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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

QATSICPP presents to you our QATSICPP Members Conference 2018 Post Conference Report.

As you would be aware, QATSICPP hosted its Members’ Conference at the Pullman International Hotel, Cairns from 6-8 March 2018. The conference, with much success, sought to showcase the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector (Sector), based on previous feedback from the QATSICPP Members’ Conference in September 2016.

Based on feedback from the QATSICPP Members’ Conference in September 2016, the 2018 QATSICPP Members’ Conference showcased the Sector’s capacity in demonstrating practice excellence and good governance from a service point-of-view. Additionally, QATSICPP provided a platform for external providers to present on topics that are pivotal in the policy reform agenda stemming from the Carmody Report of 2014. The external presentations were conducted by Professor Roianne West (Post Graduate Certificate) and Professor Clare Tilbury (Centre of Excellence). Further to this, the QATSICPP Aboriginal Kinship Position Paper, QATSICPP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Definition and Standards were [both] launched on Wednesday 7 March 2018, with the inclusion of the QLD Family Matters update provided.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Best Practice Implementation Guide:

This resource provides a description of the definition of the five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP).

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To read more go to: http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/ATSICPP_book.pdf


Position Statement for Aboriginal Kinship Care:

The purpose of this position statement is to restate the importance of Aboriginal children and young people being raised by family in community and set out the changes needed in legislation, policy, programs, processes and practice to realise a new approach to Aboriginal Kinship Care in Queensland.

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To read more go to: http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/CPP-POSITION-STATEMENT-KINSHIP-BK.pdf


Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Definition and Standards:
Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection definition and standards seek:

  • to achieve consistency within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection sector;
  • provide a framework to support children, families, communities and organisations to ensure their children are safe in culture and not in care;
  • preserve the intent of community control as a concept and core mechanism for self-determination; and
  • provide a clear, standardised definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control and community controlled services, operating in a contemporary child and family wellbeing context.

 

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To read more, go to: http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/57518-CPP-COMMUNITY-CONTROL-BK-spreads.pdf


QATSICPP Practice Standards:

Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection practice standards seek to achieve:

  • Better outcomes for children and families
  • A strong, sustainable and capable sector able to deliver these outcomes.

The Practice Standards honour the enduring cultures and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, drawing on knowledge systems of growing up children and their connections to family, community, country and culture. The standards apply to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family services that provide child protection services.

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For more information, contact Sidney Williams at QATSICPP at sidneywilliams@qatsicpp.com.au

To read more, go to: http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/QATSICPP_Practice_Standards.pdf


QATSICPP Practice Guide:

The Practice Guide is a practical resource that all practitioners working across the Child Protection continuum in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations can use for both practice and reflection. The Practice Guide is guided by the QATSICPP Practice Standards and the Aboriginal Child Placement Principles.

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To read more, go to: http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/QATSICPP_Practice_Guide_8.9.16.pdf


QATSICPP Practice Guide Assessment Toolkit:

The QATSICPP Assessment Toolkit is referenced and is to be used in conjunction with the QATSICPP Practice Guide.
The purpose of the Toolkit is to be a practical resource that is effective in ensuring the needs of families and children are responded to and they become strengthened as a result of being involved in the assessment process from beginning to end. The Toolkit is designed for use in daily practice as well as a source for critical reflection.

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To read more, go to:
http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/CPP_APPENDIX_FORMS_-_Assessment_Toolkit_8.9.16.pdf


QATSICPP Supervision Framework and Appendix:

The purpose of the Supervision Framework guide is to provide a framework, accompanied by practice resources, for delivery of culturally-grounded, professional supervision within child protection services. Implementation of this supervision framework aims to resource the needs and aspirations of:

  • Frontline staff in working with children, families and communities
  • Managers in developing excellence in frontline staff through support and leadership
  • Organisations in ensuring continuous improvement of service delivery and accountability to children, families, communities and funding bodies.

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For more information about the Supervision Framework, please go to: http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/612_QATSICPP_Supervision_Framework.HR2.ƒ_.pdf

The Appendix to the Supervision Framework provides templates for the Supervision Agreement and Supervision Record.

For more information about the Supervision Framework Appendix go to: http://www.qatsicpp.com.au/images/Supervision_Framework_Appendix_Booklet.pdf

 

Launch of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Definition and Standards

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Definition and Standards (Definition and Standards) were developed with the input of the Sector. The first stage consisted of Knowledge Circles with Member Organisations, which included unpacking the current definition and further describing new standards to ensure the Sector was recognised and acknowledged as Community Controlled.

In designing and developing the definition and standards, QATSICPP staff received assistance from the former QATSICPP Chairperson, Jason Field and grouped all feedback into five (5) main categories, Good Governance, Membership, Practice, Cultural Safety and Partnerships. These five categories came with distinct standards that were underpinned by Leadership and Community Engagement, which was important based on Sector feedback. The QATSICPP Members’ Conference 2018 in Cairns, the definition and standards were launched.

The definition and standards seek:

  • To achieve consistency within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector;
  • Provide a framework to support children, families, communities and organisations to ensure their children are safe in culture and not in care;
  • Preserve the intent of community control as a concept and core mechanism for self-determination; and
  • Provide a clear, standardised definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control and community controlled services, operating in a contemporary child and family wellbeing context.

The definition and standards go further in ensuring children, families and communities (which we are all part of) are recognised rather than community control being identified as a brand. As noted in several Knowledge Circles, community control is not a brand, it’s a lifestyle.

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Research:

$12M project to catalyse social change on a national scale. Centre for Social Impact: More

Supervision of teenage behaviour. Generation Next: More

Website connects suicide prevention services, programs to each other and the community. Life in Mind: More

Research shows exercise helps protect against depression regardless of demographic. ALM: More

Peer to Peer project connects parents, carers with trained volunteers who have experience of NDIS: More

In Conversation with Professor Pat Dodson. Reconciliation Australia: More

The Impact of Poverty - interview with Steve Zubrick. CoLab: More

Monthly update on activities of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia. FECCA: More

Funding Opportunities:

Applications close 11 May for the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship. NMHC: More

Applications open for PhD Scholarship in Management – ‘Work of Social Care’. RMIT: More

2018 Community Grants to protect or enhance the lives of people, animals or the planet. AE: More

QLD: Funding for NFP orgs to provide services & leisure activities for communities. QLD Govt: More

VIC: CBP Program aims to build knowledge & skills of multicultural communities.VMC: More

Indigenous Languages and Arts program. Applications close 14 May. Australian Government: More

Applications open for a Fund Administrator with expertise in the Aust. social impact investing market. DSS: More

Funding individuals to make a positive impact. AMP Tomorrow Fund grant: More

Submissions/Consultations:

Consultation, 4th Action Plan, National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women & their Children. AWAVA: More

Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia by 11 May. aph.gov.au: More

Consultation on Integrated Carer Support Service: Regional Delivery Model closes 11 May. DSS: More

Inquiry into Local Adoption, submissions close 15 May. APH: More

National Children's Commissioner invites your input on child rights in Australia by 23 May. AHRC: More

LSAC seeks input: young people’s social, economic, cultural environments re wellbeing. AIFS: More

QLD Mental Health Commission’s survey to explore stakeholder views closes 1 Jun. QMHC: More

Resources:

Get your free copy of the NAIDOC poster. More

Ideas for driving reconciliation in schools and early learning services. Narragunnawali: More

A guide to understanding the words & abbreviations on child welfare records. Find&Connect: More

Video: Teaching kids gratitude. Child Trends: More

Video: Australian Media Law and Policy: In Search of an Evidence-based Approach. GenNext: More

Online learning for rural doctors on family and domestic violence. ACRRM: More

Domestic violence safety assessment tool. NSW Government: More

Publications:

Christa Maciver, C. (2018). Lifting the lid on hidden homelessness: a new analysis. Justlife Foundation.

Cocks, Jessica. (2018). Family Inclusion Initiatives in Child Welfare, Churchill Fellowship Report.

Lovell, N. and Bibby, J. (2018). What makes us healthy?An introduction to the social determinants of health. The Health Foundation.

Webster, A., Anderson, R., & Barr, M. (2017). Growing up unequal: How sex and gender impact young women’s health and wellbeing. (Women’s health issues paper No. 12). Melbourne: Women’s Health Victoria.

World Bank Group. (2018). Women, Business and the Law 2018. Washington, DC: World Bank. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO.

Conferences, Events and Training:

View full conference listingshere
View training & other events here

On the 7th of March 2018, QATSICPP launched their Position Statement for Aboriginal Kinship Care at the 2018 Members Conference.

The purpose of the Position Statement is to restate the importance of Aboriginal children and young people being raised by family in community and to set out the changes needed in legislation, policy, programs, processes and practice to realise a new approach to Aboriginal Kinship Care in Queensland.

It is important to note that the customary child rearing practices of Torres Strait Islander children and young people are not discussed as neither of the authors identified as Torres Strait Islander.

The paper draws upon the format of Understanding and Applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A resource for legislation, policy and program development (SNAICC, 2017) which provides the definition and the aims of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

Stability for Aboriginal children and families exists in relationships and connections to community, culture and country and therefore the position statement highlights the importance of family being involved in decision making; having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations involved in the mapping, identification and support to kin carers and the need for enabling legislation and policy frameworks to ensure that this occurs.

Core to this paper is the importance of Self-determination and the implementation of all five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

The response to date has been extremely positive with jurisdictions from across Australia seeking assistance in developing a similar position statement.

A thank-you to Tracey Smith form Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work for her assistance in developing this Position Statement.

If you would like to view the QATSICPP Aboriginal Kinship Care Position Statement, this can be located on our QATSICPP Website HERE

  • Child Protection Environment

    53.7%

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

    69,200

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