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Home Stretch is In the Spotlight

In Australia over 3000 young people aged 15 to 17 years exit the child protection statutory care system annually. In 2015, 566 young Queenslanders in this age group exited care. The experiences of many Australian young people post exit point to the concern that many young people may not be ready to exit care at 18 and our collective systems are not equipped to support their needs without an &lsq...

PeakCares Trivia with a Twist competition and all the behind-the-scenes intrigue is In the Spotlight

Transition from care in Europe: Part 2

Reflections on Transition to Independence Month - November 2016

Building the house of child protection

Have you ever built a house? If so, you’ll know just how complex it can be....

JK Diversity Consultants is In the Spotlight

JK Diversity Consultants specialise in working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. Director, Jatinder Kaur, has been actively involved in advocating for the needs of CALD children, families and communities for well over a decade. These endeavours extend beyond Queensland to other states and territories of Australia. This advocacy has included supporting the needs of CA...

Transition from care in Europe: Part 1

As Transition to Independence month for 2016 draws to a close, it’s timely to look at approaches in other countries. Become (formerly The Who Cares Trust) undertakes similar work to CREATE and organisations for children and young people in care and care leavers in the UK. Not surprisingly, their work focuses on the same ‘big issues’ for children and young people in care and lea...

Working towards better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families through building a strong, sustainable and capable sector - QATSICPP is In the spotlight

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations across Queensland. Their members offer services that include: Foster and Kinship Care organisations, Family Support Services, Intensive Family Support and Recognised Entities.QATSICPP’s Senior Practice Team pr...

Transition to Independence Month Launch is In the Spotlight

Townsville put on a fabulous show to begin Transition to Independence (T2I) Month 2016. This month is an opportunity to hear the stories of young people, celebrate their journeys and successes and highlight policy and practice issues that ensure the road to independence is a journey to success for children and young people as they move through the Queensland care system towards independenc...

Reflections of an ACWA Conference Masterclass: Working with children who exhibit problematic sexual behaviour towards other children is In the Spotlight

At the 2016 Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference, Pathways to Protection and Permanency: Getting it Right for Children, Young people and Families, Dale Tolliday presented a Masterclass on the topic: Is there an Accessible Framework and Roadmap for Prevention and Therapeutic Responses for Sexual Abuse that includes Children who Abuse?Dale Tolliday is the Cli...

Chris Boyle Consultancy is In the Spotlight

Chris Boyle Consultancy (CBC) offers training, professional supervision, assessment and intervention services as well as consultancy services to those engaged in child protection, community services and family support. Based in Queensland, CBC is focused on improving the lives of all children, kin, families and community members. This has been CBC’s Director Chris Boyle’s professiona...

Mentoring Young People is In the Spotlight

Multicultural Youth Empowerment Strategy (M-YES) was founded by Tamba Thomas in 2009. As a migrant himself, his observations of the needs of young people from diverse backgrounds led to this mentoring strategy. Thomas saw the need for mentoring and guidance for young people offered in a safe and inclusive manner. This not-for-profit organisation has reinvented itself and in recognition of the im...

Yadeni Tago - Moving Forward Together is In the Spotlight

Brisbane’s Family and Child Connect comprises Mercy Community Services (MCS), Indigenous Family and Child Connect (IFACC - Kurbingui Youth Development, KYD), Indigenous Intensive Family and Child Support Services (Indigenous Family and Child Support Services, IFACSS) and the Yeaca Dhargo Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Support Service....

Resilience in spite of evidence of the traumatic impact of neglect is In the Spotlight

When faced with overwhelming knowledge and research about the impact of neglect on a child or young person, it is easy to become despondent about the possibility of positive outcomes. Yet so much of what we know about resilience demonstrates the capacity of children and young people to overcome trauma and hardship. What is it that turns their forecast life trajectory around and demonstrates inst...

Karyn Wells Consultancy is In the Spotlight

Karyn Wells Consultancy offers various services to non-government organisations, government departments and individuals. For over 22 years Karyn Wells has worked within the child protection sector across a variety of roles. Karyn states that her passion for the safety of children and young people continues to grow and she never ceases to be impressed by the paralleled passion and commitment of f...

Reflections of a Child Safety Service Centre Manager Committed to Listening to Children and Young People is In the Spotlight

Following on from last week’s In the Spotlight, this week we showcase another champion identified through the CREATE Foundation’s Voices in Action project. This project offered an opportunity to hear the perspectives of young people with a care experience in the South West region. They were invited to talk about what experiences and processes work for them and assists their progress...

A Child Safety Officer's relections on young peoples' involvement in decision making is In the Spotlight

For almost a year the CREATE Foundation has been undertaking the Voices in Action project in the South West region. This project offers an opportunity to hear from young people with a care experience about their perceptions of care, what worked well for them and the areas they noted that could be improved. Young people have made suggestions for change. As part of Voices in Action workers passion...

Queensland Child Protection Week 2016 celebrates 30 years

Officially launched at Parliament House during the Awards Ceremony, Queensland’s 30th Child Protection Week began its anniversary year on Sunday September 4th and runs until 10th September 2016. The Awards received significant media and community attention due to the high calibre of recipients. Queensland Child Protection Week 2016 has boasted many further achievements thus far.Queensla...

Big, fat ticks for youth justice changes (but some question marks remain)

PeakCare applauded the Palaszczuk Government’s recent announcement that legislation would be introduced into Parliament next week to end the practice of treating 17-year olds as adults in Queensland’s justice system. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated that the aim will be to have all 17-year olds removed from adult prisons within 12 months....

Queensland Child Protection Week Awards 2016

PeakCare congratulates the 2016 Queensland Child Protection Week Award recipients. Each year numerous nominations are received and the onerous task of assessing applications and voting for the winners is undertaken. Whilst so many outstanding practitioners, policy makers, programs and individuals are nominated across the various categories, it is increasingly difficult to select winners. It is,...

Independent review of Queensland youth detention centres

PeakCare has welcomed the announcement made by the Queensland Government on 19th August 2016 of an independent review of Queensland's youth detention centres. When announcing the review, the Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice referred to recent controversy concerning the Northern Territory’s Don Dale Detention Centre and serious allegations leve...

Pathways to Child Protection and Permanency is In the Spotlight

Upon reflection of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) National Conference: Pathways to Protection and Permanency Getting it right for children, young people and families, there were a multitude of consistent messages offered by national and international speakers with which few would disagree. There were also offerings that challenged those of us working in the Australia...

Aunties and Uncles Queensland is In the Spotlight

Aunties and Uncles Queensland is an early intervention and prevention mentoring program assisting vulnerable and socially isolated children aged 1 to 11 years within the greater Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. The mentor relationship affords each child time, attention, care and stability. Mentors also offer guidance and exposure to new experiences through activities and positive relationships. Pa...

AASW (Southern Queensland) is In the Spotlight

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the key professional body representing approximately 10,000 social workers throughout Australia. Social work is the profession noted for its commitment to social justice, the enhancement of quality of life and the development of the full potential of each individual, family, group and community in society. Arguably, this professional discipl...

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is In the Spotlight

First held in 1988, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is celebrated annually on the 4th August. It is the largest national celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children....

Seed Skills is In the Spotlight

Seed Skills offer specialised training for residential care and family support services. Their training programs for community services have been developed by industry experts to ensure that all current industry-specific qualifications certification requirements are met. Training programs are delivered through a blend of class-based, workplace and webinar modular presentations to ensure that par...

White Boy Privilege

Do yourself a favour! Watch White Boy Privilege for the best and most powerful description of ‘white privilege’ that PeakCare has ever come across. ‘White Boy Privilege’ is a poem written by a 14 year old boy. His recital of the poem has now gone viral on YouTube....

Capricorn Community Development Association is In the Spotlight

Capricorn Community Development Association (CCDA) has as their mission statement Pro-actively working with the community since 1983. This reads as an understatement when delving into the work and passion of those who lead and are associated with CCDA....

Future Focused Families is In the Spotlight

Future Focused Families is an organisation that focuses on assessments of foster carers, kinship carers and specialist foster carers as well as eco mapping. Staff of this organisation work with both the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) and non-government organisations. They also run training packages for carers and staff to enhance skills and professional...

Wellbeing for organisations and practitioners is In the Spotlight

Wellbeing Consultancy Australia was created to assist organisations, teams and individuals with the aim to increase wellbeing in the areas of management, leadership, team dynamics, personal and professional development. The organisation offers wellbeing workshops and private consultations that provide practical tools to enhance professional and personal capacity with the ultimate goal of inspiri...

Let their voices be heard is In the Spotlight

Let their Voices be Heard is a whole of community project coordinated by Bundaberg’s Child and Youth Protection Partnership (now Bundaberg’s Child, Youth & Family Alliance) in collaboration with individuals, organisations and services who work with or interface with children and young people. This project formed part of a 3 stage child and family friendly project with the longer...

Vic Auditor-General reviews progress with Vic resi care services

In 2014, the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office audited residential care services for children and young people in Victoria. The audit found that the Department of Health and Human Services had failed to oversee and ensure the safety and development of children in the residential care system, and that there were significant shortcomings in the quality of oversight and staffing of services,...

Good, but not good enough!

PeakCare welcomes changes to Youth Justice laws passed by Parliament last week. These changes include, amongst others, the re-introduction of youth justice conferencing, the abandonment of boot camp orders, removal of the provision for findings of guilt for a childhood offence when no conviction is recorded to be admissible in court when later sentencing the person for an adult offence, the rein...

Youth Care Support Services (YCSS) Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service is In the Spotlight

Respect, Empower & Achieve are the mantras of YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service. They endeavour to ensure that each child and young person is noted and respected for their uniqueness. In working with children and young people, particularly in their advocacy work, they are a voice for children and young people and as such encourage young people to also find their own voices. E...

Amovita is In the Spotlight

Amovita has as its mantra – inspiring business and people excellence. They have a culture of cohesion and creativity. Their consultants and support staff are problem solvers who avoid risk averse processing and continuously look for new and improved ways of working with clients and the community services sector. They describe their ‘approach’ as refreshingly different in that t...

A Street University for young people by young people is In the Spotlight

The Street University is a youth development project created by the Ted Noffs Foundation. Originally named The Wayside Foundation, Noffs Foundation was founded in 1970 by Australian humanitarian, Reverend Ted Noffs and his wife. Prior to establishing the Foundation, Noffs established Sydney’s first crisis centre in 1968, set up the first Drug Referral Centre in Sydney in 1967, co-founded t...

The professional is personal is In the spotlight

Dr Fotina Hardy is a Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and leads their field education unit. Fotina is also the South East Queensland President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). In this robust voluntary role, she covers a multitude of issues that involve practice discussions, policy positions and advocacy stances tak...

Encompass Family and Community is In the Spotlight

The Encompass Family and Community team works with organisations and individuals who share their passion for excellence in child and family work....

REFOCUS is In the Spotlight

Redirecting and Empowering Families with Opportunities in Culturally Unique Services...

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention is In the Spotlight

Not Now, Not Ever will domestic and family violence be tolerated in Queensland....

A Week to say thank you to those who care: Foster and Kinship Carer Week is in the spotlight.

The Queensland child protection system relies on the generosity and capacity of countless foster and kinship carers who give tirelessly of themselves and their families in supporting and caring for children and young people in the care system....

Unlocking Transition. A local initiative intent on reaching out across Queensland is In the Spotlight

The overarching vision of the Mt Gravatt Child Safety Transitions Alliance is: Every child in care is provided the equality of opportunity and the equity of participation that helps them to develop identity, belonging and acceptance....

Senate Committee Inquiry into Gonski funding cuts

Opening statement by Mr Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland Inc. at hearing held in Brisbane on 5th April 2016...

Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence is In the Spotlight

What did they have to say about children and young people?...

Connection for children and young people is In the Spotlight

The vast majority of professionals who work with children and young people understand and acknowledge the power of connection.The importance of connectedness in building resilience, assisting healing and ensuring long term wellbeing is well known. Furthermore this is not a new concept. It is decades old....

Valuing the Voices of Families in the Queensland Child Protection System is In the Spotlight

Most working in child protection, regardless of their position, are well aware of the complexities that families, children and young people need to navigate on a regular basis....

Queensland Child Protection Week is In the Spotlight

32 Years Ago a small group of professionals stood up. 30 Years ago they founded Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW). This week, this collective and QCPW is In the Spotlight....

Who Am I is In the Spotlight

The Who Am I program was developed as a partnership between the Indigenous Family and Child Support Service (IFACSS) and the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre (BYDC) Programs and Transition Team. The aim of the program is to focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their social and emotional wellness in order to enhance inclusion....

A fresh new look and name for BoysTown is in the Spotlight

On Sunday February 28th 2016 the national organisation BoysTown officially became yourtown....

The vulnerability of children and young people in the legal system is In the Spotlight

The Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC) offers free legal services, support and services to children, young people and families with a specific focus on children and young people aged 10 to 18 years. YAC’s primary client group is those who are involved in, or are at risk of involvementin, the youth justice and/or the child protection system. This includes young people who are hom...

On the matter of secure care

The possibility of Queensland children being placed in secure care is again emerging as a hot topic of discussion....

Young people building social supports through goals is In the Spotlight

Goalzie is a recently released free app that was developed by the Safe and Well Online project, a collaboration of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, the University of South Australia, the Western Sydney University, Digital Advertising Agency, Zuni and the Queensland University of Technology....

Young people born in 1997 are in the spotlight

If you or others you know were born in 1997 and have had a care experience, the CREATE Foundation needs you! If you have worked with a young person over the past 12 months who transitioned from care to independence in 2015, CREATE needs you too!...

A Platform to Independence

Platform 18 is in the spotlight...