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S O U T H E R N D O W N S C H I L D A N D F A M I L Y C E N T R E

gratitude!

M O N T H L Y N E W S L E T T E R

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !

OUR TEAM

HAS GROWN

We're now a '4 practice team' office; check

out our new 'Who's Who' plus meet the

newest members of our team

Words matter

Learn how using trauma informed language can

positively shape the way a child sees themselves and

how others interact with them

PLUS

You're invited to

our Open Day

High Tea; Come

and meet our

crew, take a tour

of our new office,

plus more

I S S U E 1 7 • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2


Acknowledgment

We respectfully acknowledge the

First Australians as the

traditional custodians of this

country. We recognise their

connection to land, sky, wind,

water and community, and pay our

respects to Elders past and

present. We extend that respect

to our Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander carers,

colleagues, and partner agencies.

In our work, and in the care we

provide, we pay attention to the

urgent need to ensure that all

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander children and young

people are connected to family,

community, culture and country,

and that work continues to reduce

the harrowing overrepresentation

of Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander children

and families in our local child

protection system.


CONTENTS

4

HELLO! AND WELCOME

5

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH

6

7

8

10

11

OUR WHEREABOUTS

MESSAGE FROM OUR ACTING CHIEF

PRACTITIONER ABOUT COVID-19

VACCINATIONS

WORDS MATTER: USING TRAUMA

INFORMED LANGUAGE

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR OPEN DAY HIGH

TEA

MEET THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF OUR

TEAM

14

WHERE TO REACH OUT FOR HELP

15

EDUCATION MATTERS: SUPPORT FOR

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE

17

INCREASES TO CARER ALLOWANCES

19

THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA DAY

21

EVOLVE (TOOWOOMBA) TRAINING

CALENDAR


Hello!

And welcome.

Happy New Year and welcome to the January issue of our monthly newsletter, Gratitude! Well, 2022 is well

underway, and what a start to the year it's been. I hope you and your families are all staying safe in the current

COVID-19 climate. We know being a carer is a tough job at the best of times, so appreciate that for many of you,

your role has been made even tougher with the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the community,

including in your families. Please know we are here to help, so be sure to reach out if you need additional support.

Thanks for your patience at the beginning of the year while we made changes to how we manage family

connections (contacts), home visits and departmental meetings during January. These changes have enabled us

to continue to provide critical statutory child protection services to children and families, but in a way that reduces

the further transmission of COVID-19. Our priorities will always be the health and wellbeing of the children and

young people we support, their families, along with the health and wellbeing of our amazing foster and kinship

carers and our hard-working staff.

The current COVID situation is a very timely reminder to ensure children and young people in care are vaccinated.

On page 7, we have reproduced a letter recently sent out by our Acting Chief Practitioner about children getting

vaccinated, including those children now aged 5—11 years.

This month we move to being a 'four practice team' office. With most of our new Child Safety Officer positions now

filled (yay), and with Rachel Doherty as our newly recruited permanent fourth Senior Team Leader, we transition

to our new team structure the week of 10th January 2022. Head to page 24 for our new and updated

organisational chart. And meet the newest members of our team—we introduce you to Amanda, Alicia, and Udur,

and share a little bit about them, and why they do what they do.

In the rest of this Issue:

we share an excellent resource from the Australian Childhood Foundation on why the words we use when we

talk about children and young people really do matter;

we invite our foster and kinship carers to our Open Day High Tea coming up in March;

we again share some excellent, FREE learning opportunities for carers coming up with the Evolve Toowoomba

team;

plus lots more!

Happy reading, and until next month...thanks for caring, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Shane Doré

My pronouns are He / Him and this is why they are important

Manager

Southern Downs Child and Family Centre


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Contact us

Call us (07) 3294 2700

Foster and Kinship Carer priority line (07) 3294 2702

Child Safety After Hours Service Centre Freecall 1800 177 135

Email us sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au

Visit us Yuggera & Ugarabul Country, Ripley Town Centre,

Level 1, 20 Main Street, Ripley, Queensland, 4306

Write to us PO Box 4292, Raceview, Queensland, 4305

Please note:

Our Southern Downs CFC phone lines (including mobile phones) are opened during

business hours only.

The Southern Downs CFC staff are offline and unavailable

Wednesdays 9:30am-11:00am; and

Thursdays 9:00am-1:00pm.

Our newsletter

Gratitude is a monthly newsletter produced by the staff of the Southern

Downs Child and Family Centre to share important and useful

information about us and the work we do with our Foster and Kinship

Carers, the agencies that support them, and everyone else across our

catchment.

Our workgroup

We are the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural

Affairs' newest 'service centre', and are located in our new premises at

the Ripley Town Centre.

We are an 'ongoing intervention' child and family centre, and are staffed

by a team of 40 highly qualified and experienced staff across the

professional and administrative streams. Importantly, we also support

and work alongside around 150 volunteer foster and kinship carers

(that's you!), all of whom have opened their homes and hearts to care for

some of our most vulnerable children and young people. Our catchment is

a vast one, covering part of Ipswich and the Scenic Rim in the east, and

much of the Southern Downs and Granite Belt in the west.

We recognise and appreciate the invaluable contribution made by foster

and kinship carers to the lives of children and young people in care.

Caring for some of our most vulnerable Queenslanders, keeping them

safe and helping them to be the best they can be, is a big job and no one

can do it on their own. After all, it takes a village, right? Our commitment is

to work together with you, in partnership, to deliver the best possible

outcomes for our children, young people, as well as their families.


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Our whereabouts in January / February

Name Melissa Hill, Senior Practitioner

Leave 16 December 2021 - 14 January 2022

Contact Shane Doré - Shane.Dore@cyjma.qld.gov.au (Manager)

Name Kayla Grills, Child Safety Officer

Leave 22 December 2021 - 12 January 2022

Contact Rachel Doherty - Rachel.Doherty@cyjma.qld.gov.au (Senior

Team Leader)

Name Tery Valencia, Senior Team Leader

Leave 23 December 2021 - 1 February 2022

Contact Before 12 January, please contact Shane Doré -

Shane.Dore@cyjma.qld.gov.au (Manager); From 12 January, Emily

Green - Emily.Green@cyjma.qld.gov.au (A/Senior Team Leader)

Name Toni Hay, Child Safety Officer

Leave 4 January 2022 - 24 January 2022

Contact Before 12 January, please contact the centre at

sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au or on (07) 3294 2700; From 12

January, Emily Green - Emily.Green@cyjma.qld.gov.au (A/Senior

Team Leader)

Name Leah Holmes, Child Safety Officer

Leave 4 January 2022 - 25 January 2022

Contact Karen Hughes - Karen.Hughes@cyjma.qld.gov.au (Senior

Team Leader)

Name Karen Hughes, Senior Team Leader

Leave 14 January 2022 - 21 January 2022

Contact Melissa Hill - Melissa.Hill@cyjma.qld.gov.au (A/Manager)

Name Shane Doré, Manager

Leave 24 January 2022 - 21 February 2022

Contact Melissa Hill - Melissa.Hill@cyjma.qld.gov.au (A/Manager)

Name Alannah West, Child Safety Officer

Leave 11 February 2022 - 22 February 2022

Contact Tery Valencia - Tery.Valencia@cyjma.qld.gov.au (Senior

Team Leader)


Important message to parents, and foster and

kinship carers, about COVID-19 and vaccinations

From Acting Chief Practitioner, Leanne Black

Dear parents, foster and kinship carers,

From 10 January 2022, children five and over are

eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. It is our priority to do

all we can to keep children in care safe and well, so it is

crucial that they are vaccinated. To find the nearest

vaccination location, go to covid19vaccine.qld.gov.au.

Our Child Safety Officers will support all children and

young people aged five years old and over to be

vaccinated. As parents and carers, I hope someone has

spoken to you about this plan. Please reach out to your

child safety office if you have any questions. If you have

concerns about the vaccination, please visit the

Australian Government Department of Health website

or the Queensland Health website for the information

you need.

I want to reiterate the steps departmental staff have

been asked to take to keep children safe and well

during the pandemic.

Consent

Where a young person is capable of making an

informed decision about their immunisation, this will be

respected.

Queensland Health’s Guide to Young Person Informed

Consent gives some general guidance around informed

consent guidelines for different age groups:

Young people aged 12—17 years ‘may be Mature

Minors/Gillick competent. This means that a young

person may be able to give consent for vaccination.

This is dependent on the individual young person’.

Children aged 5—11 years ‘cannot be Mature

Minors/Gillick competent. This means that a child

cannot give consent for vaccination’.

If the child cannot consent, the child’s carer or

residential care worker can sign a consent form on their

behalf if they are subject to the Chief Executive’s

guardianship. If a parent retains guardianship, we will

ask that you [i.e., the child's parent] sign this for your

child (if the child cannot consent themselves) and if you

are worried about the vaccine, we can arrange for you

to discuss this with a GP.

For those parents who retain guardianship and will not

sign the consent form for children who cannot consent

themselves, Child Safety will ask a health practitioner

to assess the suitability of the child receiving the vaccine

and administer the vaccine using the authority of the Child

Protection Act 1999, section 97(3) (Request to medically

examine or treat a child) if this is assessed to be in their

best interest. I encourage you to discuss your concerns

with your child safety officer and a doctor. Current expert

medical advice is clear that the vaccine is safe and

appropriate for children and young people five years and

older and therefore the department accepts this advice.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services

We acknowledge that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait

Islander children and young people may feel much more

comfortable receiving their vaccine from an Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander Health Service and this will be

facilitated as requested.

As the safety of young people in care is our highest

priority, the department’s position is firm. All eligible

young people should be vaccinated to keep them safe and

healthy. As parents and carers, and the people who are so

very important to young people, I encourage you to assist

with this and for yourself to be vaccinated.

Keep informed

We will continue to provide information on COVID-19

through:

Department website

Carer Connect app

Foster and kinship care service providers.

If you have any questions and need to talk to your Child

Safety Officer, please email them in the first instance.

Alternatively, you can call your child safety service centre

or contact the Foster and Kinship Carer Support Line on

1300 729 309.

It’s important that you continue to follow health advice to

stay safe and well. For up-to-date Queensland COVID-19

information, please visit the Queensland Health website.

Warm regards

Leanne Black

Acting Chief Practitioner

Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural

Affairs

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WORDS MATTER

Last month, the Australian Childhood

Foundation released this excellent, informative

guide to using trauma-informed language to

help shift how we speak about vulnerable

children and young people, including how we

represent them in our written work.

In this Australian Childhood Foundation blog

post by Sue Buratti, she writes that as "Our

words are very powerful, they can be used to

advocate [for] or undermine those we are

representing. How we portray children and

young people in our documentation [e.g., emails,

case notes, etc] can characterise them in a

negative way which inadvertently ignores their

trauma experience and their deep desire to be

seen, heard and valued."

She goes onto say that, "Seeing a child’s

behaviour without considering their histories

can lead to deficit-focused writing which limits

hope and creates documentation awash with

negative labels. The trauma-sensitive practice

invites us to represent them in a way that

evokes an understanding of how behaviour is an

attempt at seeking connection, rather than it

representing a deficiency in the child."

The accompanying Words Matter: Trauma

Sensitive Language with Children guide has

some excellent suggestions for alternatives to

negative words when representing children’s

experiences of trauma. For example, we might

label a child's behaviour as disrespectful and

rude, but what might be happening in for that

child is that they are: experiencing an urge to

push bad feelings away, or testing the strength

of connection, or seeking belonging with their

peers, or feeling a sense of shame, or

experiencing a sense of danger.

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WORDS MATTER CONT'D

Instead of using negatively-charged words like

'disrespectful' and 'rude', more preferable

language might be words that describe what /

how the child is feeling, such as: distressed, or

afraid, or frustrated, or uncertain, or

threatened.

In the Words Matter resource, behaviour is

described as an expression of the way children

and young people have experienced past

relationships. They show their hurt and pain

through what they do. The way that the

behaviour is described can shape the way they

see themselves and the way that others interact

with them. We should use language that

positively interprets their needs and suggest

ways that children and young people can be

better connected to the important people in

their lives.

The article and accompanying resource can be

found on the Australian Childhood Foundation's

Prosody Blog, along with a host of other articles

and stories dedicated to research and practice

with children and young people.

Let us know what you think

If you've got some ideas about how we all can

better represent children's experiences of

trauma, let us know at

sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au.

We'd love to hear from you, and to know what

you think!

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T o o u r V a l u e d F o s t e r a n d K i n s h i p C a r e r s

T H E S T A F F O F T H E

S O U T H E R N D O W N S C H I L D & F A M I L Y C E N T R E

I N V I T E Y O U T O O U R

Open Day

High Tea

MEET OUR CHILD & FAMILY CENTRE TEAM

TAKE A TOUR OF OUR NEW OFFICE

PLUS MORE

Thursday • March 10th, 2022 • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Southern Downs Child & Family Centre

Yuggera & Ugarabul Country

Ripley Town Centre

Level 1 20 Main Street

Ripley, Queensland

RSVPs are essential as numbers are limited due COVID-19 requirements.

Please email sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au by COB Monday, March 7th, 2022.


Meet the newest members of our

Southern Downs CFC team

Say hello to Amanda, Alicia, and Udur who have recently joined our Southern Downs Child and Family

Centre team.

AMANDA ANDREWS

What is your role?

I’m an Administration Officer in the

Business Support Team. I am still

learning my role, however, so far I’m

thoroughly enjoying it, and I work

with a great supportive team.

How long have you worked for

CYJMA?

I have worked with Child Safety now

for less than 2 weeks!

Why do you do your role?

I’ve just moved to Queensland from

the NT and my work in the NT really

made me realise my passion is helping

others, and children/young people in

particular.

What part of your role makes you

smile?

Making others smile, and knowing I

am making a difference.

What difference do you hope you

can achieve?

Positivity! There is so much negativity

and stresses in the world at the

moment, so to make a positive

difference to just one person’s life

would mean a lot.

Do you have a favourite quote to

share?

"If you think you’re too small to make a

difference, try going to bed with a

mosquito in the room."

—Dalai Lama

ALICIA HODGES

What is your role?

My name is Alicia and I am a Child

Safety Officer with the Southern

Downs Child and Family Centre. I am

working in Karen Hughes' team.

Amanda Andrews, Administration Officer

Southern Downs Child & Family Centre

How long have you worked for

CYJMA?

I am new to Child Safety, beginning

this role at the start of 2022. Before

this, I worked in the disability sector.

Why do you do your role?

Being a Child Safety Officer is an

important role as it can impact the

lives of many. I want to work with

children, parents and carers to best

support and inspire positive

outcomes. I want to see every child

safe, loved and cared for.

What part of your role makes you

smile?

Working alongside my supportive

team, as well as seeing positive

results for the community of children

we work with, is what makes me

smile.

Alicia Hodges, Child Safety Officer

Southern Downs Child & Family Centre

What difference do you hope you can

achieve?

As a Child Safety Officer, I will be

reliable and value the relationships I

have with the children and families

who I work with. I am a Child Safety

Officer who values cultural identity

and will always acknowledge the

Traditional Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander Owners, and work to

improve my understanding and

connection with the various cultures

in this beautiful country. I also hope to

grow my knowledge and practice

across the disability space, so that I

can best support the children and

families I work with.

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Do you have a favourite quote that

you would like to share?

"Let us be the crazy ones, the ambitious

ones, the ones who see beyond the limits

of today."

—Ertharin Cousin

UDUR INTAN

What is your role?

I’m a Child Safety Officer and I’m in

Tery Valencia’s team.

How long have you worked for

CYJMA?

I just started on 6th January 2022.

Why do you do your role?

Similar to my previous role in the

community and health services

sector, no two days will ever be the

same. There will be continuous

learning and this will keep my brain

moving at a pace and, of course, it’s all

driven by my heart; my passion for

making a difference and achieving

change. For me, it is an absolute

Have you downloaded the Carer

Connect app?

Carer Connect is a web and mobile friendly app that has been

developed to provide carers with improved and secure access to

information and support, when and where they need it.

Carers who have children and young people staying with them as a

primary and/or respite placement can view relevant information and

documentation to gain an understanding of how the needs of the

children in their care can best be supported.

Information available may include:

Placement agreement and Authority to Care

medical information, e.g. serious health condition alert, health

passport and immunisations

Child Safety contact information, including after-hours phone

number

type of child protection order and expiry date

cultural information

current education information.

In addition to viewing child and carer entity information, carers can:

upload pictures of their home and family that can be shown to

children when they are transitioning to a new placement

view noticeboard articles that announce everything from

training and social events to legislation changes

make contributions to the life story for children and young

people in their care using kicbox

view and build children and young people’s “Who am I” profile –

valuable information about their likes, dislikes, strengths and

their routine

submit claims for Child Related Costs reimbursements for

children and young people currently in their care and which have

been pre-approved by the department.

Visit the Carer Connect site to register or download 'Carer Connect

QLD' from the Apple store or Google Play.

Udur Intan, Child Safety Officer

Southern Downs Child & Family Centre

privilege to be involved in a child or

family’s life at what will often be a

crisis point, and I will always feel

honoured to be in such a position.

What part of your role makes you

smile?

To protect children and strengthen

families to reach their goals and also

from a little thing like hearing the

children’s wishes, laugh with them

and whatever I can do to make their

day at least a bit better.

What difference do you hope you can

achieve?

The difference that I hope I can

achieve is making sure the children

are heard and their cultural identity is

preserved.

Do you have a favourite quote to

share?

"If there’s a will, there’s a way."

—Unknown

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West Moreton District.

THE MORE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

A CHILD HAS, THE MORE LIKELY S/HE

WILL BE TO RECOVER FROM TRAUMA

AND THRIVE. RELATIONSHIPS ARE

THE AGENTS OF CHANGE, AND THE

MOST POWERFUL THERAPY IS

HUMAN LOVE.

Bruce Perry

Southern Downs

Child & Family Centre.

Department of Children, Youth Justice, & Multicultural Affairs.

South West Region.


Who to reach out to for help.

Being a volunteer carer for a vulnerable child or young person, keeping

them safe and helping them to be the best they can be, is a big job and no

one can do it on their own. So, in addition to your own people in your

safety and support network, as well as your child's and young person's

Child Safety Officer, here's some key contacts that you can call on for

support.

oneplace

Community

Services Directory

oneplace is an easily accessible

directory of community support

services to help Queensland

families to get to the right service

at the right time.

From parenting groups and classes

to domestic and family violence

support services, oneplace is the

go-to resource for children,

families, community members and

professionals looking to find local

support in Queensland.

There are more than 58,000

records listed in oneplace and this

is growing every day. When you’re

looking for local support services,

come back to oneplace, where

you’ll find up-to-date and

comprehensive listings.

oneplace will highlight all the

information you need to know—the

distance from your current location

to a service, the cost of a service

and any eligibility requirements.

The best part is that oneplace is

easy to use. You don’t have to have

swallowed a dictionary to get a

result because oneplace searches

the simple terms we use every day.

While your network of friends and

family is a logical first place to seek

support and advice, there’s also an

enormous amount of help available

from support services in the

community.

Important contact numbers.

Your Foster & Kinship Carer Agency

The foster and kinship carer agency you are affiliated with is there to

support you in your role as a carer, as well as your learning and

development needs. Many of these agencies also provide an on-call

service for after-hours phone support and advice.

Foster & Kinship Carer Support Line - 1300 729 309

The team at the Foster and Kinship Carer Support Line are experienced

foster and kinship care workers who value and appreciate the voluntary

and challenging role that foster and kinship carers undertake. The staff

there have years of experience working with foster and kinship carers

and the specialist knowledge to support them during difficult times. You

can contact them on 1300 729 309 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

Child Safety After Hours Service Centre - 1300 681 513

The Child Safety After Hours Service Centre (CSAHSC) provides afterhours

support, 7 days a week, for situations requiring an immediate

response. As a carer, you may need to call the CSAHSC if, for example, a

child or young person in your care goes missing, or needs urgent medical

attention that requires parental consent (where the parent is the child’s

guardian). You can contact the CSAHCS on 1300 681 513.

Parentline - 1300 301 300

This free service provides advice and counselling about any issue that

affects you as a parent/carer. You can contact them on 1300 301 300

from 8:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week for the cost of a local call (mobile

phone charges may apply).

Other help is available too.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family

violence, call:

Womensline 1800 811 811

Mensline 1800 600 636

1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732

If you need mental health support, call:

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Lifeline 131 114

Mensline Australia 1300 789 978

If your child or young person needs mental health support, they can call:

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Headspace 1800 650 890

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Education matters: support for

children & young people in care

Children and young people in care often experience poor educational and life outcomes compared

to other children, but support is available

Education is important in building a

strong foundation for children,

leading to greater opportunities in

adulthood. Children in care generally

start with a level of disadvantage

when compared to their peers and

the consequences of a lack of

achievement at school can be far

reaching. Their exposure to trauma

is recognised as a key contributor to

this and can mean that the normal

cognitive, emotional and social skills

required to function effectively in a

learning environment can be

challenging for traumatised children.

It is the responsibility of both

CYJMA and the Department of

Education to provide children in care

with opportunities to overcome

their adversity and help them

achieve. As the child's carer, you,

too, have a very important role in

promoting and supporting their

educational aspirations, progress

and achievements.

Schooling years

A child is considered to be of

compulsory school age from six

years and six months, until they turn

16 or complete Year 10, whichever

comes first. The preparatory year

(prep) is the first year of school. It is

compulsory for children to

undertake prep prior to Year 1.

Enrolling a child at a school

Selecting a school for a child in care

or changing a child’s school, is a

significant decision and will be made

by the child’s guardian. This means:

if the child is in care as a result

of a care agreement, an

assessment order or a custody

order from the Childrens Court

(including an interim custody

order), the child’s parents retain

legal guardianship. If the parents

are unable or unwilling to make

a decision about the child’s

school, the Southern Downs

Child and Family Centre Senior

Team Leader is able to then

make the decision

if the child is on a guardianship

order to Child Safety, the Senior

Team Leader is authorised to

decide which school the child

attends.

In consultation and partnership with

you and others, the Senior Team

Leader will generally consider

information such as:

continuity of schooling

nature of any educational

disruption previously

experienced

the child’s views

the needs of the child and which

school can best meet these

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needs

intended length of the care

arrangement (placement)

practical considerations such as

transport, as well as which

schools other children in the

carer household are attending.

For children with complex learning

or behavioural needs, the

Department of Education will likely

advise on the school that can best

respond to and support the child’s

needs.

Generally, a child in care will attend

public schooling, unless exceptional

circumstances exist and a private

school has been assessed as the

most appropriate response to the

child’s educational needs. We do

take the view that our public

education system here in

Queensland is world class, and that

this should always be our first point

of call when exploring schooling

options for children and young

people in care. Further, the

Department of Education receives

significant funding from our own

department to support their ability

to meet the educational and

schooling needs of children and

young people in care. We will

generally only consider a private

school for a child in a long-term

placement, and where:

the child was attending the

private school prior to entering

care and the child is not

changing schools

other children in the same carer

household are attending the

private school

educational facilities in remote

communities do not extend

beyond Year 10 and attendance

at boarding school is required in

order to complete Year 11 and

12.

As part of the enrolment process,

state schools require a completed

enrolment form and an interview

with a senior school officer. If you

are enrolling the child, you will need

to produce the Authority to Care

form and/or a copy of the current

Child Protection Order, as well as

medical information about the child.

If it is the first time the child has

been enrolled in a Queensland

school, a copy of their birth

certificate may also be required. If

you don’t have these

documents/information, this will

not delay the child’s enrolment or

commencement at school. Ask your

Child Safety Officer to assist in

providing the required information

to the school.

Education support plans

Every child in care who is on an

interim or final Child Protection

Order granting custody or

guardianship to Child Safety and

enrolled in a state or non-state

school, will have an Education

Support Plan (ESP). The development

of the ESP is led by the child’s

school who will arrange a formal

meeting inviting the child (if they are

old enough), you as the child’s carer,

the Child Safety Officer and other

people who are important in the

child’s life.

The ESP will be reviewed, at a

minimum, every 12 months (many

schools review them every six

months). It is a working document

and can be updated as the needs of

the child change or when there is a

change of school.

The child's ESP identifies:

the child’s educational goals

strategies to achieve those goals

resources that are required and

available

who is responsible for

implementing the strategies

monitoring and reviewing

progress

and includes:

subjects being studied

the child’s participation in

subjects

achievement levels

areas of improvement and what

may benefit the child such as:

literacy and numeracy

tutoring

music and drama classes

homework centres

recovery reading

extension programs

behaviour management plans

and processes

social and emotional wellbeing,

including:

school support staff

buddies

other support programs.

As noted earlier, Child Safety

provides significant funding to the

Department of Education to support

the needs of children in care, as

identified in their Education Support

Plan. It's important that if you have

any concerns or worries about your

child's educational needs, or the

support they are receiving at school,

that you discuss these with the

child's school and their Child Safety

Officer, and that these needs—and

the plan for how these needs are to

be met—are documented in the

child's ESP.

For more information, email your

child's Child Safety Officer, or send

us your questions or any comments

you may have through to

sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au.

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Increase to carer payments and allowances from

January 1st

January 1st will see a slight increase to all carer

payments and allowances, which are indexed at the

beginning of each year in line with the consumer

price index (CPI).

Fortnightly caring allowance

The fortnightly caring allowance is the base payment

provided to all approved carers when providing direct

care for a child cared for under the Child Protection

Act 1999. It is also paid to long‐term guardians and

permanent guardians who were approved carers for

the child prior to being granted long‐term

guardianship. It is paid fortnightly in arrears, at

different rates depending on the age of the child.

While the allowance may not cover all costs

associated with caring for a child, it is expected to

help meet the day-to-day costs of caring.

Young people aged 18 years

To support a young person 's transition to adulthood,

Child Safety will pay the fortnightly caring allowance

to all approved carers, as well as to long‐term

guardians and permanent guardians, when they are

caring for a young person who has turned 18 – up

until they reach 19 years – regardless of their

education status.

Need more information?

For further information on carer allowances, as well

as other money-related matters for foster and kinship

carers, head over to the Queensland Government's

Money Matters page. For all other queries, reach out

to your Child Safety Officer or get in touch with the

Southern Downs CFC Business Support Team at

sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au.

Fortnightly Caring Allowance rates schedule for 2022

Base Carer Allowance 2021 rate 2022 rate

Start-up allowance: Age 0-18 $109.20 $113.54

Establishment Payments: All Ages $545.02 $566.30

Fortnightly Caring Allowance: Age 0-5 $505.82 $525.56

Fortnightly Caring Allowance: Age 6-10 $545.02 $566.30

Fortnightly Caring Allowance: Age 11 & over $592.34 $615.44

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Department of Children, Youth Justice, & Multicultural Affairs.

West Moreton District.

"ALL

BEHAVIOUR IS

COMMUNICATION,

INCLUDING OURS.

THE REAL

QUESTION IS,

WHAT IS OUR

BEHAVIOUR

COMMUNICATING

TO OUR

CHILDREN?"

L R KNOST

Southern Downs

Child & Family Centre.

South West Region.


26th January: The

history of Australia Day

By Shane Doré

Manager

Southern Downs Child and Family Centre

The conversation surrounding the

changing of the date for Australia

Day has picked up a lot of pace in

recent years. While many

Australians continue to mark

January 26th with plenty of festivity

and celebration, more and more are

now seeing and understanding why

the date is of such significance for

many Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people, and why 26th

January has now become widely

known as Invasion Day.

Despite a fairly steadfast belief

among many Australians that

Australia Day has always been

celebrated on 26th January, this is

actually not the case. Australia Day

wasn't consistently celebrated on

26th January as a public holiday in

all states and territories until 1994

—that's less than 30 years ago—even

though the name 'Australia Day'

dates back to the early 1900s.

The actual date itself back in 1788

marked the raising of the Union

Jack in Sydney Cove and the official

declaration of British sovereignty

on the land that would become

known as Australia. Captain Arthur

Phillip didn't actually land in

Australia on 26th January; rather,

he first arrived between the 18th

and 20th of January (1788) in

Botany Bay, but because of a lack of

fresh water there, this saw him sail

into Sydney Cove on the 26th.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people, though, 26th

January has come to mark the

beginning of the end of what they

had known for 60,000+ years, and

the reason why today, this day in

January represents a day of

mourning for so many.

If you’re keen to hear what many

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people think and feel

about Australia Day, then I

encourage you to watch this

powerful, but brief clip (just 2

minutes 55 seconds). Please note

that the content in the clip may

contain the names and images of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people who have passed

away.

On 26th January this year, I pay my

respects to all Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander people—

Elders past and present, children

and families we work alongside,

foster and kinship carers,

colleagues from partner agencies

and community controlled

organisations, CYJMA colleagues,

as well as my staff—recognising

that First Nations sovereignty was

never ceded, and that for many,

26th January will be marked by

feelings of sorrow and sadness.

3-minute

introduction to FASD

If you're looking for a short

introduction to Foetal Alcohol

Spectrum Disorders (FASD), then this

3-minute video from Canadian based

The Assante Centre is a great place to

start. There are also links to other

helpful, informative resources, albeit

from a Canadian context. NOFASD

Australia also have some great

resources on FASD, including these

30 Evidence-based FASD Facts for

Health Professionals.

Understanding

intergenerational

trauma

The Healing Foundation has this 4-

minute animated video on

intergenerational trauma and how it

predominantly affects children,

grandchildren and future generations

of the Stolen Generations. If people

don’t have the opportunity to heal

from past trauma, they may

unknowingly pass it on to others.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander peoples, the history of forced

removals, policies such as racial

assimilation, socially sanctioned

racism and violence, and grief over the

loss of land and culture have all

contributed to intergenerational

trauma.

The cumulative effect of historical and

intergenerational trauma severely

reduces the capacity of Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander peoples to fully

and positively participate in their lives

and communities, leading to

widespread disadvantage.

If you'd like to learn and know more,

head to Australians Together and this

really informative article on

intergenerational trauma, and why for

many Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islanders, it's not simply a case of

'getting over it' and 'moving on'.

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Kindy Counts.

Let's Connect!

Your local kindergarten is looking forward to

welcoming you in 2022!

LEARNING

A successful

connection to

kindergarten is all

about LEARNING,

WELLBEING and

BELONGING

Children are always learning

Kindergarten provide a place for children to come

together to play and learn

Educators are skilled and experienced in building on the

strengths and interests of children to support learning,

wellbeing and development

WELLBEING

Connection is essential to wellbeing

Kindergarten provides a place to reconnect together -

reconnecting friendships and relationships,

reconnecting routines

BELONGING

Everyone (children, families, educators) working

together

Kindergarten provides a place for everyone's voice to be

heard to support learning and development

Educators understand that transitions take time and are

unique for each child and family

Educators will help children to feel safe and secure in

the kindergarten environment

Helpful links

Kindy calculator Prep calculator Find child care Let's Yarn About Kindy

Department of Education contacts

Jo Gaudry Partnership Facilitator Metropolitan Region

Joanne.Gaudry@qed.qld.gov.au

Daniel Gardiner Principal Policy Officer Darling Downs South West Region

Daniel.Gardiner@qed.qld.gov.au

Have you enrolled

your child in a

kindergarten

program for 2022?

In partnership with our colleagues

from Department of Education, the

team here at Southern Downs CFC is

committed to ensuring 100% of

children in care eligible to be

enrolled into a quality kindergarten

program for 2022—are enrolled, and

attending.

This is in line with our State's vision

that all Queensland children will

have a great start in life, and are

supported by their families, service

providers and the wider community

to improve their life chances and

reach their full potential.

For carers with children in their care

eligible to enrol into an approved

kindergarten program for 2022—but

are not yet enrolled—someone from

our office or from Department of

Education will be in touch over the

coming first couple of weeks of

January 2022 (if they haven't been

already) to discuss your options.

If you have any questions in the

meantime though, please reach out

to your child's Child Safety Officer,

or contact your local Department of

Education representative.

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Southern Downs

Child & Family Centre.

Department of Children, Youth Justice, & Multicultural Affairs.

South West Region.

Call us (07) 3294 2700

West Moreton District.

Child Safety After Hours Service Centre 1800 177 135

Email us sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au

Our people.

Visit us Yuggera & Ugarabul Country, Ripley Town Centre,

Level 1, 20 Main Street, Ripley, Queensland, 4306

Shane

DORÉ

Manager

Tia

HEAD

Senior Child

Safety Support

Officer

Kate

HILLIER

Business

Officer

Melissa

HILL

Senior

Practitioner

Elizabeth

WALSH

Child Safety

Officer

COMMENCING

17.1.22

TIA

HEAD

Ilyshah

Support Officer

BEAZLEY

3294 2738

Child Safety

Tia.Head@

Officer

Senior Child Safety

COMMENCING

6.1.22

Udur

ITAN

Child Safety

Officer

Jordyn

WATTS

Administration

Officer

Letitia

HUNT

A/Administrative

Officer

Pamela

FISHER

Cultural Practice

Advisor

Suzanne

CARTER

Cultural Practice

Advisor

Clare

GOODEY

Child Safety

Officer

Toni

HAY

Child Safety

Officer

Alannah

WEST

Child Safety

Officer

Katherine

HIRST

Administration

Officer

Amanda

ANDREWS

Administration

Officer

Natalie

VAN PELT

Child Safety

Officer

Kam

RAJPAL

Child Safety

Officer

Tery

VALENCIA

Senior Team

Leader

Charles

EDET

Child Safety

Officer

Uni

LAUBUKA

Child Safety

Officer

Mira

BOJIC

Child Safety

Support

Officer

Veronica

RILEY

Child Safety

Officer

COMMENCING

6.1.22

Alicia

HODGES

Child Safety

Officer

Karen

HUGHES

Senior Team

Leader

Rachel

DOHERTY

Senior Team

Leader

Sarah

LOVETT

Child Safety

Officer

Jody

STEPHEN

Child Safety

Officer

Molly

CHOYCE

A/Child Safety

Support

Officer

Recruitment

UNDERWAY

Child Safety Officer

(PO3)

(Permanent)

Leah

HOLMES

Child Safety

Officer

Katrina

LYE

Senior Team

Leader

Dennis

VERNER

Child Safety

Officer

Kayla

GRILLS

Child Safety

Officer

Emily

GREEN

A/Senior Child

Safety Officer

COMMENCING

10.1.22

TIA

HEAD

Rebecca

Support Officer

TEDESCO

3294 2738

Child Safety

Tia.Head@

Officer

Senior Child Safety

Recruitment

UNDERWAY

Child Safety Officer

(PO3)

(Permanent)

Leadership Team

Shane Doré

Kate Hillier

Katrina Lye

Rachel Doherty

Pamela Fisher

Tery Valencia

Melissa Hill

Karen Hughes

Suzanne Carter

COMMENCING

17.1.22

Leah

O'DWYER

Child Safety

Officer

Recruitment

UNDERWAY

Senior Child Safety

Support Officer

(AO4)

(Permanent)

Zachary

HUTHCINS

A/Child Safety

Support

Officer

Carly-

Chey

JONES

Child Safety

Officer

Kristina

WILLIS

Child Safety Officer

On Leave

Colleen

SIELAFF

Administrative Officer

On Secondment

Casey

TURVEY

Child Safety

Support Officer

On Leave

Anne-Marie

DAWID

Child Safety Officer

On Leave

Lomasi

FOGARTY

Child Safety Officer

On Secondmennt

Claire

O'KEEFE

Senior Child

Safety Officer

On Leave

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Southern Downs

Child & Family Centre.

Department of Children, Youth Justice, & Multicultural Affairs.

South West Region.

Call us (07) 3294 2700

West Moreton District.

Child Safety After Hours Service Centre 1800 177 135

Email us sdcfcadmin@cyjma.qld.gov.au

Our patch.

Visit us Yuggera & Ugarabul Country, Ripley Town Centre,

Level 1, 20 Main Street, Ripley, Queensland, 4306

Brisbane

Toowoomba

Helidon

Grantham

Gatton

Plainland

Ipswich

Southern Downs CFC

Cleveland

Giabal & Jarowair Country

Cambooya

Stockyard

Rockmount

Ma Ma Creek

Mount Whitestone

Fordsdale

Mount Sylvia

Mulgowie

Laidley

Rosewood

Yamanto

Willowbank

Ebenezer

Mutdapilly

Ripley

Springfield Central

Browns Plains

Beenleigh

Felton

East Greenmount

Greenmount

Nobby

Pilton

Hirstglen

Junction View

Black Duck Creek

East Haldon

Lefthand Branch

Thornton

Mount Haldon

Mount Mistake

Peak Crossing

Yuggera & Ugarapul Country

Merryvale

Harrisville

Warrill View

Washpool

Jimboomba

Rosevale

Milora

Radford

Milbong

Tamborine

Thanes Creek

Thane

Pratten

Wheatvale

Leslie Dam

Talgai

Clifton

Mount Marshall

Allora

Geynyan Country

The Glen

Githabul Country

Womina

QUEENSLAND

Forest Springs

Warwick

Wildash

Sladevale

Clintonvale

North Branch

Killarney

Elbow Valley

Glen Rock

State Forest

Yangan

GoomburraMain Range

National Park

Maryvale

Swanfels

Emu Vale

Moogerah Dam

The Falls

Frazerview

The Head

Aratula

Moogerah Peaks

National Park

Carneys Creek

Kalbar

Dugandan

Mount Alford

Boonah

Maroon

Mount Barney

National Park

Wyaralong

Mount Barney

Kooralbyn

QUEENSLAND

Rathdowney

NEW SOUTH WALES

Tamrookum

Lamington

National

Park

Border Ranges

National Park

Beaudesert

Ipswich CBD

Harrisville

Brisbane CBD

Boonah

Southport

Toowoomba

Warwick

Allora

Nobby

Stanthorpe

Wallangarra

Tamborine

Mountain

Canungra

Southport

Helensvale

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50 (38 mins)

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120 (1 hr 27 mins)

123 (1 hr 28 mins)

137 (1 hr 44 mins)

181 (2 hrs 10 mins)

218 (2hrs 38mins)

Brassall

Mount Magnus

Dalveen

Cottonvale

NEW SOUTH WALES

Karrabin

Wulkuraka

East Ipswich

North Booval

Bundamba

Dinmore

Redbank

Goodna

Thulimbah

Leichhardt

Ipswich

Booval

Silkstone

Collingwood Park

Applethorpe

Broadwater

Stanthorpe

Amberley

One Mile

Churchill

Yamanto

Eastern Heights

Blackstone

Raceview

Flinders View

Redbank Plains

Springfield

Kambuwal Country

Glen Aplin

Purga

Southern Downs CFC

Ripley

Swanbank

Ballandean

Eukey

Girraween

National

Park

Deebing Heights

White Rock

Springfield Central

Wallangarra

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