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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children



 Participants from the June, May & August 2018 Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Frameworks Training  

Training 1
Participants from Northern Peninsula Area Family and Community Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation 

Training 2
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.  


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: you can call him on mobile: 0477701257 to discuss further this network.  


Insight Alcohol & other Drug Training & Workforce Development Queensland 

Mental Health Professional Network

Emerging Minds

True (Family Planning Queensland)

Winangali Marumali  

Training 3

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.

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.

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:

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: 

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. 

Travel costs will be covered to attend training for a limited number of participants per location.

If you have questions or suggestions to make regarding this training, SNAICC would love to hear from you. Contact Eva at

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.  

  5. Family: This award is to recognise families who are doing an amazing job of caring for and protecting their children.

To purchase tickets for the event HERE

RSVP by COB 24 August 2018.

As we move forward with embedding and implementing QATSICPP Practice Standards and supervision framework. QATSICPP encourages those that have participated in the practice standards workshops and supervision framework training to being a process of reflection, individually or in your teams (using the thought bubbles/ take home messages that you jotted down at the end of each module), about your experiences with embedding or applying the practice standards and supervision framework in your work/ practice.

The following survey, QATSICPP Practice Standards, Supervision Framework & Me, may assist you with these reflections and discussions. By completing this survey, you will provide us with valuable information about your experiences and ways we can better support the sector with embedding and applying the practice standards and supervision framework in practice.

The survey will take about 10minutes to complete:


Snap Shot of Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Framework training

Number of participants = 300

  • 236 participants completed standard 1 (Module 1); Engaging the Child and Family
  • 236 completed standard 2, (module 2); Identifying the storyline
  • 230 completed standard 3, (module 3); Changing the storyline
  • 220 completed standard 4 (module 4); Establishing a new storyline and
  • 215 completing the supervision framework training.

Number of participating services = 23 (21 FWBS, 1 Recognised Entity, 1 mainstream NGO)

Number of workers by profession (not all participants reported their position title)

  • Support worker = 96
  • Case worker = 33
  • Coordinators = 25
  • Team Leaders = 13
  • Managers = 17
  • Practitioners = 20
  • Executive = 5

Participants testimonies

  • “No, I found the delivery to be culturally appropriate which is great. Having facilitators with knowledge of your work is an advantage”.
  • “Keep doing what your doing”
  • “Appreciate that you are delivering through yarning real stories”
  • “we’ve done a lot around this, we need to be challenged more”
  • “thank you for the new knowledge learnt. The content was informative”
  • “more time to role play workers, supervisors”
  • “follow up sessions so it sinks in”
  • “have community members tell their story as part of the workshops/ training”
  • “diagrams be more detailed, as I found it difficult to understand – concept map”
  • “maybe use or ask staff to use examples of their practice in engaging families”


Participants from the Gidgee Healing Family Wellbeing Services – May 2018


Participants from the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service and Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health, Family Wellbeing Service – April 2018 


Workshop Training Opportunities

Galang Education & Training

Gallang Education and Training (RTO#40564) are conducting training for community & health workers in the CHC43315 Cert IV in Mental Health (Government funded). This course is delivered over 12 months, 6 one week blocks, every 2 months.

They also offer the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling training delivered over 14 months with 8 face to face blocks.

Your workers/employees may be interested in Upskilling instead of doing a full qualification. Gallang now offer the Healing Accredited Short course that runs for 4 Blocks covering 5 Units of Competencies.

Galang Education and Training delivers courses Queensland wide. Their qualifications are Nationally recognised, gaining pathways to higher qualifications. All the Units of Competencies are accredited and you may be entitled to a straight Credit Transfers in other qualifications if you pursue further studies.

Please contact our training team on (07) 3899-5041 for further information.

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children

SNAICC also offer education and training workshops for the sector. Some are:

  • Stronger Safer Together
  • Through Young Black Eyes
  • Safe for community
  • Safe for kids
  • Safe for Women
  • Safe and Healhty Men
  • Working and Walking Together
  • Opening Doors to genuine partnerships
  • Recognising and responding to Trauma
  • Tracks to Healing

Please contact SNAICC on phone: 03 9489 8099 or visit their website:

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.

National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health
Trauma and the child

This course explores a trauma-informed approach to understanding the prevalence of trauma, and its impacts on the child and families. It briefly explores the implications of this approach to caring for, or working with, young people. It does not explore trauma- specific therapies. 

It is estimated that the course will take you three – four hours to complete (including watching videos and completing assessments). However, you can complete the course in several sessions at your own pace. The last page you visit will be bookmarked so that you can jump straight back to where you left off – whenever it suits you, 24/7.

To participate in any of their elearning courses, please click on the following link and register.

Insight Webinars – Alcohol and other drug training and workforce development

May 30 - The Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court
This seminar will provide insight into the model for the re-instated program, an also explore the reasons and principles regarding what makes diversionary courts an effective intervention and resource.

June 6 – Working with people with personality disorders
This presentation will focus upon the challenges of working with clients with personality disorders, offering practical strategies for engagement, management and treatment.

To participate in any of Insights workshops and webinars, please visit their website to register.

Health Infonet:

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:

Dear SNAICC members and supporters,

SNAICC is delighted to announce the theme for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day for 2018 is SNAICC – Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years.

Our children are the youngest people from the longest living culture in the world, with rich traditions, lore and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation. Our children are growing up strong with connection to family, community and country. Our children are the centre of our families and the heart of our communities. They are our future and the carriers of our story.

This year, we invite communities to take a walk down memory lane, as we revisit some of the highlights of the last 30 years. We look back on the empowering protest movements instigated by community that had led to the establishment of the first Children’s Day on 4 August 1988. We look back at all of the amazing moments we’ve shared with our children over the years, and how we’re watching them grow into leaders. We look back to see what we’ve achieved and decide where we want to go from here to create a better future for our children. If you have celebrated Children’s Day at any time during the past 30 years, we would love to hear from you.

Please keep an eye out for the latest Children’s Day news on our website. There you can download your Celebration Kit 2018, order your FREE Children’s Day poster, buy your Children’s Day 2018 resource bags and register your event

Maylene Slater-Burns
Children's Day Coordinator

  • Child Protection Environment


    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak


    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.