Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
August 2018 Publications and Resources
National Framework: Resources
- (NEW!) National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children Annual Report 2014-15 and 2015-16. DSS: here
- (NEW!) National Framework for protecting Australia's children indicators. AIHW: here
- (NEW!) Child protection Australia 2016-17. AIHW: here
- National Framework Third Action Plan 2015-18. DSS: here
- The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. DSS: here
- National Framework Evaluation Report. ACIL Allen Consulting: here
- Taking stock and moving ahead. Families Australia: here
- General information about the National Framework: here
- UN review of Australia's record on women's rights issues 90 recommendations. The Conversation:More
- Safeguarding children & young people portal provides invaluable research and resources. ACU:More
- Children as citizens – social justice in the early years. CELA:More
- Competition and contestability in the social sector - a conversation with Robert Fitzgerald AM. SVA:More
- Human-centered design can create more effective social service programs. Child Trends:More
- Self regulation expert says there's no such thing as a bad kid. ECA:More
- Women of Influence 2018 - recognising young leaders. The Herald:More
- Working with Aboriginal communities in the context of DFV. PeakCare:More
- Examining the intersection between the child protection and youth justice systems in Australia. CFCA:More
- #YouCanTalk unites national agencies in the prevention of suicide. Life In Mind:More
- Podcast, Child Abuse: Communication is key. NICE Talks:More
- Free online training for frontline workers of DFV clients experiencing tech facilitated abuse. eSafety:More
- New Childcare Package clarification – treatment of absences for transitioning enrolments. DET:More
- Using CEBC as a tool for teaching evidence-based practice. T&F online:More
- 2018 National Child Protection Week downloadable posters. NAPCAN:More
- Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme information sheets. CCYP:More
- 'This My Mob' app: a virtual place for Indigenous Australians to connect. NITV:More
- 30 sec film initiated by the Logan Community to End Domestic and Family Violence. YFS Logan:More
- National Risk Assessment Principles for DFV: quick reference guide for practitioners. ANROWS:More
- Three essential resources to help you work collaboratively. The Health Foundation:More
For Kids Sake (2018). Childhood Matters: Towards an evidence-based approach to addressing risks, harm & trauma to children from family separation and family violence. For Kids Sake.
Modecki, K., Uink, B. & Barber, B. (2018). Antisocial behaviour during the teenage years: Understanding developmental risks. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 556. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia (2018). Interim report: Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Commonwealth of Australia.
Taylor-Collins, E. (2018). Evidence for good: How charities use evidence to boost their influence and impact. Alliance for Useful Evidence.
Toivonen, C. & Backhouse, C. (2018). National Risk Assessment Principles for domestic and family violence. (ANROWS Insights 07/2018). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS
ISPCAN XXII International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect
Prague, Czech Republic. 2-5 September 2018.
Registrations now open.More
Child abuse: Why wait until it’s too late?
National Child Abuse Prevention Forum 2018
Canberra: 3 September 2018. ARACY:More
2018 Early Childhood Conference
Be the Difference for Children and Families
Sydney: 19-22 September 2018.More
Multicultural LGBTIQ Conference:Living & Loving in Diversity
Melbourne: 21-23 September 2018.More
Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference
Glasgow: 25-26 September 2018.More
The 39th Australian Family Therapy Conference
Family Therapy: Building Community and Networks
Sydney: 11-12 October 2018.More
Little People, Big Dreams: 2018 Northern Territory Children’s Learning and Development Conference
Darwin: 13 October 2018.
Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium 2018
Past. Present. Future. The Remote Possibilities!
Hobart. 15-17 October 2018.More
Women in Leadership Summit: Be inspiring, become empowered
Sydney: 15-18 October 2018
Includes pre-event training day and post-event workshop.More
Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018
Evidence, synthesis and implementation: creating impact for stronger communities around the world
Melbourne: 22-24 October 2018.Earlybird registration closes 26 August. More
Eurochild Conference 2018
Building a better Europe with children: All aboard!
Opatija, Croatia: 29-31 October 2018.More
12th International Signs of Safety Gathering
Dublin, Ireland: 6-8 November 2018.More
Youth Health Conference
Owning Future Change
Surfers Paradise: 7-9 November 2018.More
6th National Brain Injury Conference
Brisbane: 13-14 November 2018.
Call for papers closes 24 August.More
FRSA National Conference
Be the change: Leaving no one behind
Cairns: 20 Nov – 23 November 2018.More
Early bird registration closes 30 September.
Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering (hosted by The Healing Foundation and the University of Sydney)
Our Knowledge, our wisdom, our promise – For our grandchildren’s grandchildren
Sydney: 26 to 29 November 2018. More
2018 Stop Domestic Violence Conference
Gold Coast: 3-4 December 2018.
Call for abstracts closes 24 August.More
2018 Calendar of Indigenous Conferenceshere
Submit a paper for upcoming Indigenous Conferenceshere
No More Harm National Conference
Gold Coast: 25-26 March 2019.More
Early Childhood Learning & Development Conference 2019
Hosted by Child Australia
Perth: 29-30 March 2019. More
Ninth International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society
19–20 September 2019
University of California, Berkeley USA.
Call for abstracts now open.More
The Healing Foundation “Young People and Healing Resources”
The Healing Foundation has recently released resources on supporting healing for young people.
The resources are designed to support both our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and our non-Indigenous workforce to have the tools and resources to support quality healing practice.
The Healing Foundation encourages Child Protection, Juvenile Justice and Education Departments to utilise the resources/material in staff training.
Alongside the attached fact sheets, the Healing Foundation also released an animation video that is aimed at assisting the workforce and community to understand the concept of Intergenerational trauma.
The animation video is supported by a video from Professor Helen Milroy – a leading Aboriginal child and family Psychiatrist, to assist people to understand the child and family implications of trauma and how we can support healing.
Professor Milroy has a strong and supportive message about how everybody can do something, and the facts sheets are designed to assist workers to have the tools to act.
To access the link to the animation video and Professor Milroy’s video, click on:
To access a recording of the Healing Foundations webinar “Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people webinar”, click on:
For more information, please contact the Healing Foundation on 02 6272 7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Poster
The five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Poster is now available for download.
If you could like to download a copy for your office
The five core elements:
Protecting children’s rights to grow up in family, community and culture by supporting families to care safely for their children.
Ensuring the participation of community representatives in service design, delivery and individual case decisions.
Placing children in out-of-home care in accordance with the established ATSICPP placement hierarchy.
Ensuring the participation of children, parents and family members in decisions regarding the safety, belonging and wellbeing of their children.
Maintaining and supporting connection to family, community, culture and country for children in out-of-home care.
New report shows long-term disadvantage for Australia’s Stolen Generations
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes
Today the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released Australia’s first demographic and policy impact study of the Stolen Generations and their descendants.
Commissioned by The Healing Foundation, this report for the first time provides comprehensive data to illustrate the direct link between the forced removal of tens of thousands of children from their families and the real life symptoms of trauma across our families and communities, for example:
- 67% live with a disability or restrictive long-term condition,
- 70% rely on government payments as their main source of income, and
- 40% have experienced homelessness in the past 10 years.
This data is a demonstration of the lived experience of our Stolen Generations and the pain they have had to endure over a lifetime, which they have bravely and repeatedly detailed in over 19 reports. Twenty one years on from the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report there has still not been a comprehensive policy response.
The report is part of an ongoing needs analysis being led by The Healing Foundation, and involving Stolen Generations groups from around Australia. The data is being used to determine priorities for future strategies and services, as part of our Action Plan for Healing. This work was funded by the Federal Government last year and we are hopeful that it will result in the action that is desperately needed to break the trauma cycle and create healing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
I have no doubt that the information contained here will help build a broader understanding of the issues that have been created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through actions like the forced removal of children from their families. And a better understanding is the first step to creating meaningful change.
Here is the link to the report and a summary of the key findings. Please share this information with your networks. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our work and we look forward to furthering our conversation about the future work needed to support our Stolen Generations members, their descendants and communities.
The Healing Foundation
Link to summary of key findings: https://healingfoundation.org.au/app/uploads/2018/08/HF_Stolen_Gererations_2Page_Infographics_Aug2018_V1.pdf
An introduction to the Human Services Quality Framework
You may have already heard about the Human Services Quality Framework (commonly known as the HSQF), especially if you receive funding from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and/or Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (the departments).
This article provides an introduction and some tips for organisations who may need to meet the HSQF requirements.
The HSQF is a set of standards for Queensland human services that an organisation needs to meet, if they receive ongoing funding from the department/s. There are six standards within the HSQF, which cover core elements of human service delivery as well as requirements under relevant legislation, service agreements and specific programs.
There are common requirements that everyone under the HSQF has to meet, and then depending on the service types delivered, there may also be some specific additional requirements. For example, organisations that provide child protection placement services and also need to be licensed will need to address both the common requirements and then some additional specific requirements which will be used for licensing.
Some tips for organisations when first starting their HSQF journey:
- Connect with your Regional Contract Officer early on – they will be a good source of information around HSQF, and will be able to link you with relevant resources
- You will generally have 18 months from when you first receive funding from the department to meet your quality requirements – your Regional Contract Officer can help you with what those requirements are and to plan out timeframes
- Depending on the amount of funding you receive and the type of services you provide, you will either be required to complete a self-assessment only, or to go through a ‘Certification’ process
- There are a few organisations who may hold a current accreditation against another quality system which may mean they can just provide evidence of that to the department – your Regional Contract Officer will be able to talk with you more about this option
- If you need to get HSQF certification, an assessor (or assessment team, if you have lots of sites) will come out and visit your sites. These assessors work for certification bodies who have been approved by an accrediting body (known as JAS-ANZ) to work in the HSQF
- You are welcome to speak to as many of the certification bodies on the approved provider list as you would like to, to find whoever is best able to meet your needs, including budget, the makeup of the assessment team and approach they will take
- Bear in mind there are a lot of organisations that need certification so the sooner you start talking to the certification bodies, the better chance there will be of them being able to meet your needs including your preferred dates for the assessment. The most important tip we can give you is to start early!
- It is important to be aware that the HSQF is a quality assurance framework with a strong focus on continuous improvement. This means that if you don’t meet all the requirements straight away, there is time to fix any issues and your certification body will work with you around all of this
- There are supports out there who can help with preparing for and going through HSQF. These include the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), your Regional Contract Management team/s, the HSQF Team, as well as other organisations who have gone through HSQF before. Ask questions if you are unsure.
- You can also find lots of information on the internet – some good places to start include the HSQF site https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/industry-partners/funding-grants/human-services-quality-framework, the QCOSS site https://www.qcoss.org.au/and Community Door https://communitydoor.org.au/quality-assurance/human-services-quality-framework(which has lots of free templates to use)
Article provided by Sophie Tory, A/Principal Policy and Program Officer, Human Services Quality Framework