Topic: Families and children

Strengthening Connections To Family And Community

A leading model of kinship care, helping to strengthen family and community connections for Aboriginal children is now operating across Victoria. Attending the 13th Aboriginal Children’s Forum in Horsham today, Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan announced the new $2 million Aboriginal Kinship Finding Service is now taking referrals. Its establishment will provide greater stability […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Child Protection

Expanding Mandatory Reporting To Better Protect Kids

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring the safety and protection of children comes first by expanding the list of mandatory reporters. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced the gazettal of additional groups to expand the list of professionals who will be mandated to report information about child abuse or harm. From 1 […]

Categories: Media Release

Compass Providing Direction For Young Care Leavers

Young Victorians leaving state care will be better supported to transition to independent living as the Andrews Labor Government moves ahead with Australia’s largest ever Social Impact Bond. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Treasurer Tim Pallas today formally launched the COMPASS program, which has received commitments from large philanthropic funds and private […]

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Delivering More Neighbourhood Houses Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government’s record boost for Victoria’s neighbourhood houses means even more opportunities for Victorians to foster local connections in their community, learn new skills and boost their health and wellbeing. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos visited the Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre in Ormond today to announce it was one of […]

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Marking The National Apology In Victoria

Victorian survivors of institutional sexual abuse and their supporters are invited to come together at one of four locations around the state to witness the historic national apology in their local communities. On the morning of Monday, 22 October 2018, a national apology will be delivered to all the victims and survivors of institutional child […]

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Partnering With Communities For Better Services

The Andrews Labor Government is developing a brand new approach to working with local communities to make life better for vulnerable children and their families.   Community Partnerships is a place-based initiative that will bring together community, government and service providers to tackle childhood vulnerability and create environments where all children and families can thrive. […]

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Investing In Victoria’s Volunteers

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in new programs and approaches to build up Victoria’s $23 billion volunteer sector even further. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened applications for two new funding programs as part of a $270,000 funding round which provides both training and mentoring opportunities, as well as specific skills […]

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Influencing Family Violence Change In Koorie Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is helping reduce family violence in Aboriginal communities by doubling its investment in Aboriginal community-led family violence projects. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced an ongoing funding boost of $450,000 per year to the Victorian Aboriginal Community Initiatives Fund to ensure Aboriginal Victorians lead change in preventing and […]

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Helping Vulnerable Young People On The Home Stretch

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring young people make a successful transition from state care to independent living by extending their supports up to the age of 21. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $11.6 million over five years to roll out Home Stretch starting in the first half of 2019, which […]

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Promoting Respect And Equality In Melbourne’s East

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting is supporting local government programs that are working to prevent family violence in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins visited Cabena Child and Family Centre in Chadstone to announce $180,000 in funding to support programs that prevent family violence. Local government […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence