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For over 100 years, the Centre has advocated for the rights and wellbeing of children, young people and families in Victoria.

We advocate for the rights of children and young people to be heard, to be safe, access education and to remain connected to family, community and culture.

Sector Capability Framework

The Centre has worked in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop a workforce capability framework supports the child and family services sector.

Online Learning

Our online learning courses and workshops provide essential learning requirements for child and family services workers 

Sector Support Training

Training is designed to be sector driven for the purpose of professional development and best practice

Nationally Recognised Training

The Centre provides nationally recognised training to organisations and individuals in child and family services.

RCLDS Professional Development

The Residential Care Learning and Development (RCLDS) aim is to improve outcomes for young people in living in residential care. 

Child Safe Organisations

Training and information to make your workplace child safe in Victoria

Customised Workshops

The Centre offers customised and tailored courses and workshops to organisations across the child and family services sector. 

Treating Families Fairly

An alliance of child and family service organisations, peak bodies and academics advocating for policies that uphold the rights of children and families.

Research and Submissions

The Centre's submissions to the state government, Royal Commissions, and government bodies.

Information Sharing Reforms

Child Information Sharing Scheme, Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and the MARAM Framework.

OPEN: Outcomes Practice Evidence Network

Driving development of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system.

Learning System Grants

Learning System Grants are available to the child and family services sector to undertake projects that generate and apply evidence, including data, analytics, evaluation and research.

Network Forums

Free forums convened by the Centre aiming to provide a platform for professional workers to share their voice promoting progression within the sector.

Getting more Care Leavers to Uni and TAFE

Raising Expectations supports young people in out-of-home care and care leavers to aspire to, access and succeed in vocational and higher education.

Fostering Connections

Fostering Connections is a joint initiative of foster care agencies across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Tri-Peaks Project

The Tri-Peaks Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) and The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) to support and promote good governance and integrated practices across our three different sectors.

Youth Participation And Advocacy

Working alongside young people to provide best practice advice and encourage ethical participation.

Preventing Occupation Violence and Aggression

Information for employers and employees in residential care on workplace safety.

Adolescents who use violence in the home

Working with service providers to build evidence on what works.

Upcoming training and events

Latest News

The Centre has welcomed support for low-income families announced in last night’s Commonwealth Government budget 2024-2025
Child Maltreatment

Federal budget support for low-income families and students welcomed

The Centre has welcomed support for low-income families announced in last night’s Federal Government budget 2024-2025. The cost-of-living tax relief will put more money in the pockets of Australians from the beginning of July, and the Centre’s CEO, Deb Tsorbaris, says this will go a long way toward supporting children and families through challenging times. She says pre-budget announcements on HECS debt indexation and Prac Payments to support students during

Federal Budget Summary 2024

Federal Budget 2024-2025 Summary

The Treasurer delivered the Federal Budget on Tuesday 14 May 2024. Here, we look at the significant measures relevant to the community services sector in Australia, and for the children and families you support.   Community services A Stronger and More Diverse and Independent Community Sector – Budget investment = $2.4 million over two years from 2024–25 The Department of Social Services is to develop a community sector partnership framework,

Adolescent violence in the home

AVITH in Context Webinar: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

In a recent AVITH in Context Webinar, Professor Anita Gibbs from the University of Otago, NZ, shed light on a crucial yet often overlooked issue: the intersection of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a neurodevelopmental condition, and child-to-parent violence and abuse (CAPVA). Professor Gibbs, drawing from her academic research and, her role as the adoptive mother of two young people with FASD and additional neurodivergent disabilities, shared invaluable insights during

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