Archives for February, 2015

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WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY SECTOR TO IMPROVE CARE OF VULNERABLE KIDS

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today chaired the first meeting of the Committee appointed to help strengthen out-of-home care services for Victoria’s most vulnerable children and young people. The Ministerial Advisory Committee is made up of community sector leaders who have a wealth..

VICTORIA BACKS CALL FOR KINDER FUNDING CERTAINTY

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that Tony Abbott commit to funding 15 hours of kindergarten per week. The report found that 15 hours of kindergarten is essential to boosting preschool participation, supporting children’s development and improving school readiness. The Labor Government..

LIBERALS FAILED ABORIGINAL CHILDREN, REPORT REVEALS

There is a significant over representation of Aboriginal children in Victoria’s child protection system, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services. In 2013-14 there were 3856 Aboriginal children subject to notifications of suspected abuse and neglect, more than twice as many as in..

VICTORIAN KIDS AND PARENTS NEED KINDER FUNDING CERTAINTY

The Abbott Government must commit to continuing funding for 15 hours of kindergarten for Victoria’s children. In a rush late last year, the Federal Government extended the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education by just twelve months. Under the Agreement, the..

BETTER CARE FOR OUR VULNERABLE KIDS

The Andrews Labor Government is taking immediate steps to improve the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people in care. Under the former Liberal Government, our most vulnerable were left to fend for themselves. This Labor Government will strengthen the out-of-home care system..

PARENTS CONTINUE TO IGNORE WARNINGS ABOUT HOT CARS

Ahead of this weekend’s forecast hot temperatures, the Andrews Labor Government is urging parents not to leave children unattended in parked cars. Paramedics have been called to 200 cases of kids being left in cars across Victoria since the start of the year, and new..