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by PeakCare Qld on 22nd June 2015

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PeakCare members and supporters are urged to consider the many individuals or groups who may be regarded as worthy recipients of an award and make a concerted effort to submit one or more nominations.

These annual awards very effectively serve to acknowledge both those who have demonstrated long-standing dedication and commitment to making a difference in the lives of Queensland children, young people and families as well as those who may be regarded as innovators and pioneers in challenging past practices, stretching our collective imagination about what’s possible and initiating reforms.  PeakCare members and supporters are encouraged to look within the ranks of your own organisations and more broadly within your networks of colleagues and agencies with which you collaborate to identify those who meet the criteria set for each of the awards.  Consider the many policy makers, researchers, advocates, administrators, managers, practitioners and volunteers who all play important roles in contributing to both the maintenance and improvement of the child protection system.

Think about the Family Support Workers in our midst who, on a daily basis, demonstrate their enormous commitment and skills in supporting families to care safely and well for their children.  Think about the providers of out-of-home care services – especially those who have strived to improve the quality of their services, those who have been collaborating with others to ensure that their services are well-integrated, and not isolated from, other parts of the service system, and think about those who have sought to better engage family members in the care of their children and support their safe reunification or the transitions of young people who are leaving care.

In the midst of the ongoing grossly disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families with the child protection system, when considering those worthy of being nominated for an award, think about the Board members and management committees of community-controlled organisations, their policy-makers, managers, staff members and carers.  There surely can be no greater priority attached to the current child protection reform agenda than improving the outcomes being achieved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.  Let’s acknowledge the work of community-controlled organisations and the leadership they have been called upon to exercise in shaping and implementing the reform agenda.
Think also about those within our ranks who have led changes to ways in which the voices of children, young people and families who have culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are heard in the design and delivery of services that best meet their needs.

In many respects, it is a pity that awards are not given to children and young people themselves for the resilience and courage they so often display in abundance and to the many families who, with courage and determination, deal with enormous adversities in maintaining or safely resuming the care of their children.  Perhaps their rewards come in a different form.    

Nominations for the child protection awards must be received by 3rd July 2015

Visit the Queensland Child Protection Week website for information about the award categories and process for submitting nominations.


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