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Need some child and family welfare research or stats

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) is an information exchange for child, family and community welfare practitioners, policy makers, service providers and researchers working with children, families and communities....

Nominate by Monday

The closing date for receiving nominations of candidates to stand for election to the PeakCare Board is Monday 9th November 2015....

Happy Transition to Independence Month 2015

Transition to Independence Month or T2I Month is held in November each year with a focus on helping young people make the journey from the child protection system to independence and achieve positive life outcomes. ...

Last chance to give feedback on streamlined reporting

Queensland Treasury is leading a project focused on reducing the reporting burden on non-government organisations within the social services sector in recognition of the cross sector and cross agency benefits that accrue to all parties from streamlining reporting requirements....

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study

 Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW...

Get involved in the review of the Child Protection Act 1999

Community forums are happening in locations across the state to provide background information and explore the desired big picture outcomes for children, young people and families from a new legislative framework that will underpin reforms to Queensland’s child protection and family support system....

Thank you

 PeakCare sincerely thanks the many businesses, supporters and individuals who have generously donated prizes for the mega-raffles to be awarded at our BLOCKBUSTER event!...

PeakCare Board candidates announced

PeakCare is pleased to release a document that lists the nominated candidates for election to the PeakCare Board that will take place during the Annual General Meeting to be held at Riverside Receptions, New Farm at 4.30pm on 17th November 2015...

The competition continues

PeakCare is now pleased to provide an opportunity for one of our eNews readers who was unable to attend our 17th November event to win an unclaimed raffle prize – a $50 Secure Parking voucher. ...

Launch of new Advisory Council

A new twelve-member Advisory Council to the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) was launched on Tuesday 24th November 2015. ...

What really happened behind the scenes at Trivia with a twist

The winner of the Trivia with a Twist competition hosted by PeakCare on 17th November was – drum roll please – BoysTown. ...

Got something to say about data

The Queensland Government has developed a survey to evaluate how useful, complete and accessible their publised data is....

WANTED Young people with a care experience

There is a review of the Child Protection Act coming up and Create want to hear what young people with a care experience have to say about it! ...

2015 state wide launch of T2I Month

Thursday, November 5th saw the North Coast emphatically engaged with the intent of positively transitioning young people from care to independence as they led the official launch of Transition to Independence (T2I) Month. ...

What is Transition to Independence Month

Transition to Independence Month or T2I Month is held in November each year with a focus on helping young people make the journey from the child protection system to independence and achieve positive life outcomes....

Children and young people with disabilities in care

The 2015 Queensland Child Protection Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, 1 December 2015 at Griffith University Southbank campus....

Roundtables report

Member Agencies and Supporters will now have received emailed copies of PeakCare's Roundtables Report 2015 - Updated....

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....

State Budget 2015-16. What is good, what is bad, what is missing?

On 14th July 2015, the Palaszczuk Government announced its first State Budget.  PeakCare was pleased to release a summary of the budget highlights to our Member Agencies and Supporters soon after its announcement....

Don't miss this!

AASW and PeakCare are delighted to announce that the next topic for discussion is Culturally Sensitive Practice – across cultures in child protection – what does that mean? presented by Jatinder Kaur....

Nominate wisely

Nominations for the Queensland Child Protection Week awards close soon!...

Roundtables Report 2015

This week, PeakCare will be pleased to release copies of a report on the outcomes of discussions held at our recent roundtables to our Member Agencies and Supporters. ...

Senate Out of Home Care Inquiry Report

Following a successful motion from the Greens in the Senate in July 2014 to establish an inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into out of home care, the Committee released their 353 page report on Wednesday 19 August 2015....

Remembering the Forgotten Australians

Remembering history to ensure it never repeats....

Barret Adolescent Centre Inquiry commences

The Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry commenced on 14th September 2015. Why does PeakCare hold a special interest in the findings and recommendations of this Inquiry?  Read more to find out......

Another nexus considered still a few to go

PeakCare, C&K, the Salvation Army and Griffith University co-hosted a seminar entitled Nexus: Perspectives on how early childhood educators and family support practitioners can better connect for child and family outcomes on Saturday 10 October 2015. ...

We need you!

A study on child protection judgement and decision making...

Sombre reminders of the need for Child Protection

Sombre reminders of the need for Child Protection at the Annual Child Protection Week Dinner...

NAPCANs Breakfast Wake Up Call

Child protection and violence against Women are intrinsically linked, so too are the solutions was the message at NAPCAN’s annual Child Protection Week breakfast that took place with guests in abundance at 66 on Ernest....

A SILS Survey as T2I Month draws to a close

Now is the time to fill out a very short one page survey looking at: What works well in Supported Independent Living Services/Programs....

PeakCares recent submissions

PeakCare took advantage of two recent opportunities to make submissions to Queensland Government consultation processes....

PeakCares Roundtables Roadtrip 2016

Our invitation to you...

AIHW releases analysis of 2014 2015 child protection data

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released Child Protection Australia 2014-15 last week. Across Australia, the report showed that the number of children in contact with the child protection system continued to increase. ...

The views of children and young people in out-of-home care: overview of indicator results from a pilot national survey 2015

In March 2016, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released an overview of the results from the pilot survey of children and young people in out-of-home care across Australia....

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle competition

PeakCare is pleased to announce the winners of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Competition. ...

Close the Gap Day

PeakCare encourages our members, supporters, eNews subscribers and the community at large to take some time out of their day today to give some thought to the contribution we should all be making towards closing the gap....

Queensland Child Protection Week Grants and Awards

To participate in Queensland Child Protection Week, a number of Grants and Award nomination options are available...

ANOTHER PEAKCARE COMPETITION. BE IN IT TO WIN IT!

PeakCare is running yet another competition. All you need to do is submit correct answers to five simple questions listed below....

Issues paper released about changes to civil litigation involving child sexual abuse

Following on from a paper by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse about how best to provide effective justice through redress and civil litigation, the Queensland Government has announced it will remove the statutory limitation period for child sexual abuse claims; released whole-of-Queensland Government guidelines for responding to civil litigation in relation...

PeakCare's Board for 2017

Minister Fentiman delivers enthralling speech at PeakCare's AGM

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....

Your candidates for PeakCare's Board for 2017

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

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

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, sys...

Child Placement Principle Competition

Child Placement Principle Competition – the five questions...

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 across the State, with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services having recently contracted KPMG to develop “an evidence base and options for contained therapeutic care approaches to placement services in a Queensland context”....

Third Action Plan (2015-18) released

In late 2015, the Third Action Plan (2015-18) under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 was launched by Commonwealth Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Christian Porter MP....

Batiba Guwiyal

The Batiba Guwiyal conference is focused on facilitating collaborative efforts to tackle the impacts and find solutions to child sexual assault in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The conference is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1st and 2nd March, 2016....

CREATE needs you!

CREATE Foundation is coming to the South West region and bringing with them an exciting project - 'Voices in Action.'...

Children and young people with disabilities in care

The 2015 Queensland Child Protection Research Symposium, hosted by Griffith University and Life Without Barriers (LWB), was held on 1 December 2015. The symposium topic was children and young people with disabilities in care: research and practice....

Changes to Youth Justice laws - back to the future

Given that many young people who encounter the youth justice system have a current or previous involvement with child protection, PeakCare has a strong interest in youth justice legislative and program reforms....

Childrens rights, more or less

As per legislative requirements, Megan Mitchell, the inaugural National Children’s Commissioner, prepares an annual report about her activities, and children’s and young people’s enjoyment and exercise of their human rights in Australia....

Queensland Child Protection Parent Perception Study

All parents who are currently involved with the Department and subject to Intervention with Parental Agreement (IPA) or a Child Protection Order (CPO) are invited to participate in this study....

PeakCare Research group kicks off for 2016

PeakCare members were treated to four terrific presentations at the first meeting of the Research Group for 2016....

Research into young people with intellectual disabilities and the police in Queensland

A team of researchers from the School of Justice and the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is currently undertaking an exploratory research project into the experiences of young people with the police in Queensland....

Service models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children blasted at Child Protection Symposium

PeakCare urges co-design of strategies to implement Hope and Healing Framework ...

Have your say in the Your Workforce Your Future survey

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council has partnered with the Queensland Family and Child Commission to develop a baseline profile of Queensland’s child protection and family support workforce in 2016....

Your invitation to a Royal Commission multicultural forum

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will host a multicultural forum for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Brisbane on Tuesday 1 March....

Support the FIN Parent Cafe

On the 17th February 2016, SEQ FIN will be holding a Parent Café to provide an opportunity for parents to contribute their views to the current review of the Child Protection Act 1999....

The time is NOW!

Are you interested in benefitting from a Social Work Student in your workplace?...

Listening to you

Our member survey...

Meet the Preventers Child Protection Expo at Griffith University, Logan

Over 100 ‘preventers’ attended the first of PeakCare Queensland’s Meet the Preventers Child Protection Expos held at Griffith University at Logan City yesterday. The discussions and debates were lively and animated and imaginations were stretched and challenged....

Radio Interview: The Child Protection Inquiry raises questions

PeakCare's executive director, Lindsay Wegener, joins Mikaela Simpsons program 'Strong Voices' on The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) to discuss issues being raised about the child protection inquiry. ...

Queensland\'s Child Protection Champions

Child Protection Week got off to a flying start with the Queensland Child Protection Week Awards ceremony at Parliament House last Thursday. Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardian’s Assistant Commissioner Barry Salmon took the helm as the Master of Ceremonies, a tradition for the Awards Ceremony....

Candles for the Forgotten

Channel 7’s Kay McGrath, a keen supporter of child protection in Queensland, was the Master of Ceremonies for Remembrance Day 2012, a joint initiative of Forgotten Australians and the Child Protection Week Committee....

Young People Will be Heard

The CREATE Foundation offer advice on how young people can be heard at the Child Protection Comission of Inquiry...

A Misrepresentation

Professor Clare Tilbury has requested that PeakCare distribute the following statement prepared by her in response to an article that appeared in the Courier Mail on Wednesday 29th August 2012. ...

On Their Own Two Feet

The launch of Transition to Independence (T2I) Month was held on Monday, 5th November at the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian....

Retirement Announcment

For the past 8 years, Elizabeth Fraser has provided a leading role in advocating for Queensland’s children and young people....

Welcome to the 2013 Board

PeakCare’s Annual General Meeting was held yesterday afternoon and for the first time as far as anyone can recall, a secret ballot was needed to elect the Board for 2013 due to a higher number of nominees than vacancies....

Industry Body Consultation Paper Out Now

A few weeks ago, PeakCare brought you news of consideration being given to the establishment of a Community Services Industry Body (CSIB).A consultation paper on the CSIB is now available online....

We\'ve Been Busy

Following the announcement of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into institutional responses by public and private organisations to child sexual abuse in Australia, PeakCare has submitted comments in response to issues raised in a consultation paper recently released by the Australian Government. ...

The Nominations are In

PeakCare Qld will be holding its Annual General Meeting on: Tuesday, 18th December 2012 from 3:30pm at the offices of BoysTown, Suite 11, Black Street, Milton followed by end of year drinks with Board and PeakCare staff members. This year there are four (4) vacancies for Board Membership. The nominations for these positions are as follows; ...

The Sexual Health of Children and Young People in Care Forum

Armed with the task of providing practical information for carers, practitioners and child protection personnel in assisting children and young people in care with sexual health, our international expert Simon Blake took up the challenge in offering this forum on behalf of PeakCare and Family Planning Queensland....

Improving the Journey

As the 4th annual Transition to Independence (T2I) Month drew to a close on November 30th, we reflect on the outcomes for 2012.  The key focus of this month is engaging all personnel in the child protection system and associated government and NGO partners to improve the assistance offered to young people as they make the journey from the child protection system to independence....

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the care system

New strategy for tackling over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the care system....

Skills Update Report

The Workforce Council have released the 2010 Skills Update Report....

Must-Have Free Resource for Working with CALD clients

A comprehensive guide that lists and links resources to assist in working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds has been produced by the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ).  This is a “must-have” resource for all child protection practitioners!...

Cheaper to Medicate

The overmedication of babies, children and teenagers is gaining more and more media attention both in Australia and around the world....

Pay Equity Update

At the final hearing in the Equal Pay case the full bench of Fair Work Australia was told the Federal Government would fully fund it's share of wage increases for SACS workers....

Youth Homelessness Matters

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) 18th April, 2012 was held at Kurilpa Point Park, located next to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in South Brisbane. This Brisbane launch of the National Youth Homelessness Matters Day was attended by......

Time for a Change

The Department is making significant changes to the Foster Carer Agreement. The changes are intended to improve how the department provides for carers’ support and learning and development needs....

Voices in Action

On March 20th 2012 the Voices in Action Forum was held to launch the new look Children and Young People’s Participation Strategy. ...

Congratulations to newly elected AASW President

On behalf of PeakCare Queensland and our membership, I heartily congratulate Professor Karen Healy on her election to the role of National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)....

Should be Sorry

Lindsay Wegener's letter that was sent to the Editor of the Sunday Mail in response to an article by Mr Andrew Bolt....

The Age of Independence

This week Lorraine Dupree, our Policy and Research Manager has written a post on our professional practice Blog on transition from care....

Foster kids over-prescribed ADHD drugs

The Courier Mail highlights concerns about the high number of children in care on ADHD medication in comparison to the general population.  ...

New Guidelines for Reporting Missing Children

The Department of Communities has released new guidelines for reporting missing children. Along with these guidelines, a standardised form has been produced for use by both Departmental Officers and non-Government organisations that may be required to report missing children to the Police Service....

Forum Reflections

“What’s special about specialist foster care?” was the big question wrestled with by around 45 representatives of current providers of specialist foster care services, the Department of Communities and PeakCare Queensland during a workshop hosted by PeakCare on 15th September....

Not so Perfect Matches

A number of concerns have been recently reported to PeakCare by Member Agencies about some “not so perfect” matches of children – very young children in particular - being made with residential services.  ...

What HSQF will mean to you

The following information has been provided to PeakCare by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and is now being passed on to you....

Congratulations Michael Tizard

PeakCare congratulates our President, Michael Tizard, on his appointment as National Families Week 2013 Ambassador. ...

An early rise is the tradition of Queensland Child Protection Week

This week NAPCAN celebrated their 10th Anniversary Child Protection Week breakfast. ...

Calling on Australias Heart to Integrate with the Hearts of Forgotten Australians

Remembrance Day 2014...

Recognising outstanding contributions to child protection in Queensland

Minister Tracy Davis officially opened Child Protection Week 2014 by hosting the Awards Ceremony.  In the company of numerous Queensland dignitaries and almost 200 guests she spoke of the enormous contribution made to child protection in Queensland by so many....

QCPW Awards 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family advocates, Regional flood impacted winners and Educators steal the show at the QCPW Awards 2014. ...

Two new agencies open their doors to Child Protection Reforms

On 1st July, the first of the new Office of Public Guardian Advocacy Hubs at South Brisbane was launched by the Honourable Jarrod Bleijie MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice....

Queenslanders make child protection the main event

Queensland Child Protection Week 2014 is fast approaching....

In the spotlight

Last week, a spotlight was shone very brightly on Save the Children Queensland with a visit by Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne to the organisation’s State Offices at West End. ...

GForce Transition to Independence Month 2014

November is Transition to Independence Month (T2I Month) which is focused on helping young people make the journey from the child protection system to independence and achieve positive life outcomes....

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

Key Assets Queensland is 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 vision of...

Picking up where we left off

Roundtable roadtrip resumes...

PeakCares submission to the Senate OOHC Inquiry

In July 2014, the Australian Senate passed a motion to establish an inquiry into out of home care in Australia....

Your Board Candidates for 2015

Attention all PeakCare members and supporters; the PeakCare Board candidates for 2015 have been announced....

Transition to Independence Month 2014 launched - with an app!

Over a hundred dignitaries, young people, managers and practitioners of government and non government child protection agencies attended the Launch of Transition to Independence Month 2014 at the Upper Coomera Centre yesterday....

Child Protection Budget Announced

Yesterday the State Government announced total funding for child and family reforms totalling $644 million over five years to be distributed across a number of departments....

Pathways to Family Support

Accessing the right support at the right time...

Call for Nominations

By now, all Member Agencies will have received notice of our call for nominations for election to the PeakCare Board and, if we can go by the number of enquiries we are receiving, there is some very strong interest out there in joining the Board.  It is incredibly pleasing to know that we have Members wanting to perform this critical role in supporting the work of PeakCare....

PeakCare AGM. Together We Make A Difference.

This year, PeakCare has elected to make our Annual General Meeting a low-key event.  Representatives of our member Member Agencies including, in particular, their voting delegates (or those to whom they have issued a proxy vote) are invited to present at 4pm on 15th November at Restaurant Two, Corner of Edward and Alice Streets, Brisbane. The meeting will focus on the business at hand &ndas...

Remembering and Having Difficult Conversations

Remembering and Having Difficult ConversationsRemembrance Day 2013 ...

Child Protection Week 2013

Child Protection Week 2013 Events across Queensland encourage all to play a part in ensuring that Child Protection is Everybody’s business ...

New Report Released

The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian has today released a report based on findings from its fourth survey of children and young people in foster and kinship care....

PeakCare Responds

PeakCare response to youth justice review...

Please Support our Fabulous Sponsors

PeakCare thanks our sponsors and supporters for their generous contributions to the pool of prizes to be won at our forthcoming ‘Together We Make a Difference’ function to be held on 15 November following our Annual General Meeting.Please support these companies who are supporting the work of PeakCare and our member agencies!...

Going, going, gone!

Would you like to go to Port Douglas for a bargain-priced holiday?...

Opportunity Awaits

Opportunities for Non-Government Organisations and their community partners to engage with Child Protection Week. ...

Queensland Service Providers Wanted

Growing up after foster care.PhD Research – Queensland Service Providers Wanted...

The First Step

On 21 March 2014, the Queensland Government introduced into the Legislative Assembly three new child protection reform Bills as part of the first stage of building a new child and family support system....

Hot News!

 Launch of new Foster and Kinship Carer Week website In preparation for Foster and Kinship Carer Week 2014 which is to be held from 9th to 15th March, a new website has been created that features an ‘open letter of appreciation’ to Queensland’s Foster and Kinship Carers. ...

Sold Out!

Due to the very high number of early registrations for the Symposium on the intersection of child protection and domestic and family violence to be jointly hosted by PeakCare and Griffith University on 12th December, registrations have now closed....

National Sorry Day 2012 - A Day to Remember

On 26th May 2012, a full-page open letter to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Queensland was published in the Courier Mail....
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