Archives for September, 2016

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BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER WITH PLAYGROUP KICKSTART FUND

Parents and carers across Victoria are getting a helping hand in establishing and operating community playgroups, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Great Start Community Playgroup Fund will help new playgroups cover set-up fees and also stock up on toys, play equipment, books and..

BUDDY BAGS A REAL BOOST TO KIDS RECOVERY

The Andrews Labor Government is teaming up with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to provide vital support for children leaving home due to family violence or entering out-of-home care. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced a funding boost for the foundation’s Buddy Bags..

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SLASH EDUCATION FUNDING

Victorian students will be worse off under the Turnbull Government’s plans to slash education funding. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham today flagged through the media his intention to cut funding that supports the most disadvantaged schools and students. Mr Birmingham has provided no report or..

INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF CHANGES TO CHILD PROTECTION LAWS

The Andrews Labor Government has initiated an independent review of legal changes that seek to address delays in decision-making processes around children who can’t live with their families because of abuse and neglect. The review will draw on information acquired since the changes came into..

SWAN HILL YOUTH PUT LOCAL ISSUES ON THE AGENDA

The Andrews Labor Government is investing nearly $500,000 in support for young people in the Swan Hill region with the opening of a new Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) office in Swan Hill. The new service will connect and support young people in the..

NEW MEN’S SHED FOR SWAN HILL

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a new Men’s Shed for Swan Hill, thanks to a $55,700 grant. Speaking at the Swan Hill Neighbourhood House today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the grant was part of a $1.2 million funding boost to..

GRANTS PACKAGE TO KICK OFF NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK

The Andrews Labor Government is helping young Victorians get active and involved in National Youth Week 2017, with a $210,000 grants package. Speaking at the first of a series of 12 regional and metropolitan Youth Forums in Swan Hill, Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos..

DIVERSE FOSTER CARERS CREATING A CULTURE OF SAFETY

During Foster Care Week 2016, the Andrews Labor Government is calling on carers from diverse backgrounds to open their hearts and homes to children and young people in need. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today met with some of the first carers to..

PROTECTING OUR KIDS: LAUNCH OF CHILD SAFETY HANDBOOK

Victorian parents, carers and teachers now have access to an invaluable resource to keep children safe after the launch of the Victoria Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook. Police Minister Lisa Neville today joined Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton to officially launch the handbook – which gives practical..

STATEMENT ON CASE STUDY 30

We welcome the report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse into Case Study 30 – Victorian State Run Youth Training and Reception Centres. We were all saddened by the distressing accounts of historical abuse between the 1960s and early 1990s..

MORE SUPPORT FOR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND RURAL FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is extending a program for parenting support services to parents and carers in rural and regional areas who might be missing out due to their working hours or location. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced a new state-wide..

CREATIVE WIN FOR WAKAKIRRI SECONDARY SCHOOL CHALLENGE

Young people pursuing careers in the performing and creative arts have received a boost in their story-telling abilities thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. At Melbourne’s Hamer Hall for the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge final last night, Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos..

HELPING BETTER PROTECT OUR KIDS

Children will be better protected from the risks of abuse within organisations under proposed amendments by the Andrews Labor Government to legislation introduced to the Victorian Parliament today. The amendments will drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse becomes part of..

BOOSTING SUPPORT FOR VICTORIAN CARERS

Victorian foster, kinship and permanent carers will get more support for some of the state’s most vulnerable children thanks to a $19.2 million funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government announced during national Child Protection Week. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos said the..

CENTRE UPGRADE MEANS MORE KINDER PLACES IN WODONGA

The Baranduda Community Centre has boosted the number of places on offer in their four-year-old kindergarten program thanks to a much needed upgrade funded by the Victorian Government. The redevelopment includes upgrades to the four-year-old kindergarten room as well as the room used for occasional..

BETTER CARE FOR ABORIGINAL CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Aboriginal children and young people will receive more culturally supportive care thanks to a funding boost that will grow the number of children being directly supported by Aboriginal organisations. At today’s Aboriginal Children’s Forum in Torquay, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $2.2..

BETTER DIGITAL LEARNING ON THE CARDS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Young Victorian children will have better access to technology to support their education and build important skills and knowledge thanks to an investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today launched the Small Bytes card deck, which helps early childhood educators..

PUTTING CHILDREN AT THE HEART OF CARE

The Robin Clark Awards tonight recognised best practice and leadership in Victoria’s children, youth and families sector. Foster and kinship carers make our world a safer place for many children, and this year’s winners have given selflessly. They include a woman whose Return to Country..