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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children


Over the upcoming weeks, QATSICPP will be planning workshops focusing on QATSICPP Practice Standards and Supervision Framework. Proposed locations and dates are:

Location:                 Brisbane

Dates:                       19th, 20th, 21st March 2019

Location:                 Thursday Island

Dates:                       9th, 10th, 11th April 2019

Location:                 Cairns

Dates:                     7th, 8th, 9th May 2019

Location:                 Townsville

Dates:                     11th, 12th, 13th June 2019

Location:                 Mt Isa

Dates:                     16th, 17th, 18th July 2019

Location:                 Rockhampton

Dates:                       13th, 14th, 15th August 2019

Location:                 Toowoomba

Dates:                       10th, 11th, 12th September 2019

Keep an eye out for the workshop-training schedule, as this will confirm details such as to the locations, dates, venues, registration process and other important information regarding attendance.

Family Lead Decision Making Training Support

We will also be supporting our member organisations in the Family Lead Discussion Making (FLDM) process (as the need arises), especially supporting those staff members who attended and participated in the FLDM Train-the-Trainer in 2018 to deliver the FLDM locally and regionally.

If you have not already had training or you have enquiries about the Advice, Referrals and Case Management (ARC) system, you can contact Kerry Fortescue directly. Details provided below:

Kerry Fortescue
Organisational Change Manager | Child and Family Reform ICT Project
Program & Project Delivery | Information Services | Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
T: 07 3035 7287 | M: 0414 670 265 | E:


QATSICPP will also be working towards providing a suite of educational and informative webinars during 2019. These will be available via QATSICPP website. An example will focus on the introduction, background and context of the position statement n relation to Aboriginal kinship care.  

Training, Workshops, Webinars, Resources

New Methamphetamine Animated Video as developed by Insight.

Insight has produced a 6 minute animated video summarising the key facts and features of methamphetamine.

  • This video explains the forms of the drug, rates of use, effects, treatment options and tips for supporting someone who is using or attempting to cut back or quit.

Insight have also produced this helpful Stages of Change animated video.

As part of the Breakthrough Project Insight has produced a free 8-page Information booklet (also attached) specifically for families of people affected by substance use. The resource contains a basic overview of substances, what treatment options are available as well as communication and coping strategies for family members.

This resource is available as part of a new Family AOD Toolkit Insight have launched on their website which also contains free eLearning, videos, webinar recordings, tools and other resources.

New Knowledge Centre Alcohol Resources

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre have added a suite of online resources which are now available on their website. Based on the Review of harmful alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, there are four new resources available:

Gallang Education & Training

Gallang Education & Training offer the Cert IV in Mental Health as well as the Diploma of Counselling. For more information on enrolment and course dates, please contact them on ph: 07 3899 5041 or email:

Gallang also have on scope the trauma informed care units of competencies. These are:

  • Develop a healing framework for social and emotional wellbeing work
  • Promote Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Recognise and respond to a crisis situations
  • Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • Work within a narrative approach

Please contact them if you any enquiries regarding the trauma informed care units on ph: 07 3899 5041 or email:

Insight Alcohol & other Drug Training & Workforce Development Queensland 

Mental Health Professional Network

Emerging Minds


True (Family Planning Queensland)

Winangali Marumali

2 – 5 September 2019

Adelaide Convention Centre

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal & Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and the conference advisory group are inviting delegates and speakers will gather from around the country and some from overseas to discuss challenges and share our knowledge and experiences in raising happy, healthy and confident children in our communities.

As well as providing a powerful and inspiring learning experience for all attendees it will also provide opportunities to meet and experience some the richness and culture of the local communities of South Australia. A must conference for anyone working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and family services – we hope you can join us.

About the Conference:

The conference is hosted by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children. SNAICC is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

To register and read more, go to:

The Fourth Action Plan (2018-2020) under the National Framework was endorsed by Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers in December 2018 and recently launched by the Federal Government in late January 2019.

This is the first Action Plan under the Framework that has a standalone focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are either at risk of entering, or in contact with child protection systems.

At the recent launch, Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry said, “This is in recognition of the fact that the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out- of-home care is ten times that of non-Indigenous children”.

The four key priorities of the Fourth Action Plan are:

  • Improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children at risk of entering, or in contact with child protection systems.
  • Improving prevention and early intervention through joint service planning and investment.
  • Improving outcomes for children in out-of-home care by enhancing placement stability through reunification and other permanent care options.
  • Improving organisations’ ability to keep children and young people safe from abuse.

Key achievements under the Fourth Action Plan 2018-2020 include:

QATSICPP will host its Members’ Conference as well as the QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Celebration in June 2019. QATSICPP proposes to showcase the Sectors’ (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Wellbeing Services and potential Family Participation Program) capacity and commitment towards working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families, with a strong focus on QATSICPP’s four (4) Strategic Priorities:

  1. Sector and Practice Excellence;
  2. Partnerships and Accountability;
  3. Voice and Representation; and
  4. Cultural Leadership and Maintaining Independence with a strong focus on Advocacy.

QATSICPP will be seeking representatives from the Sector to facilitate the various sessions – in accordance with the QATSICPP Strategic Priorities. Engagement with the Sector will occur to identify potential facilitators, whose presentations fits within the scope of QATSICPPs Strategic Priorities.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will deliver a Masterclass on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Additionally, PeakCare will be hosting a national and state conference with focus on Child Protection topics on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June 2019. This conference will bring together Aboriginal community controlled and mainstream organisations from other jurisdictions. The interstate Aboriginal community-controlled organisations are very interested in joining the QATSICPP Members’ conference to learn from the successes of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector.

Event Dates:

PeakCare Conference: Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 June 2019
Masterclass with Dr. Cindy Blackstock: Wednesday 26 June 2019
QATSICPP Members’ Conference: Thursday 27 & Friday 28 June 2019
QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner: Friday night 28 June 2019

Intended delegates include the following:

  • QATSICPP Members’ staff (inclusive of management, and frontline workers);
  • Key Stakeholders working within the Child Protection Sector in Queensland; and
  • Key Stakeholders working within the Child Protection Sector in other jurisdictions.

Please note, calls for abstracts will be sent out in the near future. Registrations will be available in March 2019.

If you have any questions, or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

QATSICPP’s Senior Practice Leader and Training & Education Coordinator were invited to the Central Queensland’s, Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, Senior Team Leaders (STL) & Senior Practice Leaders (SPL) forums to deliver on QATSICPP’s Supervision Framework. The first training was held in Hervey Bay with thirty-four (34) STL’s attending on 7 November 2018. The second forum will be delivered to eight (8) SPL’s later in November, in Rockhampton.

The session on the 7 November with the STL’s provided a space throughout the training to with discussions centred on application of the framework in practice post training. Activities allowed the STLs to explore the framework concepts, unpack the supervision storyline, role-play with group discussions using focus questions: for example, what might be some of the challenges in implementing a cultural supervision framework in your Child Safety Service Centre at an individual, team, program, service level and how they might work towards addressing these challenges.

Overall feedback was positive and well received. QATSICPP’s Senior Practice Leader and Training Education Coordinator encouraged the region to provide feedback both on the successes and challenges in implementing the Supervision Framework.

QATSICPP delivered training for Kurbingui Youth Development Ltd. Family Wellbeing staff and IUIH Moreton ATSICHS Family Wellbeing staff in the QATSICPP Practice Standards and Supervision Framework during September 2018. The training provided a space to unpack, explore and understand the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practice Standards and Supervision Framework. Feedback about the content and delivery was well received by all.

Participants from IUIH Moreton ATSICHS, Family Wellbeing Services



Participants from Kurbingui Youth Development Ltd, Family Wellbeing Services



Practice Standards Workshops and Supervision Framework Training Snapshot from May 2017 to current:


Participants = over 330
Organisations = 27 (26 QATSICPP member organisations and 1 external)

Below chart shows, of the 330, 253 reported position titles






Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.  For more information about workshops in your area, please visit

Participants from the National Suicide Prevention trial, for LGBTQI front line workers and community people supported through Diverse Voices.



Insight Alcohol & other Drug Training & Workforce Development Queensland 

Mental Health Professional Network

Emerging Minds


True (Family Planning Queensland)

Winangali Marumali

Gallang Place Education & Training

Scholarships Opportunities

Indigenous Commonwealth Education and Accommodation Scholarships


On the 4th September 2018, Candice Butler, QATSICPPs Senior Practice Leader had the privilege of presenting a keynote presentation to the Sunshine Coast Community Partnerships Day. The day focussed on the National Child Protection Week theme of “Play Your Part”.

Candice took the opportunity to focus her presentation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Self-determination in Child Protection.

As part of delivering her presentation, Candice provided delegates with information on the importance of self-determination in child protection, these are as follows:

  • For Participation and leadership – this is critical to improving outcomes;
  • To ensure that the best interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is at the heart of the work that we do;
  • To ensure that there is continuity of children’s cultural identity;
  • To ensure that there is continuity of family and community relationships; and,
  • To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to quality health care and that there social and emotional wellbeing is paramount.

In Queensland the following initiatives have occurred to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in child protection:

  • The inclusion of the Additional Principles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children – Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) s5c(1)
  • The inclusion of the five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles in the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) s5c(2)
  • The process of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making
  • The real opportunity that Active Efforts can have in relation to best practice in Child Protection.

Candice concluded her presentation with the following quote:

“For me at the end of the day, I’m not only accountable to QATSICPP and our member services but I’m accountable to the following people:

I’m accountable to both of my grandparents because they have left a legacy where I need to ensure that the voices of our elders are included in all areas.I’m accountable to my best friends, Cass and Michelle because mind my French they will call out my bullshit when I’m not seeking the input and advice from others; and,Last but by no means least I’m accountable to all of my extended family to make sure that I am a vehicle to showcase the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in child protection”.

Thank-you to the Sunshine Coast Regional Child Protection Week committee for allowing Candice Butler the opportunity to present at this important event.

Family Participation Program and Family Wellbeing teams from across the state attended 5 day Family Led Decision Making training courses in Rockhampton, Brisbane, Townsville, Ipswich and Cairns in October and November 2018.

Training was coordinated by SNAICC and delivered in partnership with AbSec (NSW) Registered Training Organisation to support frontline workers to empower families, their support networks and their communities to make choices and take action that keep children safe and connected to family, community and culture.

Participants who had successfully completed training also achieved certification in “Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety (CHCDIV02)”, and “Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management (CHCCSM005)”.

Participants stated that they enjoyed the training activities because they were able to practice what will be expected of them in their new roles in a safe learning environment.

This included practicing how to explain to a family what family led decision making is, and how to re-write the script in decision making processes to promote the voice and choice of family, including children’s voices.

“The workshop covered knowledge areas necessary for me to feel more confident facilitating FLDM”, a Brisbane participant explained.

Key changes in the Child Protection Amendment Act 2017 that enable strengthening cultural authority and leadership of families and communities include the right to self-determination and applying all five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: Prevention, Participation, Partnership, Placement and Connection.

One participant explained that training “allowed safe space for conversations and to explore both the macro and micro implications of the changes”.

Mixing up teams from various organisations, as shown in the photo on the bank of the Fitzroy River, allowed the sharing of practice wisdom between participants in a collaborative learning journey.

An air of excitement was strongly felt for what the future will bring as family participation grows stronger and a shift of power occurs.

(Submitted by Eva Ruggiero, SNAICC, Nov 2018)

  • Child Protection Environment


    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak


    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.