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Residential Care Upskilling Initiative

The Residential Care Upskilling Initiative will support Victorian residential care workers who work with Victoria’s most vulnerable children and young people to achieve a qualification relevant to their work.

Workers who have no existing relevant qualification will be supported to undertake training in a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care). For workers who hold a relevant qualification other than the preferred Certificate IV, a top-up skills course will be offered in speciality residential care and trauma-informed care. The Victorian Government has allocated $8 million to support the delivery of training to the current residential care workforce, with no tuition costs to be incurred by workers.The Initiative is being managed by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) is a mostly workplace-based course of nine months’ duration, with minimal classroom components. It will be offered at locations in Melbourne and throughout regional Victoria. Training in speciality residential care and trauma-informed care will be shorter in duration. 

Why do we need this project?

Victoria’s residential care workforce plays a crucial role in caring for and supporting vulnerable children and young people who are unable to live at home. The Victorian Government's Roadmap for Reform identifies the need to build workforce capability and capacity across the child and family sectors, with an immediate focus on establishing minimum qualifications for residential care workers who work with young people. 

Ensuring all workers have the capacity and skills to work with vulnerable children and young people is critical to transforming residential care – from a placement of last resort to an intensive support response that focuses on early intervention to help young people recover from abuse, neglect and family violence.

What has happened so far? 

In September and October 2016, the Centre conducted a survey of residential care workers and their organisations in order to understand of the training needs of the sector. The Centre is also consulting with organisations one-on-one and through groups such as the Residential Care Upskilling Initiative Working Group and the Residential Care Learning and Development Strategy (RCLDS) Reference Group.
 
Interim training has commenced in the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention in 2016. A consortium of TAFEs and other Registered Training Organisations will coordinate training state-wide throughout 2017.
 
In December 2016, the Centre circulated a transition planning tool to all community services organisations providing residential care. The transition planning tool requests information about workers, their qualifications and locations. Organisations are asked to return their transition planning tool to the Centre as soon as possible, to ensure that training can be provided to meet specific needs. For any questions about the transition planning tool, please contact the Project Manager.
 
 

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