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Individual advocacy for children and young people in out of home care. - lessons from practice is in the spotlight

At the recent PeakCare Encore Sessions, Catherine Moynihan, Official Solicitor of the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) outlined the role of the OPG and highlighted the importance of advocating for and listening to children and young people. The OPG came to be on July 1st, 2014 as a result of recommendations of the Carmody Inquiry....

Child Protection Reforms and Knowledge Circles: Understanding Real Family and Community Needs in Family Support is in the spotlight

Those in attendance at the recent PeakCare Encore Sessions were fortunate to partake in the presentation by the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak’s (QATSICPP’s) Raymond Brunker, Reform Projects Officer. Raymond outlined the Knowledge Circles established by QATSICPP to enhance the Queensland Child Protection reforms through ensuring a voice f...

Supported Independent Living Services (SILS) in the Spotlight

Supported independent living is provided to young people as a transitional process from foster, kinship or residential care in preparation for independent living. Young people live in residential premises either individually or with one or two other young people. They are supported by practitioners who visit the premises and offer transitional support. Several organisations across Queensland pro...

Working Together to Protect Children and Young People From Sexual Harm

This week, PeakCare was incredibly fortunate to be able to offer encore sessions from esteemed researchers, advocates and experts in child protection. Those who agreed to offer encore presentations had previously delivered their messages to a range of forums and were highly regarded. What was important about these presentations is that they not only offered a recap of important information, they...

Young People Making a Difference is In the Spotlight

Formed in 2012 in Central Queensland, Young People Making a Difference (MAD) is a not for profit organisation. All MAD staff, support adults and young leaders are volunteers. MAD is a program that reaches out to young people aged 12 to 18 years of age. It is based around peer support and adult mentoring. Young People Making a Difference recently won the Youth Category of...

Transition to Independence Month is In the Spotlight

Each year approximately 500 young people exit care to live independently. Focusing on young people’s journeys to independence is the aim of Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month). Held each November, it’s an initiative of G Force, a State-wide group comprising government and non-government organisations....

An innovative service response to young people in care is in the spotlight

Children and young people ‘self-placing’ has been a long stated concern with regard to their wellbeing. In the Brisbane region, an exciting and innovative response program aims to redress this issue....

A Circle of Wellbeing and Giving is In the Spotlight

Most services are intent on providing quality services to clients. Some provide holistic wellbeing. Every now and then a unique service that provides innovation to enhance client wellbeing whilst also operating a circle of giving back comes to the fore. Joining Hands is such an organisation....

Transforming Theory and Research into Practice is In the Spotlight

Internationally respected thought leader Dr Julie Tilsen is coming to Brisbane....

Queensland Says Enough!

Tackling Domestic and Family Violence is in the Spotlight...

Fatherhood is in the Spotlight

With Child Protection Week just around the corner, fatherhood is in the spotlight. Child Protection Week, which begins on Father’s day, is an apt opportunity to promote the importance of fathers as active participants and carers in their children’s lives....

Over 130 Queensland Child Protection Week Events are In the Spotlight

Each year Child Protection Week takes place from the first Sunday in September. In 2015 September 6th-12th is Child Protection Week. In Queensland a landmark number of events are being held. Approximately 100 events take place in Queensland during Child Protection Week each year. This year the number will exceed 130....

When solutions become the problem

There’s little left to be said that hasn’t already been said about the failure of the I.T. system to process reports of suspected child abuse by school principals. The public has a right to feel confident in the systems developed to manage the protection of our state’s children and in this instance, we have been let down badly....

National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN)

NAPCAN was co-founded in 1987 by Rosemary Sinclair AO and Christine Stewart OAM. In the almost three decades of its presence in Australian society NAPCAN has made a significant contributionto the safety and wellbeing of Australia's childrenand young people. NAPCAN has aimed to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect as well as the impacts which include increased risk of...

Stylin Up is in the Spotlight

This week we celebrated the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2015 on August 4th, with: ‘Little People, Big Futures’ being the key theme of this significant day in our calendar.This week we also celebrate an inspiring program incorporating a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with big futures making a difference in their c...

Timely Support for Children and their Families

"The role of practitioners in family support, child protection and out-of-home care is to find the strengths within families and the resources within their communities that support change and promote greater protectiveness for their children from all forms of harm."Australian Childhood Foundation CEO Joe Tucci and Deputy CEO Janise Mitchell....

Queensland Child Protection Week is in the spotlight

Queensland Child Protection Week is co-ordinated by a group of approximately 25 representatives from both government departments and non-government organisations across the state. The week is traditionally held from the first Sunday in September. This year Child Protection Week begins on September 6th and ends on September 12th....

An invitation for different ways of working

Differential Response is in the spotlight...

QFCC Services Directory is in the Spotlight

Most of us in the community services sector know that keeping abreast of available service options and also ensuring up-to-date contacts and resources is a significant and often burdensome requirement of all organisations needing to make appropriate and timely referrals when working with children, young people and their families. Just keeping our own contact lists up to date seems like a m...

Listening to and engaging with the VOICES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead....

Valuing the Voice of Children and Young People

Office of the Public Guardian is in the Spotlight...

Love Bites is in the Spotlight

As many are aware, May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. PeakCare began the month with our post on the Our Watch initiative that is working towards a National strategy to prevent violence against women and their children. This week we focus on a preventative program aimed at young people....

Tree of Shade

Deception Bay is in the Spotlight...

Shining a spotlight on medicating kids

Yet again, a spotlight is being shone on the practice of prescribing psychotropic medication to Queensland children, both children in care and those from the general population. ...

Take heart Australia is leading the way on Violence Prevention

The National Framework to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children is in the Spotlight...

Domestic and Family Violence is in the Spotlight

“The guarantee of safety in a battering relationship can never be based upon a promise from the perpetrator, no matter how heartfelt. Rather, it must be based upon the self-protective capability of the victim. Until the victim has developed a detailed and realistic contingency plan and has demonstrated her ability to carry it out, she remains in danger of repeated abuse.”Judith Le...

Unearthing and examining ideas, assumptions and practices

Youth Advocacy Centre is in the Spotlight

“YAC is a great organisation. The YAC workers supported me and assisted me with all my problems. They were friendly, reliable, they listened, were supportive and even came to the house to help.”...

Are we there yet

Strengths based Practice is in the Spotlight...

The Next Step

For so many years those of us in the child protection system have been asking young people at the age of 18 years to take the next step into adulthood, often totally independent and most often without a continuum of care to assist this transition to adulthood offered to most of our young people who grow up in their family homes. We are all well aware both through research and anecdotal evidence...

World Social Work Day 2015

This year's theme forWorld Social Work Dayis‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’....

Queenslands Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice

This week, the launch of the Queensland Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice is a highlight of our child protection calendar and marks a timely response to one of the key recommendations of the Carmody Inquiry. The intensive training regime, initially aimed at reaching over three thousand practitioners, is underway....

Not Now, Not Ever

Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce has released their report. They’ve undertaken a mammoth task delivered in just a few short months. ...

Open letter of appreciation to Queensland Foster and Kinship Carers, 2014

Dear Foster and Kinship CarersThank you! Sincerely and wholeheartedly, Queensland thanks you!...

Innovation based on research and practice wisdom takes time

Engaging with research to deliver exemplary services to children, young people, parents and the community takes time....

It takes a Village

In the spotlight -Key Assets on Team Parenting...

Is this our next Inquiry?

The increasing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children...

Oxford University is a Key Asset for Queensland Children and Young People

Key Assets Queenslandis a non-government agency that provides foster care placements for children and young people with high and complex needs. It’s an organisation with international links through its founding body,Core Assets. In spite of distance, Key Assets strives to hold true to the ethos upon which Core Assets and subsequently Key Assets was formed – a...

Shining the Spotlight on Early Intervention for Children and Families

In a case of ‘Pay it Forward’ yourtown has a therapeutic intervention they’d like to share across our sector to ensure children and their families benefit....

Child protection. When politics must take a back seat.

The State election is fast approaching. Campaigning by the political parties is now in full swing with each releasing their policy platforms and promises for the future. Unlike some previous elections, child protection does not seem to have become a hot topic this time around....