Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
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: email@example.com.
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.
QATSICPP Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Framework training
A new approach to supporting and enhancing better outcomes for our children and families - QATSICPP Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Framework training
In May 2017, QATSICPP commenced a series of workshops and training focusing on the QATSICPP’s Practice Standards and Supervision Framework.
The two (2) day Practice Standards workshop, is an interactive (activities) and discussion based approach to assist participants in exploring the QATSICPP Practice Standards. Each of the 4 Standards have been designed into modules. Day 1 will focus on 2 Standards, these are 1; Engaging the child and family & Standard 2: identifying the storyline, with Day 2 focusing on Standards 3: changing the storyline & Standard 4: establishing a new storyline.
On day 3, participants will be provided training in the QATSICPP supervision framework. This training focuses on core elements of cultural supervision in an interactive and informative way. The training aligns its self to the QATSICPP Practice Standards and the concept of storylines. Furthermore, it also explores the history and development of the QATSICPP supervision framework and the interrelated core elements of supervision in relation to child/ family, worker and organisation.
So far, QATSICPP has delivered a total of 8 practice standard workshops and 4 supervision framework training across 5 services, with approximately 35 staff participating. At the end of the 3 day training, participants said the following:
- “workshop/ training reminded me of the importance of planning and communicating goals clearly, so all services involved with the client are working collaboratively”
- “staying focused on families”
- “that families are dynamic and us (workers) are the vessel for change”
- “the importance of reviewing families goals”
- “giving energy to processes”.
A workshop/ training schedule has been developed with priority focusing on the newly established Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Wellbeing Service and QATSICPP member services.
For further information on Practice Standards workshop and/ or supervision framework training, please contact Sidney Williams (QATSICPP Training and Education Coordinator) on mobile 0477 701 257 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
QATSICPP would also like to acknowledge Encompass Pty Ltd and Paul Testro Consultancy in the development of the workshop and training package.
Participants from the Goolburri workshop May 2017
Participants completing activity – Goolburri workshop May 2017-07-27
Participants quotes – Goolburri workshop May 2017-07-27
Participants from IUIH workshop, July 2017
Participants from Mt Isa workshop, July 2017
August - September Upcoming Professional Development Training
Upcoming Professional Development Training dates in the QATISCPP Practice Standards and Supervision Framework
REFOCUS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
Location: Sunshine Coast
Practice Standards Workshops: 31 July & 7 August 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 4 August 2017
Marabisda Incorporated and Mudth-Niyleta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
Practice Standards Workshops: 2 & 3 August 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 4 August 2017
Palm Islander Community Company (PICC)
Location: Palm Island
Practice Standards Workshops: 16 & 17 August 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 18 August 2017
Wuchopperen Health Service
Practice Standards Workshops: 22 & 23 August 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 24 August 2017
Kalwun Development Corporation
Location: Gold Coast
Practice Standards Workshops: 28 & 29 August 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 30 August 2017
Mununjali Housing & Development Company Limited
Practice Standards Workshops: 6 & 7 September 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 8 September 2017
Practice Standards Workshops: 18 & 19 September 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 20 September 2017
Central Queensland Indigenous Development Limited
Practice Standards Workshops: 26 & 27 September 2017
Supervision Framework Training: 28 September 2017
If you would like more information, please contact Sidney Williams (QATSICPP Training and Education Coordinator) on 07 3102 4110 or via email at email@example.com
Gumbuya Family Wellbeing Open Day - Kingaroy
Name of Article Writer: Jessica Groves
Position Title: Program Coordinator
Organisation: Cherbourg Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Service (CRAICCHS)
PHOTO: L-R Front the Corroboree Dancers. L-R Back – Katrina Watson, Jess Groves, Elizabeth Rolphe, Norman Hegarty and Ronella Fewquandie.
Gumbuya Family Wellbeing Open Day - Kingaroy
After four months in the development phase, the newest program to be launched at CRAICCHS, the Gumbuya Family Wellbeing Program recently opened their doors to the public to celebrate NAIDOC week, and the official opening of the service in Kingaroy. With Gumbuya meaning ‘meeting place or, safe place to meet’, the team set the tone for a lovely day for the community to come together in Kingaroy, to welcome the space, and enjoy the local spirit. Cherbourg community radio station Usmob FM joined the day for a live broadcast from the event, Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray opened the day and welcomed the space, the Corroboree Dancers displayed local dance and song, and local artist Robin Langton offered an art workshop on the day. This event was a wonderful opportunity for the Gumbuya Family Wellbeing Program to become established in the community as a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to visit, connect and feel supported.
The biggest success on the day was how cooperative, supportive and willing families were to participate and lend a hand on the day. It felt as though the community had real ownership over the event and felt comfortable offering to help. This sense came about before the event even started. Once news of the event got out to families we started receiving offers of support, whether it be through making and bringing home made salads, stews or damper or through offers to help set up decorations on the day. Then of course the day did not go to plan, the party hire tables and chairs were arriving as our event was meant to start (rather than the much earlier time of 8am as promised), which threw the team in to chaos. But as families started arriving and noticed that the team needed help, they promptly and willingly offered to do what was needed to help the day run as smoothly as possible. It was a beautiful demonstration of reciprocity that naturally occurred, community coming together to support the program and vise versa.
The team worked tirelessly to ensure the day ran smoothly, and hope to hold another Open Day for the program at its other home base in Cherbourg soon.
We are coming together to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to heal from wounds from past government policies and practices. To connect with and empower the community to support healing and cultural connection. We endeavour to support and empower families to stay together and reconnect with self, culture, country and kin. Gumbuya hopes to promote family wellbeing and sustainable community connection to celebrate all that we have; the resiliency, strength, power, and passion of the people.
We have moved!
We have moved to our lovely new headquarters at 14 Horan Street, West End QLD 4101
Our team is proud to announce the launch of our new office in West End and are exicted for our friends and community to join us here soon. More information to come.