Training

Our courses are run on a requirement basis, if you are a Carer and feel you would benefit from any of the courses detailed below, please contact your agency or Child Safety. If you work within the Child Protection System and feel this training would be beneficial to yourself, colleagues or carers you work with please contact Queensland Foster and Kinship Care.

*Due to significant review being undertaken in Child Safety that will impact on Kin assessments, QFKC has put this training on hold.  Once the relevant reviews are completed, QFKC will update this module to reflect these changes and will notify the sector as to when this module is available for delivery again.

Webinar Training

Please note that all live webinars will be recorded. Cameras and microphones will be turned off automatically, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat function at the end of the session, however all participants must adhere to the confidentiality provisions under the Child Protection Act which includes not asking any questions in the chat function that identifies a child or young person in care. Participants are required to ask general questions only with any specific advice to be sought via our QFKC team through contact with our QFKC office. The recorded session will be placed on our website for access to the public.

Achieving Permanency *Available from mid-July*

Currently in production is the Achieving Permanency webinar, the second of QFKC’s online training opportunities for carers and staff. In partnership with Kummara and Infinity and Community Solutions we will deliver a condensed version of QFKC’s Achieving Permanency training module which seeks to inform Foster and Kinship Care agency staff and carers about how permanency is achieved for children and young people in care.

If you wish to be advised when this webinar is available please email and you’ll be included on the waitlist.

This training will:

  • Explore the core components to permanency as being legal, physical and relational and the continuum of permanency options, recognising that permanency does not just mean long term orders under the Act, but rather goes right from reunification through to options of LTG to Other and the newly introduced Permanent Care Orders.
  • Inform attendees of all aspects of the Child Protection Act that relate to achieving permanency for children, from Principles to the Act, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Placement Principles and the core principles relating to decision making for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  
  • Explore considerations in the assessment and recommendation of orders, legislated concurrent planning, the difference between Long Term Orders and what this means in day to day care of children and obligations of Safety and Support Networks to children and young people subject to different orders.  
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of permanency in the context of the Child Protection Act and what this means in the world of caring.

Understanding QCAT and QFKC Legal Service Wed 22 June 2022

This webinar will provide information to participants about the various review rights that are able to be heard in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) that relate to decisions effecting children and young people, foster and kinship carers, adult household members and birthparents. Participants will gain a clear understanding of what decisions are actually appealable through QCAT, how to make an application and what the process of going through QCAT will look like.

QFKC will also provide information about the legal service that QFKC partners with that is available to carers for advice and in some cases representation for carers who have made applications in the QCAT space. 

The recording from the live webinar on Wednesday 18th May 2022 will be uploaded here soon.

If you require a certificate for the session download a generic certificate here > > > Certificate of Participation (Agencies may be required to confirm the learnings from the webinar through their reflections with carers).

For general enquiries about our webinars please contact us 

Standard of Care & Harm Report

This webinar is a condensed version of QFKC's Standard of Care training with a focus on process only. Participants will gain a clear understanding of:

  • Process for making a decision to record a Continue to Monitor, Standard of Care Review or Harm Report
  • What carers should expect if one of these responses are recorded in relation to a child/ren in their care
  • What outcomes can be reached and what happens next

Please click here to view the recording of the live webinar from Wednesday 18th May 2022

If you require a certificate for the session download a generic certificate here > > > Certificate of Participation (Agencies may be required to confirm the learnings from the webinar through their reflections with carers).

For general enquiries about our webinars please contact us 

Mad, Bad or Sad Webinars with Gregory Nicolau next session Wed 13th July 2022

The ‘Mad, Bad, Sad' – A Pathway to Healing for Carers webinar is the first of 6 online webinars through 2022 for foster and kinship carers. These 1 hour sessions will be presented by Gregory Nicolau from the Australian Childhood Trauma Group in partnership with Queensland Foster and Kinship Care. The Path of a carer can often be isolating and fraught with difficulties, hardships and feelings of hopelessness, you are not alone! We understand the unique issues you face and will provide an environment of support and learning to help you on your journey.

Registration is now open for the next in the series - click here to view the flyer

  • Session 3: Wed 13th July 10-11.30am Book Here
  • Session 4: Wed 7th September 10-11.30am Book Here
  • Session 5: Wed 12th October 10-11.30am Book Here
  • Session 6: Wed 9th November 10-11.30am  Book Here

Please Note: 

  • You will need to register for each webinar to receive the link that will allow you to join live on the day.
  • If unable to participate in the live sessions, all webinars will be recorded for later viewing and links provided above after each session.  
  • If you require a **Certificate of Attendance for the sessions participated in you can download a generic certificate linked above. Agencies may be required to confirm the learnings from the webinar through their reflections with carers.

For general enquiries about the webinars please contact us

Statement of Commitment

The Statement of Commitment is the first of many online training opportunities for carers and staff alike. A joint partnership between QFKC, Kummara and Infinity Community Solutions this training for Foster and Kinship Carers and support staff is built on legislation and outlines the commitment we all make to children and young people who experience care as well as our rights within the child protection system. We encourage everyone to view the training at your convenience and if there are any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you promptly.

Click here to view this webinar: Statement of Commitment

Once you have finished watching this webinar please email:  with the date that you completed this training to be issued with a training certificate.

Carer and Agency Training

Triple R for Carers (Rights, Roles and Responsibilities)

 The Triple R training is about the Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of carers.  The training looks at key pieces of legislation and documents that speak to these important factors and  more importantly what they mean for carers in providing day to day care for children and young people.  

  Some of the key areas we explore are:

  • The 2020 updated Statement of Commitment for Qld Carers
  • The Human Rights Act 2019  
  • The Statement of Standards
  • The Charter of Rights for children and young people
  • The Principles of Child Protection Act 1999

 In all of the above we explore what they mean in terms of highlighting the rights, roles and responsibilities of carers and how all of these documents can be used as advocacy tools in support of carer families and of course the children and young people they provide care for.  

Achieving Permanency

Length of training: 5 hours

Achieving Permanency is a training that seeks to inform Foster and Kinship Care agency staff and carers about how permanency is achieved for children and young people in care. The training explores the core components to permanency as being legal, physical and relational and the continuum of permanency options, recognising that permanency does not just mean long term orders under the Act, but rather goes right from reunification through to options of LTG to Other and the newly introduced Permanent Care Orders.

This training will inform attendees of all the changes to the Child Protection Act that relate to achieving permanency for children, from changes and inclusions of new Principles to the Act, to enhancements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Placement Principles and the introduction of core principles relating to decision making for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  

The training also explores considerations in the assessment and recommendation of orders, newly legislated concurrent planning, the difference between Long Term Orders and what this means in day to day care of children and obligations of Safety and Support Networks to children and young people subject to different orders.  

This training will provide a comprehensive understanding not only in respect to the changes to the Act, but what this means in the world of caring.

Information Sharing

Length of training: 3 hours

This workshop will explore the topic of Information sharing.  Specifically three areas will be covered:

  • What happens if a child in your care is absent or missing

  • What does confidentiality mean when providing day to day care

  • Social Media - the dos and do nots

This Information session will explore with participants what the provisions of the act regarding Confidentiality means in terms of providing day to day care for carers.  Surveys continue to provide us information that carers are not receiving the information they need in order to provide safe and appropriate care to children in care and other children they may be caring for.  So what information should you be getting access to and how can you advocate for this information - who should you then be able to share this information with.

This session will also explore the complicated world of Social Media and provide some very clear guidelines from Child Safety as to what you can and cannot do as a carer in relation to Social media when caring for a child in care

Family Contact Training

Length of training: 4 hours

Contact training explores with carers the following areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities of carers regarding contact

  • How the care team can contribute to positive family contact

  • What children and young people want

  • Grief and Loss for children and carers

  • Beliefs/values and attitudes

  • Parenting in the context of the Child Protection System

  • How to effectively provide feedback to the care Team. 

The overall aim of this training is to provide educational around contact so that carers are better equipped to provide relevant and crucial feedback to Child Safety around a child or young person’s contact experience that will assist Child Safety in ongoing case plan decisions around contact and reunification.  Carers will come away with an actual tool developed by FCQ in consultation with Child Safety to assist in feedback. 

Transition to Adulthood – Training for Carers

Length of training: 3 hours 

This training will enable carers to: 

  • Develop an understanding of the purpose of transition from care planning
  • Identify and consider the needs of young people transitioning to adulthood, including developmental needs and life skills
  • Identify ways that carers can support young people to transition from care to adulthood.
  • Current Queensland policy and legislation will be examined. Practical supports will be explored.
  • Carers will be offered a safe and supportive forum to discuss their thoughts/ideas/feelings about young people leaving their care.

Understanding QCAT and Children's Court

Length of training: 4 .5 hours

There are some decisions which Child Safety make, that effect foster and kinship carers, which they can have appealed through QCAT.  This training seeks to outline for carers exactly what these are and how they can go about appealing a decision recognised as reviewable within QCAT.

This training provides participants with an overview of QCAT and how this relates to carers and covers the following: 

  • What is QCAT, who are they and who are they responsible to

  • What appealable rights do carers have through QCAT

  • How do carers make an application to QCAT

  • Once an application is made – what is the process

  • Who will assist carers through this process

    This training also explores the Court Reforms which took effect in Qld on 1st July 2016.  The training assists carers in understanding:

  • Who the key players in Children’s Court

  • The role of these key players

  • Carers role in Children’s Court

This training session is information rich and will assist carers to understand both QCAT and Children’s Court

Reunification Training

Length of training: 3 hours

Reunification is the ultimate goal for most children and young people in out of home care.  A successful reunification will see children return to their family of origin in a home environment that has been assessed as being no longer harmful. This training provides participants with an overview of Reunification and includes

  • Exploring parenting in the context of the Child Protection System

  • Assessing and planning reunification – what are the considerations from the key players i.e. Child Safety and the Children’s Court

  • What makes a good reunification

  • Building resilience in children and young people

  • What carers should do if they have worries

  • Grief and loss for carer families – how to manage this

     

Carers should come away from this training with a thorough understanding of how decisions are made for children to be reunified in the context of a very broad Child Protection System.

Carer Finance

Length of training: 3 hours

This training provides participants with an overview of what financial entitlements carers can access.  Specifically the training covers:

  • Fortnightly Caring Allowance

  • Child Related Costs

  • Special Carer payments

  • Dual Respite

  • High Support Needs Allowance

  • Complex Support Needs Allowance

  • Centrelink benefits and entitlements

  • Foster & Kinship Carer Card

Everyone comes away from this training having learnt something !!

Standard of Care Training

Length of training: 3 hours

This training explores the processes undertaken when a Standard of Care or Harm report is raised for a child in Out of Home care who is placed with a carer

The following areas are covered:

  • History relating to how matters use to be dealt with and information around why and how this has changed

  • Detail on the three pathways Child Safety have available to them to address Standard of Care and Harm report matters

  • Step by step guide as to how these three pathways should be enacted in practice

  • Emphasis on how we work through matters in a way that is not punitive and blame driven

  • Discussion relating to Care Teams and the role of care team members in Standard of Care and Harm report matters. 

This training is suitable for Child Safety, Fostering and Kinship Care staff and carers as it works through procedures however highlights the importance of how practice determines success of procedures. 

Agency and Child Safety Training

NDIS Training

Length of training: 4 hours

This training explores how the National Disability Insurance Scheme works for children subject to Child Protection orders under the Child Protection Act 1999.  Co-written with colleagues from the Disabilities department through the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, this training is aimed at assisting carers to understand the following:

  • An overview of NDIS – what does it mean, how do children and young people qualify for service

  • How plans are developed and how carers can be involved in this process for the children they care for

  • What services are available through NDIS for children and young people and how this will look from a practical point of view

  • The interface between Child Safety and NDIS

Initial Assessment Training

Length of training: 7 hours 

This training is aimed at assessors and provides an in-depth session on initial assessments, covering the following: 

  • The history of assessments in Qld

  • Legal requirements of an Initial Assessment

  • Policy and Procedure that guide assessors in writing an assessment

  • A step by step guide through each of the sections of an assessment exploring what questions should be asked of an applicant and what a Manager will be looking for

  • Household Safety Checks – dispelling some of the myths

  • External checks – what is the purpose and when should they be sought

Assessors should come away from this training with confidence in what Managers are looking for in an assessment and how they can deliver on this.

Kinship Assessment Training

Length of training: 6 hours 

This training recognizes the unique difference in assessing a kinship carer and the complexities and added responsibilities given to assessors.  The training covers the following 

  • What is Kinship Care

  • Why are Kinship Care assessments unique

  • What criteria Kinship Carers must meet

  • Sharing of information

  • The importance of Strength based assessments

  • Initial challenges faced by assessors

  • Additional challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

  • Grief and Loss and how this impacts on assessments

  • Exploring Generational Issues

  • Importance of Genograms in assessments

  • Helping applicants to understand the Child Protection System

Assessors should come away from this training with an understanding of the uniqueness of kinship care assessments and will hopefully take their learning’s into practice which will result in better outcomes for kinship carers from the entry point into the Child Protection System.    

Renewal of Approval Training

Length of training: 4 hours 

This training explores re-approvals and covers the following: 

  • Background of Renewals

  • Purpose of renewals

  • What Renewals should not be used for

  • Process of applying to renew

  • What checks need to be carried out

  • Who should complete assessments

  • Assessment process

  • Addressing Standard of Care and Harm Reports in the context of Renewals

  • Recommendations

  • Outcome and ongoing supports

     

It is hoped that this training will result in assessors becoming more aware of the purpose and importance of renewals so they are not simply seen as a tick box process, rather an important tool to assess the ongoing suitability of carers in the Child Protection system.  The training will assist assessors in identifying strengths and areas for growth for carers and places an importance emphasis on recognising the evolving nature of carer families.

Quality Support for Foster and Kinship Carers

Length of training: 3 hours 

This training was developed by Bryan Smith, a carer for 25 years, and Executive Director of QFKC.   Bryan has been able to capture within this training what support for carers means in every day practice.   The training explores the following: 

  • Who are we and what role do we play?
  • What is your framework for practice and why?
  • Missed perceptions?
  • Foster and Kinship Carers – Spot the Difference
  • Having the hard discussions and identifying what they are
  • Ethical dilemmas when supporting Foster and Kinship Carers
  • General Discussion

In exploring the above, Bryan ensures lots of practical examples are used to assist workers in understanding what support actually is, what the difference between support and advocacy is and how workers own backgrounds, values and ethics can affect support.

Contact us for more information on our training programs.