Category: Minister for Families and Children

Recognising Leaders In Protecting Children

A youth justice departmental worker and police officer who teamed up to implement a strategy encouraging young people to acknowledge and address their feelings have been awarded the top gong at the annual Victorian Protecting Children Awards. Victoria Police Division Commander Richard Watkins and Department of Justice and Regulation youth justice manager Soula Kontomichalos last […]

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Expanding Victoria’s Child Protection Workforce

Almost 70 new child protection officers are ready to begin work to keep vulnerable kids safe, as part of a record recruitment drive by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos has today attended a graduation ceremony at Parliament House to welcome the latest new recruits – 69 men and women […]

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Reaping The Benefits Of 99 Men’s Sheds

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men to work together and contribute to their local community. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos visited the Pines Men’s Shed in Frankston today to announce it was one of 29 sheds to share in $903,000 as part of the 2018-19 […]

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Building More Men’s Sheds For Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men to work together and contribute to their local community. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos visited the Linton Men’s Shed today to announce $903,000 to build or upgrade 29 men’s sheds as part of the 2018-19 Men’s Sheds funding round. […]

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Addressing Teenage Family Violence In The Home

The Andrews Labor Government is providing greater support to address the behaviours of teenagers who use violence in the home. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $1.35 million over two years to strengthen and expand services that are working to reduce adolescent violence in the home. The Adolescent Family Violence Program aims […]

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Breaking The Cycle Of Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is testing new and innovative approaches to end family violence and hold perpetrators to account. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $4.8 million to trial and evaluate seven new perpetrator intervention programs which target diverse groups. These trials acknowledge that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to combating family […]

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Greater Support For Children And Families At Risk

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting support for vulnerable families at risk of becoming involved with child protection or out-of-home care. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced a further $11.2 million over two years for evidence-based, innovative programs that support vulnerable families. The funding continues nine programs being trialled by seven community […]

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Getting Behind New Parents And Vulnerable Families

The Andrews Labor Government is bolstering support for vulnerable families and new parents by extending proven early intervention programs across Victoria. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced an additional $72.4 million over two years to continue services to support vulnerable families and children, through: $50.4 million to Child FIRST and family services […]

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Celebrating The Achievements Of Victorian Children

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorian children by holding free and fun activities as part of Children’s Week 2018. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today invited not-for-profit organisations and local councils to apply for funding to help cover the costs of hosting an activity or event. Children’s Week will run from 20 […]

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Creating A New Aboriginal Youth Justice Taskforce

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in the criminal justice system with the formation of a new taskforce. Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said the Aboriginal Youth Justice Taskforce will be the first of its kind established in Victoria and will examine the cases of […]

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