Archives for February, 2016

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ADVANCING ABORIGINAL DECISION-MAKING TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S LIVES

  The first regional pilot of a program that empowers Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to make culturally appropriate decisions about the care of local Aboriginal children is starting in Bendigo. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative will..

SECURING KINDER PLACES SO NO CHILD MISSES OUT

The Andrews Labor Government is securing enrolment spots in kindergartens to ensure vulnerable or disadvantaged children don’t miss out, as part of its plan to make Victoria the Education State. Visiting the AG Leech Kindergarten in Maryborough today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos..

NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT PERMANENCY CHANGES

The Andrews Labor Government will provide an additional $2 million to help vulnerable families whose children are at risk of being placed in out-of-home care. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said more individualised Family Preservation Packages would be funded to give at-risk families..

NEW CHILDREN’S HUB OPENS IN DONALD

The old Donald kindergarten – first established in 1950 – has been transformed into a new one-stop shop bringing together early childhood education, health and family services under the one roof, benefiting families across the region. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos opened the..

PARENTS’ NEWBORN BABY COMPANION GETS A NEW LOOK

The record book of key health and developmental information for new parents about their newborn baby is getting a fresh look, new content and a new name, highlighting the central role of parents in the Education State as their child’s first teacher. The Andrews Labor..

INNOVATIVE LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS EXTENDED TO IMPROVE LIVES

The Andrews Labor Government has extended an initiative that brings together local community leaders and experts to improve services and support for vulnerable children, young people and families. Meeting with the Inner Gippsland Area Partnership in Morwell today, Minister for Families and ChildrenJenny Mikakos said..

ONE-STOP SUPPORT CENTRE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS IN GIPPSLAND

Victims of sexual assault and child abuse in Gippsland will be able to access a range of services in one location with the opening of a new multi-disciplinary centre (MDC) in Morwell. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos officially opened the new multi-disciplinary centre..

CALLING FUTURE LEADERS OF VICTORIA

Young leaders who want to make their voices heard and help shape legislation in Victoria’s parliament can apply now for the 2016 Youth Parliament program. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos said the Andrews Labor Government was proud to help celebrate the popular program’s 30th anniversary..

CUTTING SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT SERVICE WAITING LISTS

Children and adults who have experienced sexual assault will have better access to support services, with a $1.35 million funding boost that will reduce waiting lists across Victoria’s Centres Against Sexual Assault. Visiting the Royal Children’s Hospital Gatehouse Service today, Minister for Families and Children..

LIFTING ABORIGINAL PRESCHOOL PARTICIPATION IN THE EDUCATION STATE

The Andrews Labor Government is pre-purchasing kinder spots and widening its outreach to Aboriginal families to help lift the number of Aboriginal children enrolled in kinder. Aboriginal children are under-represented in Victorian preschools with 79.6 per cent participating in four-year-old kindergarten compared to 96.4 per..

FREE KINDER REMINDER FOR FAMILIES IN DROUGHT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

As the new kinder year kicks off, the Andrews Labor Government is reminding families in Victoria’s drought-affected communities that they are eligible for free kinder in the year before school. As part of the drought assistance package announced last year, free kindergarten is available to..

SUPPORTING AT-RISK ABORIGINAL YOUNG PEOPLE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal young people in Victoria get the right support early on to engage with their community and stay out of the youth justice system. Helping to tackle the overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in Victoria’s youth justice system, $1.2..

NEW OVERSIGHT POWERS FOR COMMISSION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

New oversight powers for Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young people will strengthen transparency and oversight of Victoria’s child protection and youth justice system. Introduced into parliament today, the Andrews Labor Government is enshrining the changes in legislation that will bind future governments to providing..

IMPROVING VICTORIA’S FAMILY VIOLENCE RISK RESPONSE

The Andrews Labor Government is examining the Common Risk Assessment Framework to ensure those experiencing family violence are supported consistently across the State. The CRAF is used by professionals working in a wide range of fields to apply a common approach to identifying and assessing..