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QATSICPP Members' Conference 2019 “Save the Date”
Mark the week of 24-28 June 2019 in your calendars as a full week of events have been planned to focus on the strengths and successes of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector.
Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June 2019 - CAFWAA National Child Protection Conference
QATSICPP has partnered with PeakCare and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) to bring to Brisbane a national child protection conference.
Wednesday 26 June 2019 - Advocacy Masterclass with Professor Cindy Blackstock
We are very excited to announce that Professor Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will deliver an Advocacy Masterclass on Wednesday 26 June 2019. Professor Blackstock has contributed her life’s work towards advocacy and representation of First Nations children and young people in Canada and the Masterclass is designed to strengthen the voice of our Sector and further encourage representation and strong advocacy under the changing legislative and policy reform.
Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June 2019 - QATSICPP Members' Conference
The 2019 QATSICPP Members’ Conference will be held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June and will showcase our Sectors’ (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Wellbeing Services, Family Participation Program Services and Foster and Kinship Care Services) capacity and commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families, with a strong focus on QATSICPP’s four (4) Strategic Priorities:
- Sector and Practice Excellence;
- Partnerships and Accountability;
- Voice and Representation; and
- Cultural Leadership and Maintaining Independence with a strong focus on Advocacy.
A ‘Call for Presentations’ will be released in the near future with a focus on sharing best practice across our Sector to allow practitioners to enhance their own practice and service and system responses by learning from each other.
7pm Friday 28 June 2019 - QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner
To round off the week, the QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner will be held on 28 June 2019 in celebration of the successes and achievements of QATSICPP and the Sector over the past 10 years. The celebrations will acknowledge key people who were integral in establishing QATSICPP and building strong foundations for the Sector.
Intended delegates for all events include the following:
- QATSICPP Members’ staff (inclusive of management, and frontline workers);
- Key Stakeholders working within the Child Protection Sector in Queensland; and
- Key Stakeholders working within the Child Protection Sector in other jurisdictions.
Please note - Registrations will be available in March 2019.
If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact:
Delivery of QATSICPP Supervision Framework to Central Queensland, Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, Senior Team leaders & Senior Practice Leaders Forums
QATSICPP’s Senior Practice Leader and Training & Education Coordinator were invited to the Central Queensland’s, Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, Senior Team Leaders (STL) & Senior Practice Leaders (SPL) forums to deliver on QATSICPP’s Supervision Framework. The first training was held in Hervey Bay with thirty-four (34) STL’s attending on 7 November 2018. The second forum will be delivered to eight (8) SPL’s later in November, in Rockhampton.
The session on the 7 November with the STL’s provided a space throughout the training to with discussions centred on application of the framework in practice post training. Activities allowed the STLs to explore the framework concepts, unpack the supervision storyline, role-play with group discussions using focus questions: for example, what might be some of the challenges in implementing a cultural supervision framework in your Child Safety Service Centre at an individual, team, program, service level and how they might work towards addressing these challenges.
Overall feedback was positive and well received. QATSICPP’s Senior Practice Leader and Training Education Coordinator encouraged the region to provide feedback both on the successes and challenges in implementing the Supervision Framework.
Practice Standards workshops and Supervision Frameworks Training & other Professional Development Opportunities
QATSICPP delivered training for Kurbingui Youth Development Ltd. Family Wellbeing staff and IUIH Moreton ATSICHS Family Wellbeing staff in the QATSICPP Practice Standards and Supervision Framework during September 2018. The training provided a space to unpack, explore and understand the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practice Standards and Supervision Framework. Feedback about the content and delivery was well received by all.
Participants from IUIH Moreton ATSICHS, Family Wellbeing Services
Participants from Kurbingui Youth Development Ltd, Family Wellbeing Services
Practice Standards Workshops and Supervision Framework Training Snapshot from May 2017 to current:
Participants = over 330
Organisations = 27 (26 QATSICPP member organisations and 1 external)
Below chart shows, of the 330, 253 reported position titles
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. For more information about workshops in your area, please visit www.suicideprograms.org.au.
Participants from the National Suicide Prevention trial, for LGBTQI front line workers and community people supported through Diverse Voices.
Other TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Insight Alcohol & other Drug Training & Workforce Development Queensland
Mental Health Professional Network
True (Family Planning Queensland)
Gallang Place Education & Training
Indigenous Commonwealth Education and Accommodation Scholarships
CARE2ACHIEVE: SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUNG WOMEN LEAVING CARE
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.