FRSA eBulletin - Friday 24 February, 2017
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As we teeter on the verge of March, it is hard to believe how quickly the first two months of the year have gone. 

This fortnight, the first FRSA Board Meeting was held in Canberra to discuss the range of priorities and future planning for the year ahead. The research report “Strengthening Prevention and Early Intervention for Families into the Future” moved a step forward towards publication and we are looking forward to releasing it at the FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum in Canberra being held on 28 & 29 March 2017. 

The Report will be launched at a Parliamentary Breakfast being held at Parliament House on the 29th of March. This will give us an opportunity to put the potential for the family and relationship services sector to have a far more involved role in prevention and early intervention across a range of social and health issues straight into the hands of the politicians who will be joining us. The work that Professor John Toumbourou was commissioned to do for FRSA is the start of a conversation within our sector and we look forward to being able to harness and explore with our members the significant interest in the
Report preview that was presented at the FRSA Conference. 

Following on from last week’s eBulletin, registration for the
FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum is now open! We encourage all FRSA Members to register, and to share with their organisation and encourage emerging leaders to attend. We are finalising the program of speakers and look forward to sharing that information with you next week.  Keep your eye out on the website, and/or Members will find info via the Member Alerts.  

FRSA also held a networking event at the FRSA Office whilst the
Board was in town, bringing together FRSA board, staff, FRSA Members and stakeholders from within the family & relationships sector in Canberra. It provided a great opportunity to catch up with everyone, and start some conversations, and hear from our members and stakeholders.

An eBulletin highlight to mention this week, is the ANU Survey of Family Law System Professionals. This body of work is being led by Professor Bruce Smyth a FRSA Honorary Member. He wishes to connect with people working in the sector to better understand how families stuck in high-conflict make shared-time parenting time after separation ‘work’ (or not ‘work’) – emotionally, practically and financially.  More details below.

Also in this issue you will find:
Registrations now open - FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum 2017
- ANU Survey of Family Law System Professionals
- Parenting Orders Handbook
- 2016 Australian Reconciliation Barometer
- Closing the Gap report
- Family Day Care Sector Profile
- Headspace supporting young people to find employment
- Valuing Children Initiative - Silent Citizens - The 2017 State Election is crucial for children
- Care-Leavers Scholarships
- Webinars
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights

Kind regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Executive Director


FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum 2017
Reaching our Full Potential Together

28 Tuesday - 29 Wednesday March, 2017
Rydges Capital Hill, 17 Canberra Ave, Forrest ACT 2603

Ticket pricing
Member Single Ticket: $550 (including PH Breakfast)
Member Single Ticket: $520 (no PH breakfast) or
Member Duo (two tickets): $990 (including PH Breakfast)
Member Duo (two tickets): $940 (no PH Breakfast).

The theme of the Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) 2017, 'Reaching our full potential together', provides an opportunity for FRSA, senior representatives and emerging leaders from organisations within the family and relationship sector to come together and engage on the latest issues associated with commissioning services and service delivery design. 

Members will hear from an array of speakers, including Social Business Fellow, Cheryl Kernot from the Centre of Social Impact and Dr John Butcher, Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) who will canvas some of the commissioning trends, historical and current.

Apart from a full two day’s program of presentations, discussions, workshops and networking opportunities, it is also at this time that our members take an opportunity to meet with a broad range of Senators and Members of Parliament whilst they are in Canberra at the Parliamentary Breakfast. During the breakfast, FRSA will launch the FRSA commissioned publication “Strengthening Prevention and Early Intervention Services for Families into the future”.

SLF 2017 will attract over 100 attendees over the two days, from service organisations across Australia.  Visit SLF 2017 webpage for more information or contact the FRSA Office on (02) 6162 1811. 
Register here!
ANU Survey of Family Law System Professionals
Associate Professor Bruce Smyth from the Australian National University is investigating how families stuck in high-conflict make shared-time arrangements after separation ‘work’ (or not ‘work’) for their children – emotionally, practically and financially.
He’s seeking the views of family law system professionals (e.g., FDRPs, mediators, lawyers, judicial officers, etc.) about: (a) their attitudes to shared-time arrangements in different circumstances; (b) whether they use particular strategies when working with high-conflict clients or cases; and (c) what impact – if any – working with high-conflict cases has on their personal wellbeing. Bruce is hoping you might be willing to help by participating in this important study.
Participation is voluntary. The survey is anonymous, and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. All information will be treated in strict confidence as far as allowed by law. 
It would be appreciated if this Invitation-to-Participate message could be circulated to frontline and other relevant staff in your organisation.
To take the survey, please click
More detailed information is available in the
Participant Information Sheet
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the study, please contact Bruce on (+61) 1800 702 927 (toll free, business hours AEDT) or email:
The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the Australian National University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2013/574).
Many thanks on Bruce’s behalf for considering this request.
Parenting Orders Handbook
In recent conversations with the Attorney-General’s Department they are keen to receive feedback from the sector about the “Parenting orders – what you need to know” resource that was prepared by the Attorney-General’s Department with the assistance of Professor Richard Chisholm, AM. 

It was developed to support parents in making arrangements with children after separation.  It includes general guidance on drafting parenting orders and discusses examples of parenting orders dealing with various family situations.
Now that the Handbook has been in circulation for a number of months, AGD are interested in your feedback, particularly interested in hearing your views about the potential to develop other resources that may aid in its use.  Ie: online forms etc.
Please contact or call the office (02) 6162 1811 and ask to speak to Jackie Brady or Dr Adam Heaton.
The Reconciliation Australian has released the 2016 Australian Reconciliation Barometre report.

This national research study is conducted every two years to measure and compare attitudes and perceptions towards reconciliation in both the general Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Please click here to read the Full report and overview..
Closing the Gap report
This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country - by individuals, communities, organisations and government. 

However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate falling short of expectations in six out of the seven priority areas set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). 

To read the
Closing the Gap Prime Ministers Report 2017, please click here.
Family Day Care Sector Profile

The release of Family Day Care Australia's
Family Day Care Sector Profile has highlighted the role that family day care plays in early childhood education.

The report highlights that
family day care services are particularly critical for families from regional and remote areas, or other areas of disadvantage.

To read the profile, please click here.

Headspace supporting young people to find employment


Headspace is offering employment advice for young people to help increase their likelihood of joining the workforce. 

This valuable resource offers a starting point for young job seekers with a ready resume to start exploring as many job opportunities as possible including those that are not advertised, often found through networking.

You can access headspace
Looking for a Job resource here

Care-Leavers Scholarships

The Federation University Australia care-leavers scholarships for former wards of the state or care-leavers is now open. 

The scholarships is open to all Australian students who have been in care or a state ward with scholarships covering cost of living or further study at either university or within the TAFE system.

Applicants for a care-leavers scholarship must have been in continuous care for at least 12 months or more. 

For more information about the Care-Leavers Scholarship,
please click here.
Measuring outcomes of programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and communities

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA), Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
1.30pm - 2.30pm AEDT on Wednesday 15 March 2017
Presenters: Sharon Barnes and Kylie Brosnan
Cost: Free

This webinar will discuss ways to measure the outcomes of programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

Drawing on past evaluations, practice wisdom and lessons learnt in the field, this webinar will encourage professionals who are thinking about evaluating the outcomes of a program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families or communities to consider evidence in a different light.

Register directly via 
this link.


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


THERAPLAY® with Theraplay Institute
Compass Seminars
178 Springwood Road, Springwood QLD
Wednesday 1 March, 2017
Cost: $245
Theraplay® is an evidenced-based, attachment-focused intervention utilising non-symbolic, interactional play to re-create experiences of secure attachment formation between parent and child. Therapist-guided short-term, dyadic therapy focuses on improving the child’s behavioural and emotional challenges through the parent-child relationship.

Wellbeing Australia Inaugural Conference - Strengths, Circles and Social and Emotional Learning
Wellbeing Australia
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
Friday 3 March - Saturday 4 March, 2017
Cost: $450

This conference will be valuable for anyone concerned with young people’s wellbeing in ‘learning to be’ and ‘learning to live together’.

1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching - Manage difficult behaviour in children
Parentshop Pty Ltd
220 Leicester Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Friday 3 March, 2017
Cost: $389

1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching is a program for family services professionals who work with families and/or children aged between 2 and 12 years.

If you would like to add your event or training to the FRSA Events & Training board, please get in touch.
Please click here to view the FRSA Events & Training Calendar.
Marymead Child & Family Centre celebrate 50 years!

FRSA Member, Marymead Child & Family Centre celebrates 50 years of providing family support and therapeutic services to children, young people and their families within Canberra and surrounding regions.

Marymead will be holding various events to celebrate their 50 years with the community. To find out more on these events, please click here.
Relationships Australia is the home of Australia's annual celebration of community - Neighbour Day. Neighbour day will take place on Sunday 26th March. 

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. For more information,
please click here.

Don't forget to register your events via the
FRSA Events and Training Calendar!
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