Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
Community Partnerships Day “Keynote address by Candice Butler”
On the 4th September 2018, Candice Butler, QATSICPPs Senior Practice Leader had the privilege of presenting a keynote presentation to the Sunshine Coast Community Partnerships Day. The day focussed on the National Child Protection Week theme of “Play Your Part”.
Candice took the opportunity to focus her presentation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Self-determination in Child Protection.
As part of delivering her presentation, Candice provided delegates with information on the importance of self-determination in child protection, these are as follows:
- For Participation and leadership – this is critical to improving outcomes;
- To ensure that the best interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is at the heart of the work that we do;
- To ensure that there is continuity of children’s cultural identity;
- To ensure that there is continuity of family and community relationships; and,
- To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to quality health care and that there social and emotional wellbeing is paramount.
In Queensland the following initiatives have occurred to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in child protection:
- The inclusion of the Additional Principles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children – Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) s5c(1)
- The inclusion of the five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles in the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) s5c(2)
- The process of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making
- The real opportunity that Active Efforts can have in relation to best practice in Child Protection.
Candice concluded her presentation with the following quote:
“For me at the end of the day, I’m not only accountable to QATSICPP and our member services but I’m accountable to the following people:
I’m accountable to both of my grandparents because they have left a legacy where I need to ensure that the voices of our elders are included in all areas.I’m accountable to my best friends, Cass and Michelle because mind my French they will call out my bullshit when I’m not seeking the input and advice from others; and,Last but by no means least I’m accountable to all of my extended family to make sure that I am a vehicle to showcase the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in child protection”.
Thank-you to the Sunshine Coast Regional Child Protection Week committee for allowing Candice Butler the opportunity to present at this important event.
Roll out of Family Led Decision Making Training
Family Participation Program and Family Wellbeing teams from across the state attended 5 day Family Led Decision Making training courses in Rockhampton, Brisbane, Townsville, Ipswich and Cairns in October and November 2018.
Training was coordinated by SNAICC and delivered in partnership with AbSec (NSW) Registered Training Organisation to support frontline workers to empower families, their support networks and their communities to make choices and take action that keep children safe and connected to family, community and culture.
Participants who had successfully completed training also achieved certification in “Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety (CHCDIV02)”, and “Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management (CHCCSM005)”.
Participants stated that they enjoyed the training activities because they were able to practice what will be expected of them in their new roles in a safe learning environment.
This included practicing how to explain to a family what family led decision making is, and how to re-write the script in decision making processes to promote the voice and choice of family, including children’s voices.
“The workshop covered knowledge areas necessary for me to feel more confident facilitating FLDM”, a Brisbane participant explained.
Key changes in the Child Protection Amendment Act 2017 that enable strengthening cultural authority and leadership of families and communities include the right to self-determination and applying all five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: Prevention, Participation, Partnership, Placement and Connection.
One participant explained that training “allowed safe space for conversations and to explore both the macro and micro implications of the changes”.
Mixing up teams from various organisations, as shown in the photo on the bank of the Fitzroy River, allowed the sharing of practice wisdom between participants in a collaborative learning journey.
An air of excitement was strongly felt for what the future will bring as family participation grows stronger and a shift of power occurs.
(Submitted by Eva Ruggiero, SNAICC, Nov 2018)
QATSICPP Training Update August 2018
Participants from the June, May & August 2018 Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Frameworks Training
Participants from Northern Peninsula Area Family and Community Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
Participants from Gidgee Healing & North West Area Health
Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Framework training Update
QATSICPP continues to deliver on the Practice Standards and Supervision Framework across the sector. Of the 30 Family Wellbeing Services, 22 have completed the 2 days Practice Standards workshops and 1 day Supervision Framework training with approximately 320 staff participating.
Of the 320 staff who participated, 75% reported being a Family Wellbeing Worker/Support Worker, 20% Team Leaders/Coordinators with the remainder in Management/Executive level roles.
Overall, evaluations show a positive shift in participates knowledge, understanding and confidence in using and applying the practice standards and supervision framework.
QATSICPP TRAINER & FACILITATOR NETWORK
To support ongoing professional and skills development within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection sector, QATSICPP is establishing a network of experienced trainers & facilitators. To register, please email Sidney Williams, Education & Training Coordinator for the Expression of Interest form on email: email@example.com you can call him on mobile: 0477701257 to discuss further this network.
TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Insight Alcohol & other Drug Training & Workforce Development Queensland
Mental Health Professional Network
True (Family Planning Queensland)
QATSICPP Community of Practice: 26-27 June 2018
On the 26th and 27th of June, QATSICPP hosted the Community of Practice face to face forum. There were 11 Practice Leads from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services who were in attendance as well as a number of Practice Leads who joined via teleconference.
The two days provided an opportunity for us all to network and discuss some of the challenges but most importantly the ways that our organisations have been able to overcome these challenges within their local community.
We discussed some of the upcoming changes that will be occurring with the recent amendments to the Child Protection Act and started to brainstorm ways that we can all work together to understand and incorporate these changes.
It was also an opportunity to hear from our Departmental colleagues which included:
- Kerry Fortescue from ARC
- Faylene Hill, Cultural Practice Advisor, Fortitude Valley Child Safety Service Centre
- Amanda Stapleton, Cultural Practice Advisor, and Rachelle Towie, Senior Practitioner, Maroochydore Child Safety Service Centre.
All of these presentations showcased the importance of having collaborative, working relationships between the Department and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection sector.
Dion and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who participated and we look forward to catching up with you all shortly.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE QUEENSLAND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUTH COUNCIL
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) are in the process of establishing a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Council.
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Council will provide voice and representation on matters affecting youth; and further encourage emerging leadership, mentoring and capacity building for strong, enabled and confident Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Queensland.
Youth Councils are necessary to provide a safe and secure platform for youth to speak up and provide commentary on the issues that are affecting them.
Furthermore, youth are able to determine the pace with which issues are dealt with by seeking resolutions and support from people their ages; and further allowing representative bodies (such as QATSICPP) the ability to hear youth voices, and incorporate them in to its daily functions, strategic direction and policy influencing.
The Youth Council will work towards designing and developing a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Strategic Framework. This will be used as a tool for QATSICPP, other NGOs and Governments’ to commit to Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth achieving goals that are important to them, and that are meaningful and have long-lasting impact.
We are very excited about the establishment of a Youth Council and look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming months.
For more information, please contact QATSICPP on 07 3102 4119.
New Family-led Decision Making Training coming to Queensland
From January 2016 to September 2017 the Family-led decision making trial was conducted across four Queensland communities. This was in response to recommendations in the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry’s report (Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection, 2013).
An external evaluation undertaken by research partners Winangali Pty Ltd and Ipsos Australia found the family led decision making process to be effective for:
- Promoting self-determination;
- Empowering families to make informed choices and decisions about what’s best for their children; and
- Developing the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations to lead decision making and case planning in a culturally sensitive way (Evaluation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making Trial, 2017).
SNAICC – National Voice for our children supported the trials as an implementation partner, with a focus on:
- Developing guidelines and practice resources for the trials in partnership with Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Association
- training and practice support to trial convenors from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations,
- supporting local governance groups and
- supporting collaborative practice between department and convenors at each trial site.
SNAICC's report on the trails provides 24 recommendations for the next steps in implementing family-led decision making in Queensland. The report also highlights key learnings on the themes of:
- Cultural authority and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander convenors, community members and community organisations
- Support across all decision-making points in the child protection continuum as well as early intervention
- Adequate resourcing
- Preparing families for meetings
- Collaborative practice development between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations and the Department of Child Safety
- Holistic responses and integration with other family supports
- Supporting practice excellence.
The roll out of family-led decision making is enabled by the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 that directs the department to:
- Incorporate the five elements of the child placement principle into any decisions in relation to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child/ ren and their families, and
- Engage an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander organisation or a person or a group of people, that:
- are independent of the Department of Child Safety,
- have appropriate authority to speak about and on behalf of the child or the child’s family, and
- can facilitate the process of decision-making through the family lead decision making process.
Queensland Government is in the process of procuring Family Participation Programs across the state to align with this legislative change. This will take effect as of 1 November 2018.
SNAICC is partnering with QATSICPP and AbSec’s Registered Training Organisation to develop an intensive, 5-day course on family-led decision making based on learnings from the trials.
The development of the training program content and activities will be informed by:
- QATSICPP Practice Standards, Position Statement for Aboriginal Kinship Care, and 2018 Workforce Survey Results
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle
- Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice.
Training is targeted at workers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations that support families with child safety concerns (at all stages including early intervention) and that have a role in supporting families using a family led decision making process. This includes staff of Family Wellbeing services and the new Family Participation Programs.
Participants will learn principles and best practice approaches to family-led decision-making and will develop skills in working with families and other service providers using this approach, as well as in facilitating family-led decision-making meetings.
The course will be delivered face to face in South-east Qld, Central Qld, North Qld and the Torres Strait Islands during October and November this year.
If you have questions or suggestions to make regarding this training, SNAICC would love to hear from you. Contact Eva at firstname.lastname@example.org
Invite: Inaugural Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards Night 6 September 2018
QATSICPP is holding the Inaugural Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards Night on 6 September 2018.
Where: Rydges South Bank, 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101
Arrive and Pre-dinner drinks: 6.00pm
Commencement of event: 6.30pm
There will be 5 award categories. The Award Categories are:
Direct Service Delivery Award: this award is to recognise an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated best practice in their direct service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and/or families.
Cultural Leadership: this award is to recognise an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated outstanding cultural leadership and mentoring within the workplace and/or community.
Youth Advocacy: this award is to recognise an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated best outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people through strong advocacy skills.
Innovation within the Sector: this award is to recognise an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection worker who has demonstrated innovation within the sector to achieve best outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Family: This award is to recognise families who are doing an amazing job of caring for and protecting their children.
RSVP by COB 24 August 2018.