the vulnerabilities which accompany them.


Pronia’s Family & Relationship Program – Information Session with Carers Victoria
10:30am - 12:30pm Wednesday 14 September, 2016
Clayton Community Centre, Youth & Family Services
8-15 Cooke Street, Clayton, Victoria 3168
Do you look after and/or assist/support someone you love? Someone you know? Someone who is frail aged? A person with a disability? Someone with chronic illness? Someone with mental illness? Pronia brings together an information session with Carers Victoria. 

Principles in Practice – Supporting Adult Survivors of Complex Trauma – Blue Knot Foundation
Monday 12 September 2016
9:00am - 4:30pm
189 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC Australia
This one day interactive professional development training shares insights and learnings from current research and clinical best practice, and provides participants with new skills to utilise in their work with adult survivors of complex trauma.


Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma – Blue Knot Foundation
Monday 12 September 2016
9:00am - 4:30pm 
511 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW Australia
his one day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to keep healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by trauma.

If you would like to add your event or training to the FRSA Events & Training board,
please get in touch.
Parenting Teenagers in the 21st Century
7:30pm - 8:30pm Thursday 15 September
Adolescence is a time of rapid and dramatic change. This webinar is designed to provide insights and practical advice on how to provide positive parenting throughout this developmental stage. 

Register online here.

How can child welfare and youth-serving organisations keep children safe?

Associate Professor Daryl Higgins, Child Family Community Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
1:30pm - 2:30pm AEST Thursday 15 September 
This webinar will describe evidence-based solutions to creating child-safe cultures in child and family welfare organisations.

Register online here.

Please click here to view the FRSA Events & Training Calendar.


FRSA Jobs Board offers a space for those to advertise job opportunities and positions within their services and the sector.

If you are interested in advertising your vacancy on our board, please get in

Did you know we also promote jobs on the FRSA Jobs Board via Twitter?
To view job opportunities advertised, search using the #FRSAJobsBoard hashtag.

Couple and Family Counsellor
Relationships Australian NSW
Bathurst, NSW
Applications close: 18 September 2016

Relationship Educator
Relationships Australian NSW
Penrith, NSW
Applications close: 19 September 2016

Senior Coordinator Social Services
Mackay, Rockhampton or Bundaberg
Applications close: 30 September 2016

To view more jobs, please visit the FRSA Jobs Board here

FRSA Member Entitlement
As a Member of FRSA, all FRSA Member delegates will be provided login details via their listed delegate email, allowing them access to the FRSA Jobs Board where free posting and advertisement is available to the sector.

Celebrating milestones for Family Relationship Centres and Communities for Children programmes

On 1 July 2006, the first 15 Family Relationship Centres opened their doors in Australia. 65 centres down the track, FRSA will be marking the 10 year milestone at the National Conference later in the year.  We will also be looking to celebrate the 10 year milestone for the Communities for Children programme (which was actually last year).

To help prepare for celebrations, FRSA is calling out to all those in the sector who have photos, particular memories and stories that they would like to share about the development of Family Relationship Centres and CFC programmes over the years.
Please send them through to us
here or call Roslyn Mertin on (02) 6162 1811 who can interview you and take down some notes to craft a story capturing your memories. 

Thank you to Danae Pilgrim, Communities for Children Programme Coordinator in Burnie, Tasmania for sharing her memories, stories and images. 
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