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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children


SNAICC’s 8th National Conference is being held this year at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 2-5 September.

Delegates and speakers from around the country will gather at the conference to discuss challenges and share knowledge and experiences in growing up children with strong identity, strong culture and strong connection.

Key note speakers include:

  • Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoplesand Indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines, and
  • Dr Moana Eruera, a Maori woman of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Rangiwewehi tribal descent with more than 30 years experience in social and community work including child protection, family violence prevention and Tribal research.

QATSICPP, SNAICC and Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) are teaming up to present implementation of family-led decision making across Queensland, with examples of what works well and what stands in the way of effective strategies and partnerships required to collectively address the policy and systemic changes needed to support self-determination.

Early bird registrations are now open (closing 21 June). Find out more about becoming a SNAICC member here.


Practice Standards & Supervision Framework Training

The first two series of the practice standards and supervision training workshops were held in Brisbane and Cairns. A total of 24 staff members from 5 member organisations participated. Overall the feedback from these workshops were positive and encouraging.

Practice Standards & Supervision Framework Training (Tentative Date)

Townsville                  10 – 12 June 2019
Thursday Island         18 – 20 June 2019
Mt Isa                         16 – 18 July 2019
Rockhampton            13 – 15 August 2019
Toowoomba               10 – 12 September 2019

Family Lead Decision Making Workshop

QATSICPP Senior Practice Leader and Training and Education Coordinator were invited by Aboriginal & Islander Development Recreational Women’s Association (AIDRWA), Family Participation Program staff (pictured below) to be part of a 2 day workshop focusing on, exploring and unpacking Family Lead Decision Making (FLDM).

The workshop focused on changes to legislation, what does this mean on the ground, roles, responsibilities, program, purpose, principles, processes, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander child placement principles, case study/ scenario, supervision and self-care. The 2 days was interactive, allowing plenty of time and space for discussions.

At the end of the 2 days, staff reported gaining a better understanding of FLDM process and framework child protection legislation changes, and would like more clarity around child safety’s involvement and engagement with services, especially around endorsed family plans.



From left to right: Sharn Fogerty – Family Participation Facilitator, Garry Cummins - Family Participation Facilitator, Josie Wilde - Family Participation Facilitator, Liz Toeke – Manager FPP, (not in picture: Rob Smerdon - Family Participation Facilitator)

On behalf of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd
(QATSICPP), we welcome and extend a warm invitation to you to participate
in the QATSICPP Members’ Conference 2019 and QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner from 26- 28 June 2019.

The 2019 Members’ Conference will build upon the success of the QATSICPP Members’ Conference 2018, which showcased Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector (Sector), its engagement with communities and delivery of targeted and responsive services. The QATSICPP Members’ Conference 2019 will highlight the critical milestones that have been achieved in policy, program and service delivery since the implementation of the new Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017. Sixteen (16) Member Organisations will feature and highlight the skill and expertise of our Sectors workforce, sharing knowledge and best practice examples.

The 2019 Conference is an opportunity for all delegates to engage with our Sector as it shares practice wisdom through key presentations.

Further, the 2019 Members’ Conference will be facilitated by internationally renowned, Canadian First Nations child and young people’s advocate, Professor Cindy Blackstock. Professor Blackstock will lead a Masterclass on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

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.


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:

Mark the week of 24-28 June 2019 in your calendars as a full week of events have been planned to focus on the strengths and successes of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector.

Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June 2019 - CAFWAA National Child Protection Conference

QATSICPP has partnered with PeakCare and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) to bring to Brisbane a national child protection conference.  

Wednesday 26 June 2019 - Advocacy Masterclass with Professor Cindy Blackstock

We are very excited to announce that Professor Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will deliver an Advocacy Masterclass on Wednesday 26 June 2019. Professor Blackstock has contributed her life’s work towards advocacy and representation of First Nations children and young people in Canada and the Masterclass is designed to strengthen the voice of our Sector and further encourage representation and strong advocacy under the changing legislative and policy reform.

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June 2019 - QATSICPP Members' Conference

The 2019 QATSICPP Members’ Conference will be held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June and will showcase our Sectors’ (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Wellbeing Services, Family Participation Program Services and Foster and Kinship Care Services) capacity and commitment to 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.

A ‘Call for Presentations’ will be released in the near future with a focus on sharing best practice across our Sector to allow practitioners to enhance their own practice and service and system responses by learning from each other.

7pm Friday 28 June 2019 - QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner

To round off the week, the QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner will be held on 28 June 2019 in celebration of the successes and achievements of QATSICPP and the Sector over the past 10 years. The celebrations will acknowledge key people who were integral in establishing QATSICPP and building strong foundations for the Sector.

Intended delegates for all events 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 - Registrations will be available in March 2019.

If you have any questions, or require further information, please 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.

  • 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.