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May 2015

18 May 2015

Federal & State Budget 2015

Dear subscribers & friends,

This State Budget responded to many of the priorities that were identified in the Centre’s 2014 Election Statement and State Budget 2015-2016 Submission.

The result is an significant increase in funding to support the services being provided to Victoria’s vulnerable children, young people and families.

The Centre will keep all of our members updated on the implementation, governance and further analysis of the budget announcements.

To access copies of the analysis and media release please click on the following links:

Deb Tsorbaris




ResiROCKS - 26 May 2015

ResiROCKS is an opportunity to bring together residential care workers from across the state to learn, laugh & celebrate.

ResiROCKS bookings are now being taken, with very limited places left.

This year we have gone back to basics, Resi truly 'ROCKS', we will be showcasing the Knowledge and Skills of our Residential Care workforce!

Click here to book.


Learning & Development

The Centre Training Guide 2015 has been recently released.  Click here to view the range of accredited and non-accredited training available to members and non-members.

Skilled in Looking After Children (LAC) (Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th June)

This two-day workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of Looking After Children processes, and the role workers, volunteers and clients play.

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


Robin Clark Awards 2015

Nominations are now being accepted for the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards.

The new and improved 2015 Award categories are open to individuals, teams or groups who work in the Department of Health & Human Services child protection program; other public sector organisations; Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and community service organisations; education; and academia unless stated otherwise.

This year sees the introduction of the inaugural Robin Clark Leadership Award in memory of Robin Dennis Clark (1936–2001), a visionary and leader who has greatly influenced current policy and practice in Victorian child, youth and family services.

Click here for full details on award categories and how to nominate.


Patchwork - MAV

MAV is about to roll-out Patchwork to all Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Nurses across the state.

Patchwork is web application developed to connect practitioners from different agencies working with common clients in a geographic area.

You are invited to attend a presentation and discussion on the roll-out of Patchwork across Victoria including the NSW roll-out to be held on Wednesday 20 May from 10am.  Please register online by clicking here.

Further information on Patchwork is available on the MAV website by clicking here.



African Dads & Kids Camp

CatholicCare invites African Dads to bring along one of their children for a FREE fantastic camp experience at Marysville.  The camp to be held from 26-28 June 2015, acknowledges and celebrates the importance of fathers in a Childs life.

Click here to view further information and registration form.


Children's Court - President

Magistrate Amanda Chambers has been announced as the President of the Children's Court and as a Judge of the County Court.

Magistrate Chambers will commence in the roles on 9th June 2015, upon the retirement of His Honour Judge Peter Couzens.

Click here to read the full Media Release.


National Families Week 15-21 May

This year's theme "Stronger Families, Stronger Communities" highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

Click here to access the National Families Week website, including a calendar of events happening this week.


Transurban Community Grants

Transurban has opened a new round of its community grants program.  This program offers grants of up to $3,000 to eligible organisations near their roads that are creating social or environmental benefits for their local communities.

Click here for further details about the grants program.



10 Stories of Single Mothers - Premiere

The National Council of Single Mothers and their Children invite you to attend the Melbourne Premiere of their documentary "10 Stories of Single Mothers".

The Melbourne Premiere will occur at Kino Cinemas (45 Collins St, Melbourne) on Thursday 11th June 2015.

Click here to book a ticket.

Click here for further information on the documentary.


Importance of Sibling Placement Forum

Join CREATE for lunch, hear from great speakers and engage in lively debate at the launch of CREATE’s newest video resource highlighting the importance of siblings to children and young people in care.

The policy forum will include a panel discussion and work-shopping the factors that create and inhibit the success of placing siblings in care together.

Click here for further details

RSVP: 1800 655 105 or e-mail Madonna Boman.


Richard Rose - Life Story Work

The Berry Street Childhood Institute present a workshop by Richard Rose, based on his latest book "Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice"

The first session has been booked out, with a second session to occur on Thursday 18 June

Click here to for more information and to register.


Back to the Future

Social Work @ Melbourne is presenting a seminar by Associate Professor Helen Buckley from Trinity College (Dublin) on "Back to the Future: Social work with children and families over the Decade"

This seminar will take place on Wednesday 20th May at 6pm.

Click here for more information.

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