Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
CREATE Foundation - First Nation Voices and the Speak Up Program
CREATE Foundation recently travelled across Queensland to speak with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people (with a care experience) to hear about their experiences of feeling connected to culture whilst in care.
We spoke to young people aged 12-25 as part of a project called ‘First Nation Voices’. After this, CREATE then invited young people who participated in the consultations to come to Brisbane in April to take part in our advocacy and Leadership training ‘Speak Up.’ CREATE had the privilege of partnering with QATSICPP for ‘Speak Up’ where young people explored culture, advocacy, leadership, art, yarning together and explored building a better life for children and young people in care.
These deadly young people also took part in a workshop with Actor/ Comedian Steven Oliver. It was a day of sharing, art and collaborating to come up with a declaration for Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander Young people in care and their experiences. We are excited to see the future opportunities for the young people that took part in this. Already two young people from the workshop have spoken at Departmental Meetings, sharing parts of their stories and how culture was a crucial part of the journey.
Delivering better outcomes: Training Opportunities
Last year was a big year for team QATSICPP and member organisations with the delivery of quality education and training focusing on QATSICPP Practice Standards and Supervision Framework.
In total, 252 participants attended from 13 family wellbeing services, 1 Recognised Entity and 1 mainstream NGO. Of the 252 participants:
- 230 participants completed standard 1 (Module 1); Engaging the Child and Family
- 230 completed standard 2, (module 2); Identifying the storyline
- 224 completed standard 3, (module 3); Changing the storyline
- 214 completed standard 4 (module 4); Establishing a new storyline and
- 207 completing the supervision framework training.
The delivery of the standards and framework training has been well received by those who participated. We conducted a pre-and post-evaluation, prior to the start of each module and after each module with participants reporting a shift from fairly low to fairly high in their knowledge, understanding and confidence in applying the standards and framework in practice. Overall, participants rated the content and delivery of the standards workshop and supervision training between fairly high to very high.
As we continue to refine and improve on the content and delivery of the standards and framework, we value the feedback and ideas provided by those that participated and endeavour to incorporate these into future workshops and training.
As 2018 rolls on, we will see the continuation of the Practice Standards workshops and supervision framework training for family wellbeing sites in Brisbane (Brisbane ATSICHS, Kurbingui, Murri School) and across the Cape and the Torres Strait. This will include 'catch-up' workshops and training for those that couldn't attend the practice standards modules and/ or supervision framework training, as well as opportunities for targeted training and education for the sector.
Practice Standards and Supervision Framework Testimonies provided by participants:
"the standards set out how we pretty much work anyways. It's good to see it has been captured and is how a learning tool for the new and younger generations that step in our shoes, roles"
"solid summary of learning and linking ideas and examples back to standards"
"enjoyed the group work and the sharing of ideas"
"enjoyed the use of different activities to cover the content"
"All the activities were great and although some content was genetic it was inspiring to see how this model of supervision fits so well with the practice standards. We can only aspire to achieve this degree of integration with our mainstream practice and processes"
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Trauma Informed Short Course
The Healing Foundation in partnership Gallang Place Education and Training (https://www.gallang.qld.edu.au) will be offering a trauma informed short course this year.
The short course comprises 5 unit of competencies:
- develop a healing framework for SEWB;
- promote Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural safety;
- recognise and respond to crisis situations;
- work effectively in trauma informed care; and
- work within a narrative approach.
For more information contact Gallang Place Education and Training on 07 3899 5041.
Services are encouraged to share and post on QATSICPP Facebook page any training opportunities or scholarships or to forward onto members of the QATSICPP team for distribution and/or promotion.
For further information on Practice Standards workshop and/ or supervision framework training and/ or further professional development, please contact Sidney Williams, 0477 701 257 or email: email@example.com.
Standard 1: what was the most important thing you learnt from this module about engaging children, families and communities?
Standard 2: What was the most important thing you learnt from this module about identifying the storyline?
Standard 3: What was the most important thing you learnt from this module about changing the storyline?
Standard 4: What was the most important thing you learnt from this module about establishing the storyline?
Supervision Framework: What was the most important thing you learnt from this training?
Participants from the Nhulundu Family Wellbeing Service, December 2017
"Keeping It Real: Empowering Aboriginal Children, Families and Communities" AbSec Conference, Coffs Harbour 2017
The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) hosted their biennial conference from the 22nd to the 24th of November 2017 at beautiful Coffs Harbour.
The first day of the conference focussed on the Sector. Sidney Williams, Training and Education Coordinator, kicked off the QATSICPP team presentations by speaking about the evaluation findings from the rollout of the QATSICPP Practice Standards workshop and Supervision Framework training. He did this through using snippets from both training modules. Delegates were engaged throughout Sidney's presentation.
After lunch, I had the opportunity to speak to the delegates about how I have put the Practice Standards into practice in my own role as Senior Practice Leader at QATSICPP. I highlighted the work to date of the Community of Practice and the awesome opportunity I have had delivering external supervision to the Practice Leads of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services throughout Queensland.
The second and third day focussed on the Worker. A keynote presentation by Jocelyn Formsma and Caleb Turner, both from the Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario, started the day off by getting us all thinking. Jocelyn and Caleb helped to reinforce the importance of not forgetting that our daily work aligns with the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The Convention on the Rights of the Child and Active Efforts. My take-away was the importance of not forgetting the voice of children and young people and including them in decision making!
After morning tea, Nadia Currie, Operations Manager, provided an overview of the work that her and Lenny Dahlen, Member Engagement and Participation Coordinator, undertook to redefine Aboriginal Community Control for the Aboriginal Community Controlled Child Protection sector in Queensland. There was a lot of interest and questions in relation to the findings of this project and the impending release of the report.
On day three, Nadia and I presented about Knowledge Circles and the process that we undertake when engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland. We highlighted that the importance of this process is involving real voice and real participation otherwise we are doing an injustice to participants in these Knowledge Circles if this does not occur.
We enjoyed hearing from the other speakers and the opportunity to network with the Child Protection sector in New South Wales.
We would like to thank Tim Ireland and the team at AbSec for allowing us the opportunity to both present and participate in the conference.
By Candice Butler, Senior Practice Leader
Australian Early Development Census National Conference
Call for abstracts opens 1 November 2017. More
15th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference
What Matters Most to Families in the 21st Century?
Call for abstracts now open. More
2018 Early Childhood Conference
Be the Difference for Children and Families
Call for abstracts now open. More
Doing School DifferentlyYouth+ and Berry Street Childhood Institute
Call for abstracts now open. More
Adelaide: 6-8 November 2017
Government of South Australia: More
6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation
Brisbane: 14-15 November
NHMRC & Lowitja Institute: More
National Missing Persons Conference
Sydney: 15-16 November. More
Connections for Life: National Permanency Conference
Sydney: 16-17 November
Adopt Change. More
FRSA National Conference 2017Connecting the Dots: Creating wellbeing for all
Early bird registration closing 30 September
Melbourne: 22-24 November. More
The Infant, the State, Ethics and the Law
Australian Association for Infant Mental Health National Conference
Melbourne: 23-26 November. More
Women in Leadership Summit 2017
Sydney. 24-27 October: More
STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Melbourne: 4-6 December. More
Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast: 28-30 May 2018. More
25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development
Gold Coast, QLD: 15-19 July 2018.
Abstract submissions close 30 September 2017
ISPCAN XXII International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect
Prague, Czech Republic. 2-5 September 2018
Abstract submissions open 1 December 2017: More
Kalwun Family Wellbeing Centre Official Opening
On Friday 20 of October, 2017 Kalwun marked the opening of our Family Wellbeing Centre in Coomera, with distinguished guest the Hon Shannon Fentiman; Minister of Communities, Womens and Youth, Minister of Child Safety and Minister of the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, doing the honours of officially opening the centre.
The Kalwun Family Wellbeing Centre offers a holistic approach to “family wellbeing” in a non-clinical environment. The centre connects our families with programs and supports that are relevant to their needs in a culturally safe space. We endeavour to support our families on their journey to achieve the best, most appropriate care and services enabling self-determination.
Integrated practice enables our families to attend the centre and access a variety of services which includes:
- Financial counselling
- Centrelink, housing/accommodation
- parenting programs
- health checks/advice
- cultural programs and various others.
The aim of the Kalwun Family Wellbeing Centre is to deliver timely and effective support to families to achieve improvements in safety and/or protection from harm; and improve life skills to deliver the following outcomes:
o Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families is improved;
o Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are safer;
o Efficient and effective services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities;
o Make a significant contribution to the reduction in the number of at risk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the tertiary child protection system within specific catchments.
The day overall was a huge success.
L–R: V.Summers & Hon Shannon Fentiman
L-R: Hon Shannon Fentiman & Kalwun CEO, K.Chicott
Front- Kalwun Early Learning Program Students
Continued workshops & training on QATSICPP Practice Standards and Supervision Framework
QATSICPP continues to deliver workshops and training focusing on QATSICPP’s Practice Standards and Supervision Framework to our Family Wellbeing Services across Queensland. So far over 90% of these services have completed the workshops and training, equating to approximately 200 staff members participating.
Evaluations from the Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Framework Training has been extremely positive, with a large majority of participants rating themselves between fairly-high to very-high in the areas of increased knowledge, understanding and confidence working with the standards and framework in their daily work. Similarly, participants rated the content and delivery of the standards and framework between fairly-high and very-high. The evaluations also allowed staff to provide written responses, for example:
- “loved interactive activities – as Murri’s learn by doing rather than being shown”
- “All good – maybe real life senario’s showing complexity around changing the storyline”
- “solid summary of learning and linking ideas/ examples back to standards” and
- “very interactive so was not overwhelming love the session”
QATSICPP is also excited about the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between QATSICPP and Mercy Community Services which incorporated the recent QATSICPP Practice Standards workshop and Supervision Framework training for a group of Mercy staff.
We look forward to continuing the Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Framework in 2018 and welcome enquiries from the sector about the workshops and training.
For further information on Practice Standards workshop and/ or supervision framework training, please contact Sidney Williams, 0477 701 257 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
QATSICPP would like to acknowledge Encompass and Paul Testro Consultancy in the development of Practice Standards workshop and Supervision Framework training package.
SNAICC - National Voice for our Children - Upcoming Training Programs
SNAICC Training Programs
Child Protection, Family Violence and Community Support
Stronger, Safer, Together
Intensive and Targeted Family Support
This program develops skills and understanding of intensive family support work, designed to address multiple and/or complex needs and assist families to build their capacity to care for and protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This workshop will explore good practice learning, practice and reflection for workers providing intensive family support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with multiple and complex needs.
Through Young Black Eyes (TYBE)
This well-established program builds participant’s confidence and skills, as well as community capacity for running community based workshops using the Through Young Black Eyes Workshop kit. Participants discuss and learn about issues and running programs relating to family violence, trauma, child abuse and neglect in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Safe for Community
Recognising and Responding to Family Violence
This workshop is designed as an introductory program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and non -Indigenous workers in the community sector working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by family violence. The focus includes working with the whole community, children and young people, women and men.
Participants include family violence workers, child protection, out-of-home care, social housing, early childhood, youth work and related fields. Participation in the workshop is also encouraged for non-Indigenous workers who engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people affected by family violence and trauma.
Safe for Kids
Working with Children and Young People who have Experienced Family Violence
Develop a culturally safe approach and practice framework for working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children & young people who have experienced Family Violence, abuse and neglect.
Safe for Women
Develop a culturally safe approach and practice framework for working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women and their children who have experienced Family Violence and abuse.
Safe and Healthy Men
This workshop improves the skills and knowledge required to work with and engage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander men who use violence in the home and to assist them to:
- To heal and become stronger and healthier men
- Keep their families safe from violence & abuse;
- To take responsibility and be held accountable for their use of violent and abusive behaviour;
- To work towards changing their violent behaviour
- To focus on their parenting role and value their children & young people’s well being
If you would like more information, please contact Dave Ellis: SNAICC Training Manager on 03 9489 8099.
Voice and Representation at the 7th National SNAICC Conference
From the 11th-14th of September the team from QATSICPP attended the 7th National SNAICC Conference in Canberra.
The Keynote Address on the first day by Dr Sarah Kastelic was so powerful. She introduced the concept of “Active Efforts” to the delegates. This concept is contained within the Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act, 2016 and states that active efforts should be:
• Thorough; and,
Furthermore, she spoke about having active engagement and collaboration. I believe that we have to have active co-case management if we are to have successful change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families.
We as a team have been grateful for Dr Kastelic insight into Active Efforts and we will ensure that everyone we have contact with are ensuring that their daily work involves active efforts to ensure the safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children and young people.
For the remainder of the conference, we ensured that each team member attended a different session. We were all heartened by the work that is occurring from the approach of asking community what they want to see in service delivery and the work in building the leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by giving them the opportunity to deliver services in their community.
Our CEO, Natalie Lewis, continued to advocate for the rights and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities throughout her presentations. She spoke about the importance of being accountable in our daily decisions for ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children remain connected to family, kin, community and culture.
Our Operations Manager, Nadia Currie, introduced the audience to the work that she and Lenny Dahlen, Member Engagement and Participation Coordinator, did in her presentation titled “Redefining Aboriginal Community Control and Shifting the Power back into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Families and Children”. Nadia began this presentation by sharing with the audience her own personal experience of Aboriginal Community Control. She spoke about how she and Lenny worked with the sector to develop a definition for Aboriginal Community Control in the area of Child Protection. The presentation was extremely well received.
Both Nadia and I spoke about the concept of Knowledge Circles and the importance of involving children, young people, parents, elders and the wider community in all the work that we, as QATSICPP do. We cannot truly be the Voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people if we do not first and foremost go back and engage properly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In my presentation, I wanted to highlight to the audience the importance of having a connection to the work that we do as this then helps to focus on pursuing practice and sector excellence.
Overall, the conference was an opportunity for QATSICPP to learn new ideas, to network and to continue to ensure that the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is not lost.