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INTERVENING EARLY TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is intervening earlier so that vulnerable families and children are better supported to stay together. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $29.2 million for ChildFirst and family services to work with more than 2,000 additional families at risk of becoming involved with child protection or out-of-home care at today’s Roadmap for Reform symposium. The funding was provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 and incorporates $5.1 million to trial and evaluate evidence-based programs that improve family capability and child safety through a state-wide submission process to open next month. The latest investment will enable the child and family services system to identify families at risk earlier and connect them with the right support services. A new evidence-based strategy and grant funding opportunities will transform support for the child and family services sector, to ensure services are evidence-based, improve outcomes and provide better support to some of the state’s most vulnerable people. Ms Mikakos also launched the Children and Families Research Strategy 2017-2019 at today’s symposium, which will develop the evidence-base and provide grant funding opportunities for the sector. The Labor Government is providing $800,000 to improve collaboration between practitioners and researchers in the sector, and to record their own evidence-based data. Front-line staff, researchers and policy makers will work together to support vulnerable families and children, based on evidence. Child and family services will be able to share their knowledge about the services and approaches that they know work through the newly created Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network (OPEN). OPEN will be sector-driven and managed by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. The Children and Families Research Strategy 2017-2019 and information on the learning system grants can be accessed at strongfamiliessafechildren.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We know that prevention and early intervention is the most effective way to prevent harm, abuse or neglect. That’s why we are working with families to ensure they can provide a safe and stable environment at home.” “We are ensuring that vulnerable families are better supported much earlier so that every Victorian child has the best start in life and the best chance to reach their full potential.” Quote attributable to CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Deb Tsorbaris “The Centre is pleased to see the government investing in early intervention and prevention services to work with vulnerable families. We believe this will prevent children and young people going into care.”

INTERVENING EARLY TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is intervening earlier so that vulnerable families and children are better supported to stay together. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $29.2 million for ChildFirst and family services to work with more than 2,000 additional families at risk of becoming involved with child protection or out-of-home care at today’s Roadmap for Reform symposium. The funding was provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 and incorporates $5.1 million to trial and evaluate evidence-based programs that improve family capability and child safety through a state-wide submission process to open next month. The latest investment will enable the child and family services system to identify families at risk earlier and connect them with the right support services. A new evidence-based strategy and grant funding opportunities will transform support for the child and family services sector, to ensure services are evidence-based, improve outcomes and provide better support to some of the state’s most vulnerable people. Ms Mikakos also launched the Children and Families Research Strategy 2017-2019 at today’s symposium, which will develop the evidence-base and provide grant funding opportunities for the sector. The Labor Government is providing $800,000 to improve collaboration between practitioners and researchers in the sector, and to record their own evidence-based data. Front-line staff, researchers and policy makers will work together to support vulnerable families and children, based on evidence. Child and family services will be able to share their knowledge about the services and approaches that they know work through the newly created Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network (OPEN). OPEN will be sector-driven and managed by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. The Children and Families Research Strategy 2017-2019 and information on the learning system grants can be accessed at strongfamiliessafechildren.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We know that prevention and early intervention is the most effective way to prevent harm, abuse or neglect. That’s why we are working with families to ensure they can provide a safe and stable environment at home.” “We are ensuring that vulnerable families are better supported much earlier so that every Victorian child has the best start in life and the best chance to reach their full potential.” Quote attributable to CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Deb Tsorbaris “The Centre is pleased to see the government investing in early intervention and prevention services to work with vulnerable families. We believe this will prevent children and young people going into care.”

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More Support To Keep Women And Children Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping thousands of women and children leave family violence and set up safe homes. More than 5000 additional survivors of family violence can access packages up to $10,000 – up from $7000 – which can be used to cover costs like rent, home alarms, CCTV, clothing, books and education and training. Flexible support packages also help case managers work with survivors through early intervention, crisis and recovery to assist with ongoing safety, stability and rehabilitation. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited inTouch to announce an extra $17.3 million for 19 agencies across Victoria to help deliver the service. InTouch helps women from culturally diverse communities who often face additional barriers to leaving family violence. The funding delivers on a number of recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. A record $1.9 billion package of measures to end family violence in Victoria was announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This funding is also being used to establish support and safety hubs, deliver after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and develop a 10-year plan. The Labor Government also recently announced the creation of Family Safety Victoria – the state’s first agency solely dedicated to delivering family violence reform. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos          “These packages are saving lives by giving women and children the stability and security they need to leave violent relationships.” “This is also about recognising the needs of women and children from culturally diverse communities – by helping them in a more culturally sensitive and holistic way – ensuring they get the help they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “Ending the scourge of family violence is a top priority for the Andrews Labor Government. Women and children leaving family violence often need urgent assistance, and that’s what we’re providing.” Quotes attributable to interim InTouch Chief Executive Gerlinde Scholz “This extra funding will allow inTouch to help more women and children live safe lives free from violence. We are amazed by the courage, strength and resilience of our clients, who are vulnerable and in many cases marginalised due to cultural and language barriers.” “We at inTouch experience the current family violence reforms in Victoria as a defining achievement of the Government. The whole sector has been mobilised to work together on transforming community attitudes, policy frameworks and service delivery.”

More Support To Keep Women And Children Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping thousands of women and children leave family violence and set up safe homes. More than 5000 additional survivors of family violence can access packages up to $10,000 – up from $7000 – which can be used to cover costs like rent, home alarms, CCTV, clothing, books and education and training. Flexible support packages also help case managers work with survivors through early intervention, crisis and recovery to assist with ongoing safety, stability and rehabilitation. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited inTouch to announce an extra $17.3 million for 19 agencies across Victoria to help deliver the service. InTouch helps women from culturally diverse communities who often face additional barriers to leaving family violence. The funding delivers on a number of recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. A record $1.9 billion package of measures to end family violence in Victoria was announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This funding is also being used to establish support and safety hubs, deliver after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and develop a 10-year plan. The Labor Government also recently announced the creation of Family Safety Victoria – the state’s first agency solely dedicated to delivering family violence reform. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos          “These packages are saving lives by giving women and children the stability and security they need to leave violent relationships.” “This is also about recognising the needs of women and children from culturally diverse communities – by helping them in a more culturally sensitive and holistic way – ensuring they get the help they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “Ending the scourge of family violence is a top priority for the Andrews Labor Government. Women and children leaving family violence often need urgent assistance, and that’s what we’re providing.” Quotes attributable to interim InTouch Chief Executive Gerlinde Scholz “This extra funding will allow inTouch to help more women and children live safe lives free from violence. We are amazed by the courage, strength and resilience of our clients, who are vulnerable and in many cases marginalised due to cultural and language barriers.” “We at inTouch experience the current family violence reforms in Victoria as a defining achievement of the Government. The whole sector has been mobilised to work together on transforming community attitudes, policy frameworks and service delivery.”

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