The time is NOW!

by PeakCare Qld on 15th June 2015

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Minister Fentiman delivers enthralling speech at PeakCare's AGM

by PeakCare Qld
on 12th December 2016

If you were unable to attend PeakCare’s AGM on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, make sure you read the enthralling speech delivered by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

PeakCare's Board for 2017

by PeakCare Qld
on 12th December 2016

Your candidates for PeakCare's Board for 2017

by PeakCare Qld
on 30th November 2016

New Family and Child Connect services (FaCC), Intensive Family Support services (IFS) and specialist Domestic and Family Violence services

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) wishes to advise of the release of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Mount Isa / Gulf Family Support and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Support Services

More about the Royal Commission into the South Australian child protection system

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, The life they deserve, was released in early August 2016. The report is presented in two volumes. The first volume sets out what the Royal Commission did to examine the adequacy of current laws and policies to protect children and young people, system deficits and 260 recommendations addressing a wide range of structural, system and practice aspects across the SA government and service system. The second volume contains 5 case studies that examine the operation of the system and practice quality in specific areas. Four focus on the individual circumstances of young children, intervening in high risk families, leaving care, and children with complex needs in out of home care.

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The child protection and family support sector is currently undergoing such positive review and growth.  With the numerous recommendations of the Carmody report underway, organisations and departmental staff alike are finding a renewed passion in what drew them to this sector as professionals in the first place – sound practice and enhanced opportunities for the wellbeing of children, families and communities. 

In keeping with this exciting momentum, it is important to note that all universities ensure that Social Work students have core child protection and family support practice as part of their curriculum as required by the AASW Accreditation and Education Standards.

With the level of enthusiasm around enhanced practice and building the workforce for the future, the time is now to ensure mutually beneficial arrangements for students and organisations.  Recent feedback received with regard to student placements is that once the initial induction phase is offered, students can become valued team members contributing significantly to organisations and their client groups, with some becoming full time employees of the organisations they’ve been placed in once they graduate. Students can provide organisations with additional capacity and resources and importantly placements provide a great training ground for our future workforce.

There are so many exciting opportunities for students and organisations currently as we collectively navigate change and practice improvement whilst ensuring sound professional relationships and practice standards that enable on going practice improvement.  This is key to what we are all so determined to achieve for the benefit of children, young people, parents and our communities as a whole.

If you are interested in benefitting from a Social Work Student in your workplace and assisting them in their learning and development as practitioners into the future, please contact Dr Fotina Hardy. QUT is committed to working in partnership with all organisations and government partners to collectively meet this goal for improved child and family practice with a committed and dedicated workforce.

For further information contact:

Dr Fotina Hardy

(D.SocSc., MComm, BSW) MAASW (Acc)

Coordinator and Lecturer | Social Work and Human Services Field Education Unit |

Ph: 3138 4614

Ph: 048 100 8597


Faculty of Health | School of Public Health and Social Work Queensland University of Technology |




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