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MEETING DEMAND FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES IN BALLARAT

Meeting Demand For Early Childhood Services In Ballarat 30th Nov 2016 Ballarat will receive a much needed boost to early childhood services in the area, with work set to start on a new children’s hub. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today marked the..

MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO MEN’S LIVES IN ST ALBANS

A new men’s shed in St Albans will support men with a disability, the elderly and hard to reach groups in the local area. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened the new facility that will be managed by the Brimbank City Council..

STOPPING THE CYCLE OF FAMILY VIOLENCE EARLY

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding three early intervention programs in Ballarat, Geelong and Frankston to put an end to young people committing family violence. There is growing evidence that young people under the age of 18 commit a significant proportion of family violence offences…

TRAINING FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE WORKERS TO PROTECT CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is giving family violence workers the skills they need to help more Victorian children, recruiting 17 dedicated family violence workers for child protection offices across the state. A two week training course will cover child protection practice, effective negotiation of court..

KINDERGARTEN FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED IT MOST

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for more families to find a kindergarten place outside of the normal enrolment period. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos visited Morwell’s Mid Valley Kinder and Child Care to announce an extension of the pre-purchased places..

YOUNG OFFENDERS TO BE PUT IN ADULT PRISONS

Around 40 young offenders will be sent to Barwon Prison in the coming days following rioting at the Parkville Youth Justice Centre. The Andrews Labor Government has today gazetted a secure unit within the prison to operate as a youth remand centre and youth justice..

COMMONWEALTH ACTION NEEDED TO SUPPORT CHILDREN

The Victorian and Queensland State Governments are calling for leadership from the Turnbull Government to consider a national approach to child and family support. Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Queensland Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman say Commonwealth reform has been..

SECURING COMMUNITY PLAYGROUPS INTO THE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is providing new funding to help community kindergartens grow, particularly in areas lacking vital services. The $100,000 investment is administered by Playgroup Victoria and will allow playgroups to stock up on toys, play equipment, books and other resources used by families…

VICTORIA LEADING THE WAY IN REFORMING OUT-OF-HOME CARE

Victoria has been named a leading state in Australia for addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care in a national report released today. The Family Matters report measured trends to turn the tide on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety and removal…

SUPPORTING KOORI EARLY YEARS SERVICES

Aboriginal children and families at six Aboriginal early years services delivering kindergarten will benefit from new funding by the Andrews Labor Government. The Government is providing up to $1.6 million over the next two years for the services to implement evidence based strategies around early..

MORE STAFF TO CRACK DOWN ON VIOLENT YOUNG OFFENDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on violent offenders in youth justice facilities through a new suite of measures – including 41 new staff positions to improve safety. A comprehensive plan to address violent youths will see increased staffing and managerial supervision to manage..

VICTORIAN YOUTH FORUMS TO TURN IDEAS INTO ACTIONS

Young people around Victoria can help shape future government decisions by taking part in 12 youth forums in regional and metro locations. Hosted by the Andrews Labor Government and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, the forums give young people the chance to discuss ideas..