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PeakCare Research Group

In mid 2013, PeakCare established a Research Group to bring together PeakCare member agencies with research positions and / or an interest in research and evaluation....

View from the Frontline

“I have learnt that most families usually know what they need, and what society expects of them – we just have to ask the right questions. “ Debra Doherty...

Do We Care?

“Here’s what I want to explore: Can we teach people to care?I know that we can teach them not to care; that’s pretty easy. But given the massive technological and economic changes we’re living through, do we have the opportunity to teach productive and effective caring? “- Seth Godin...

Engagement: 2012 New Year\'s Resolution

What will you do in 2012 to engage?...

In Defense of Families

“We all have one idea of what the color blue is, but pressed to describe it specifically, there are so many ways: the ocean, lapis lazuli, the sky, someone’s eyes. Our definitions were as different as we were ourselves.” —Sarah DessenI’ve been thinking about the information which is disseminated and shared about family through the media, through profe...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

“Hookers, it seems, are the new social workers and they are demanding respect.”~Des Houghton, Australian Courier MailWhen you look at the image to the left, do you think “social worker”? No, me either. So it came as a bit of a shock when I received the link for a recent news article run in the Courier Mail entitled, Dark underbelly to sex industry spin and read Des...

10 Ways To Jump Start Your Professional Development

“Education isn’t for getting a job. It’s about developing yourself as a human being.”—Liz BerryIn an ideal world child and family welfare practitioners would be guaranteed to receive quality supervision on demand and unlimited access to professional development opportunities. Obviously this ideal is not possible and many practitioners struggle to re...

The Age of Independence

“Uncomfortable truths are revealed when the most powerless find their voice.”Debbie KilroyComing of age is a concept regarding a milestone and is usually synonymous with celebration. Most coming of age is filled with excitement, particularly when it involves children reaching adulthood. However, for many Queensland children who have grown up in state care, com...

Workplace Violence

“While it is clear that organisations must confront, understand and do all they can to prevent violence and its consequences, it is inevitable that community welfare professionals will often have to deal with situations where violence is a possibility or a fact. “~AnonymousIn the late ’80′s I was working for a women’s organization, providingtherapeutic&n...

Are We De-professionalizing Child Protection?

A week or so ago I wrote a blog post that discussed some of my concerns about the implementation of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children. This week I want to share some of my critical reflection that has arisen as a result of the practicum project I have been working on. Lynn Barratt and I have been looking at recruitment and retention issues for the child and family...

Reinventing Feminism and Systemic Activism

I wanted to post this quick and quite interesting Ted Talk of Courtney Martin (of Feministing fame) who is chatting not only about the need for us to remain aware and conscious of inequity in our personal and professional lives – but also has something to say about systemic activism,disillusionmentand burn out. Have a listen and a think about how this conundrum translates into...

Where Have All The Social Workers Gone? Critical Reflection and Child Protection

“All efforts at self-transformation challenge us to engage in on-going, critical self-examination and reflection about practice, and about how we live in the world. This individual commitment, when coupled with engagement in collective discussion, provides a space for critical feedback which strengthens our efforts to change and make ourselves anew.” —bell hooksCrit...

Child Abuse and other Un-Natural Disasters

“All natural disasters are comforting because they reaffirm our impotence, in which, otherwise, we might stop believing. At times it is strangely sedative to know the extent of your own powerlessness.”~ Erica JongI have been very moved over the past weeks by the community spirit in response to the Queensland floods. It seems that our capacity for kindness and compassio...

Giving

Although the above talk made by Jessica Jackley is not strictly speaking, about child protection, I believe it speaks volume about practice. I was going to write a little about practice frameworks today, and about how our framework influences and informs the way we view our work; the sadness, suffering and the sorts of problems and issues we confront every day, as part of child protection...

Whole Hearted Child Protection Work

I’ve been writing lately about vulnerability, sticking withthe discomfort of the feeling, and using it to guide more authentic and connected living. It occurs to me, that the capacity to sit with vulnerability and to have the courage to explore it, is foundational to reflective practice and in turn to healthy child protection work. Yet vulnerability is not encouraged or easily incorp...

Reclaiming Professional Supervision for High Performance

‘I hear and I forget’ ‘I see and I remember’ ‘I do and I understand’~ ConfuciusProfessional supervision is one of the most fundamental elements to improve professional standards, practice and performance in the workplace. It is essential for measuring sound decision-making, service delivery outcomes, ensuring evidence-based practice and staff ar...

Imposter Syndrome

There’s always that feeling of “Oh, God! One day they’ll find out that I really have no idea what I’m doing.” Samantha Mathis [Seventeen, June 1992] Some years back, I found myself in the uncomfortable position of sitting at my desk at work and realizing I felt frozen, unable to make the decision I was expected to make. The stakes were high; would I recommend the...

Exercising Mastery in Assertive Interactions: How assertive are you?

Ever heard yourself saying; “I wish I could have said more” or “Why didn’t I say that?” or “Why can’t they just listen to me?” or “I just want to run away and pretend it never happened.”Yes? Then chances are you were not as assertive as you could have been at the time in that particular situation.We often choose not to be assertive...