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November 2014

14 November 2014

  2014 Election Statement

On Thursday 30 October 2014 the Centre held its Annual General Meeting at the Melbourne Town Hall and launched its 2014 Election Statement. A lively town hall debate, mediated by John Faine from ABC774  was held between the Hon Mary Wooldridge, MP, Minister for Community Services, Jenny Mikakos, MP, Shadow Minister for Community Services and Colleen Hartland Greens Party spokesperson for Community Services.

The election statement is underpinned by the following core values:

  • children’s safety and wellbeing are paramount
  • parents, carers and families are supported and respected
  • children’s views are heard

The five priority areas for government action identified in the Election Statement are:

  1. Responding to surging numbers of vulnerable children.
  2. Boosting early intervention programs for families.
  3. Improving out-of-home care for children
  4. Supporting older teens moving from care.
  5. Building stronger services.

The full Election Statement can be accessed here.

Please keep an eye on the Centre's Media Releases across November by clicking here and follow the Centre on Twitter



Annual Report & AGM

The Centre held it's AGM on Thursday 30th October.  An election vote was not required due to the number of nominations meeting the number of positions vacant.  Rudy Gonzalez from Lighthouse Institute joins the Board with Grant Boyd (Bethany) and Gerard Jones (MacKillop) both reappointed.

The Centre's Annual Report for 2014 is now available here.

The Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2014 is available here.


Learning & Development

The Centre offers a range of accredited and non-accredited training to members and non-members.

A Therapeutic Approach to Holistic Case Planning (Tuesday 25th November)

This one-day workshop provides valuable information for carers, practitioners and managers regarding the therapeutic needs of children and young people and a developmentally focused framework for case planning. Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of the major developmental milestones and the therapeutic focus at different stages of a child and young person’s psychosocial development.

For more information on Upcoming Learning & Development Opportunities click here.



Therapeutic Outcomes Focused Residential Care & Support Services

On 3 November DHS released an Advertised Call for Submissions for the delivery of Therapeutic Outcomes Focused Residential Care & Support Services.

The submission are due by 2pm, 2 February 2015, with an information session to be held on 3 December 2014 at 2:30pm.

Further information is available on the Centre's website or via Tenders Vic.


4th Annual Sector Research & Evidence Symposium - Presentations

The Centre for Excellence hosted the 4th Annual Sector Research & Evidence Symposium on Friday 31st October.

The presentations from the Symposium are now available on the Centre's Website.



Study Tour - April 2015

To enhance the professional development of the sector the Centre is pleased to invite members and non members  to join their 2015 Study Tour. The tour is designed for Chief Executive Officers and Senior Managers. 

The tour will focus on the UK  and include attendance to the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect  (BASPCAN) Conference in Edinburgh Scotland, visit to Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland in Glasgow, National Council Voluntary Organisation in London and Out of Home Care/Foster Care agency visits.

Click here for further details and to register your interest.


Royal Commission Forum - Presentations Available

On Monday 13th October the Centre hosted a forum on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The presentations from the forum are now available on the Centre's Website.


Coles Community Hero Award

Julie, a Foster Carer with WEAC (Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care) has been announced the National Winner of the Coles Express Community Hero Award.

Congratulations to Julie and the team at WEAC.

Read further details here.


2014 Early Years Award

The Centre wishes to congratulate VICSEG New Futures on winning the Minister's Award at the recent Early Years Awards.

The Wyndham Refugee Family Resource and Mentoring Program provides recently arrived refugee families with the support they need to parent young children in a new country.

Read further details here.



Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care

The team at Beyond 18 are currently looking for input from carers and professionals servicing the current needs of young people transitioning from out-of-home care in Victoria by completing an on-line survey.

Additional information is available here, or click on the following to begin the surveys:

Survey for Carers

Survey for Caseworkers


DHS Update - Bushfire Season

The 2014 bushfire season starts in December. Information letters will be sent out by DHS in the upcoming weeks to all foster and kinship carers. The letters will set out required activities for fire season preparation.

Community Service Organisations (CSOs) who contract manage children and young people in foster care and kinship care should start planning for the upcoming bushfire season.

Click here for further details.


Collective Impact Symposium - 3 December

Wesley Mission Victoria, MacKillop Family Services & Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand invite you to join them for the  2014 Evaluation Network symposium. This year, the topic is ‘Collective Impact: Frameworks to practice.’ The symposium will focus on how to develop and apply collective impact frameworks to program design and evaluation.

Hear from a range of experienced speakers, and take the opportunity to network and share knowledge.

Click here for further details.


Creating the Future We Want - 25 November

This exciting forum brings together one of the UK's most prominent strategists on impact and outcomes measurement with key leaders from Australian civil society to make the case for an overarching outcomes framework across the life cycle.  Exploring the ways in which an inclusive outcomes framework can guide and drive innovation in achieving positive and sustained social impact, this forum will aim to catalyse the national conversation on achieving better outcomes for all Australians.

Presented by YMCA Australia in collaboration with Good Beginnings Australia and Family Life.

Click here for further details.

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