Archives for April, 2016

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QUALITY KINDERS FOR KIDS, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE

More Victorian families will be able to access quality kinders close to home, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in early childhood services and infrastructure. Included in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, the Labor Government is investing $10 million to build kindergartens and children’s centres in fast-growing..

KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE: MORE SUPPORT FOR CHILD PROTECTION

More prevention and early intervention services to keep Victoria’s most vulnerable kids safe are included in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, as part of sweeping changes to the child protection system. The $168 million investment will help new mums care for their babies, give child and adult..

REDUCING YOUTH OFFENDING BY INTERVENING EARLY

Young Victorians in trouble with the law will get a shot at a second chance, with new funding announced for a state-wide diversion program. Part of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2016/17 Victorian Budget, $6.7 million will go to programs that intervene early, helping young people get back..

CAROL FRIDAY’S LEGACY: “MUM WOULD BE SO PROUD”

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today awarded the inaugural Carol Friday Scholarship for Excellence to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse Michelle Richardson, who was driven by a desire to “pay it forward”. Speaking at the Maternal and Child Health Nurse Conference, Ms..

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL FAMILIES

A record investment in Victorian Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services is provided in the Andrews Labor Government’s 2016/17 Victorian Budget. Speaking at the MCH Conference today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced an investment of $133 million. The funding means all Victorian families can..

ABORIGINAL YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM TO KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE CONNECTED

A new Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program will help young Aboriginal people develop skills, relationships and networks that keep them connected to their culture, families and friends, with funding of $875,000 to be provided by the Andrews Labor Government in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget. Speaking today at..

LET’S COUNT: A HEAD START FOR VICTORIAN KIDS

Victorian pre-schoolers will have their maths skills boosted, with a $542,000 investment by the Andrews Labor Government in the Let’s Count program, developed by The Smith Family. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today joined The Smith Family’s Victorian General Manager Anton Leschen at the Coolaroo South..

MAKING VICTORIA’S PLAYGROUPS MORE INCLUSIVE

Victoria’s supported playgroups will be more inclusive to families from diverse cultural backgrounds, as the  Andrews Labor Government called for applications for grants to employ bicultural workers. Visiting a Darebin supported playgroup at Reservoir Primary School today,  Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos, joined..

ROADMAP FOR REFORM WILL MEAN A SAFER FUTURE FOR VULNERABLE KIDS

The focus of child protection in Victoria will shift from crisis response to prevention and early intervention, under a new package of measures announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The package includes increased in-home support services for vulnerable families, extra child protection workers, more..

MONASH UNI TO REVIEW FAMILY VIOLENCE FRAMEWORK

Experts from Monash University will examine how Victorians experiencing family violence are supported by frontline services around the state, helping to build a strong and consistent approach to supporting victims. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced Monash University as the successful tenderer..

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK TO CELEBRATE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY

Young people across Victoria are being encouraged to take part in National Youth Week between 8 April and 17 April – an annual celebration of those aged 12–25 throughout Australia. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today joined Member for Geelong Christine Couzens at Wathaurong..

BUILDING RESILIENCE TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE

Community organisations can now apply for funding to develop projects that support the most vulnerable members of their community and reduce the threat of violent extremism. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced $600,000 as part of the Community Resilience Grants to help inform..

FAMILY VIOLENCE SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN

For the first time in Victoria, a new government initiative will enable child protection practitioners and family violence workers to work together to provide better support than ever to vulnerable children and families. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced the Child Protection Flexible..

NEW RESEARCH TRIAL UNDERWAY TO GET EVERY TODDLER TALKING

Researchers are looking at a ground-breaking way to help Victorian babies and toddlers fully develop their communication and language skills, setting them up for success in later life. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today launched the Every Toddler Talking research trial at the..

UNITED STATES CHILD WELFARE EXPERTS VISIT VICTORIA

A delegation of child welfare experts from the United States of America have been in Victoria this week to share knowledge on how to improve our children and families’ welfare system. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, met with representatives from the Annie E..