FRSA eBulletin - Thursday 1 February 2018
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As I look to 2018, I feel we will be faced with the perennial challenge of meeting the needs of children, families and communities here and now whilst continuing to make the case for funding support so we can take a greater prevention and early intervention approach to our service delivery.

Meeting the needs of families in the here and now is challenging. It is demanding work and services are in demand. Services are underfunded.

That need will always exist and funding to support families here and now needs to continue. In addition to this however we have the growing evidence here in Australia and internationally that investment in prevention and early intervention achieves two longer term benefits: 1) improving an individual’s/family’s and/or community’s life circumstances (which should the number 1 reason we are doing something); and 2) reducing reliance on government funding/government funded services. Earlier in life is the obvious starting point. However, there is also increasing evidence to show that intervening early across the lifecourse delivers both these benefits.

Building on FRSA’s efforts last year, it is our intention to pursue the Recommendations of the
FRSA Report further. We need a ‘starting point’ and we will be asking our members to participate in a survey so that we can have a crystal clear picture of the range of risk assessment intake and assessment tools in use. It is our intention to have that out in the network in the next week or two.

We received confirmation at the FRSA Conference last year that
Attorney-General Department funded family law services will have funding certainty through until mid-2022. Late in 2017 and early 2018, we also received advice that a number of programs will have their funding rolled over through until mid-2020. Announcements made at the time of MYEFO extended funding to the 71 Children and Parenting Support Services (CaPS) additional service providers for a further two years from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. This extension of funding aligns these 71 CaPS additional services with 72 other CaPS providers already funded to 2020. Existing providers of the Specialised Family Violence Services Program and Kids in Focus Program have also been advised their current funding will be extended through until mid-2020. These funding extensions are great news.

However, we know that the Department will be reviewing the Family and Relationship Services Program (which has begun) and the Communities for Children Program. 
These are among a number of programs currently being reviewed by DSS.  

This is certainly a key focus of our work in the early part of this year. There is of course the
review of Family Law in Australia – through the Australian Law Reform Commission – and we are looking forward to giving input into the first step in that process with the release of the Issues Paper in March this year.

The FRSA network has responded well to the increasing demand for outcomes measurement with its strong emphasis on building the evidence base and data. This continues to be a work in progress. 

With the range of reviews ahead of us, the sector will be under scrutiny. However, working with our membership, I believe FRSA is well and truly up for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

In this issue you will find:

Kind regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Executive Director

Berry Street
Berry Street recently farewelled CEO, Sandie de Wolf after 26 years of service. Mr Michael Perusco has been appointed Berry Street's new CEO and will commence 5 February 2018. 

Centacare Brisbane
Di Swan has been appointed Director of Centacare Family and Relationship Services. Her elevation to this position follows the retirement of Mrs Christine Hodge.

Centacare CQ
Centacare CQ has welcomed Deputy Director, Robert Sims into his new appointment as Director, replacing previous Director, Ricki Jeffery who announced her retirement at the end of 2017. 

White Ribbon
White Ribbon CEO, Libby Davies announced plans to retire from her role in early July 2018. The White Ribbon will be undertaking a public search for its new CEO through an Australian-based recruitment agency.

If you know of any sector movements,
please get in touch here.
A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs published its Report, Inquiry into a better family law system on 7 December 2017.

The Inquiry process which began in May 2017 held a number of Public Hearings, an anonymous online questionnaire and received 125 submissions running through to October 2017.
FRSA as well as a number of FRSA member organisations were among those that made submissions to address the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference (please see FRSA’s submission
The Report from the Inquiry makes 33 recommendations into how the family law system can be improved to better support and protect victims of family violence, many of which draw on and strengthen the call for recommendations made in other reports such as the Family Law Council reports on
Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems.
The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services (RoGS) released

The Productivity Commission has begun releasing its 23rd Annual Report on Government Services (RoGS). It is major exercise, with separate chapters released in seven parts over the last week on all areas of government service delivery.

This report covers 17 areas of government services. The release schedule:

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018

To learn more, click here.

The Institute of Child Protection Studies has released a new Research to Practice Issue: Issue #19 – Opportunities for Prevention: Improving access to information, education and support about child sexual abuse. This issue explores the opportunities for preventing child sexual abuse through improving access to information, education and support; the relevant target groups; and implications for policy and practice.  
It is based on a study conducted by ICPS for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which examined the service needs and help-seeking behaviours of professionals, parents, community members and individuals in relation to concerns about child sexual abuse, as well as the functions and effectiveness of existing services.

This issue is available to download for free here.

A new practice guide, released by
beyondblue, seeks to provide teachers, families and other professionals with everyday strategies to build resilience in young people and teach them to think positively.

The strategies are based on a 12-month research project led by the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). The project reviewed academic research and generated expert consensus on resilience concepts. This research was complemented by consultations with parents, children and practitioners from around the country.

The guide – 
Building Resilience in Children aged 0-12 – draws on new research and how it can be applied in schools, early childhood settings and at home with families.

The Children’s Resilience Research Project (CRRP), which formed the basis for this guide, aimed to bring consensus and clarity to the concept of resilience and how resilience can be used to support children.

Click here to learn more

National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health

The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health is led by Emerging Minds and delivered in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian National University (ANU), the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

The Centre is your gateway to a range of free, evidence-based resources, information, and innovative online training designed to support clinical and non-clinical professionals who work with children, with adults who are parents/carers, and/or with families to support infant and child mental health.

Click here to visit the website.

Water safety and child drowning prevention resource

The ‘Kids Can Drown Without a Sound’ campaign from Kids Health at The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network aims to raise water safety awareness and encourage families to take appropriate precautions when children are in or near water. The campaign has released a number of new resources.

‘Kids Can Drown Without a Sound’ is a statewide water safety and drowning prevention campaign with a focus on portable pools from Kids Health. The campaign aims to encourage families to take appropriate precautions when children are in or around water.

The ‘Kids Can Drown without a Sound!’
resources are available for download in 17 different languages from the Kids Health website. Printed copies can be ordered free of charge.
Movement guidelines for babies and young children

The Department of Health has released new movement guidelines to help parents and carers create healthy daily practices for babies and young children. The Guidelines outline what a typical day for a baby, toddler or pre-schooler would look like, including advice on screen time, active play, time spent sitting and lying down, and the ideal amount of sleep.

They aim to provide parents with useful information to consider in developing routines for their kids.

Following the Guidelines is associated with better growth, stronger muscles and bones, better learning and thinking, better mental, emotional and social well-being, better motor skills, healthier weight, as well as reduced injuries.

Click here to read the movement guidelines for babies and young children

Continual Change Groupwork (Book) written by FRSA Member, Andrew King

This book provides a fresh and enlivening appreciation of the importance and mastery of groupwork. Groups structure our social world, whether they are families, teams, communities, workplaces or on social media. Due to their underlying structures, groups are continually changing and evolving. To help group leaders keep pace, Continual Change Groupwork provides the knowledge and skills those working in the community services, health and counselling fields require to deepen their facilitation expertise and maximise the potential for change in group members’ lives.

To purchase a copy,
please click here
Click here to access the FRSA 2017 Conference Presentations

ANROWS National Risk Assessment Principles survey

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) is calling out to workers, researchers and policy-makers in the sector to providing your views on the draft National Risk Assessment Principles by completing a 15 minute survey. 

The National Risk Assessment Principles aim to provide an overarching national understanding of risk and managing risk in the area of family and domestic violence. The principles do not replace existing state and territory frameworks or tools that are currently being used in practice. Instead, they will provide a guide for jurisdictions in developing, revising or evaluating their risk assessment frameworks, tools and resources.

The National Risk Assessment Principles (NRAP) project is based on a consultation methodology and comprises: a literature review; policy analysis of existing approaches to risk and safety in responding to family and domestic violence; and a key stakeholder engagement/consultation process.

This survey forms the second stage of the stakeholder engagement process. If you are worker, researcher and/or policy-maker working the sector and are interested in providing feedback,
please click here

The survey will close Thursday 1 February 2018

For any further information, please contact Cherie Toivonen, Senior Research Officer, on (02) 8374 4040 or
FRSA Events & Training Calendar Highlights

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

Engaging Adolescents - Behaviour Tonics
8.15am - 5.00pm Monday 5 February 2017
352D Cambridge St, Wembley WA 6014 
Wembley, WA 6014 Australia 
Cost: $429
A comprehensive one-day training course that equips you with the knowledge to teach parents and carers skills to resolve their teenager’s behaviour problems.

Young People and Group Work - Groupwork Solutions
9.30am - 4.30pm Tuesday 13 February - Wednesday 14 February 2018
Camperdown, NSW (Address provided after enrollment)
Cost: $594
Young people are super-physical, super-influenced by their emotions, and respond super-impulsively to what’s going on around them. So with all this in mind this workshop will take you through a process that looks at how to harness all this for the good of a group. We will look at the skills, ways of thinking and practical strategies needed to run/facilitate groups with teenagers who at times can be challenging and difficult. We will look at the pivotal idea of Engagement and how to maintain that engagement over time. 

Visit the
FRSA Events & Training Calendar for more
FRSA Jobs Board

FRSA Jobs Board offers a space for you to advertise job positions across the sector. Advertise your vacancy here

Northern Territory

Project Coordinator - Healing our Children Program
Relationships Australia NT

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
Relationships Australia NT


Senior Aboriginal Community Engagement and Wellness Officer
Relationships Australia NSW

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