Melbourne based director of Living Learning Australia, Andrew McSweeney is among the contenders for an award that recognises people from across Victoria who dedicate their lives to protecting children.

Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Jenny Mikakos MP congratulated Mr McSweeney for representing the region as a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Protecting Children Awards.

There are 10 award categories and Mr McSweeney is a finalist in the Robin Clark Making a Difference Award.

He will attend the awards ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, 12 September, as part of Foster Care Week.

These awards highlight the important work of individuals, organisations and members of the wider community in their bid to protect and ensure the wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.

They also recognise dedicated child protection staff from across the state, along with family support and innovative educational programs, and contributions to child protection policy and practice.

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening child protection services by investing $1.9 billion in the Victorian Budget 2017/2018 towards ending family violence.

Through our $168 million Roadmap for Reform, children and family services are shifting from crisis response to prevention and early intervention.

For more information about the Victorian Protecting Children Awards, visit:

Quotes attributed to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos

“I would like to congratulate Andrew McSweeney and Living Learning Australia’s tireless work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children.”

“These awards are an opportunity for us to pause and say thank you to members of Melbourne communities who are protecting children from abuse or neglect.”