Topic: Families and children

Connecting Culture And Care For Aboriginal Kids

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering even more to ensure Aboriginal children and families are in touch with their cultural identity and have access to culturally safe support. At the 11th Aboriginal Children’s Forum in Port Fairy today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $2 million to establish a new specialised state-wide Aboriginal […]

Categories: Media Release

Prioritising Home-Based Care For Vulnerable Children

The Andrews Labor Government is prioritising home-based care for vulnerable children who cannot safely live with their own families and providing greater support to the carers who open their hearts and homes to them. On Foster Carer Celebration Day, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos acknowledged the enormous contribution of foster carers by announcing […]

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Introducing Victoria’s Volunteer Of The Year

Championing the importance of early years education for Aboriginal children has earned proud Yorta Yorta woman Dr Sue Lopez Atkinson the title of the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year. For the past 20 years, Dr Lopez Atkinson has played an integral role in building understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Protecting Children With New Religious Confession Laws

People in religious ministry will face criminal charges if they fail to report child abuse – including when disclosed during confession – under new laws to be introduced by a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. The systemic and horrific abuse of children revealed in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse must never […]

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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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Ministers

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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Answering Victoria’s Top Parenting Questions Online

Victorian mums and dads with questions about parenting, child health or development now have a trusted, new website to turn to, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Like Victoria’s respected Better Health website, the new parenting.vic.gov.au site is an evidence-based resource provided for free for online users, and provides information on all aspects of raising […]

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