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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

Family Violence

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Sectors Recruitment Campaign

Victoria needs more people committed to making a difference in the lives of those affected by family violence and sexual assault. As the peak body for child and family welfare in Victoria, we recognise it is crucial for the violence and sexual assault support workforce to grow as the demand for services continues to increase. Ensuring survivors receive the support and care they deserve is imperative. The Department of Families

Research Review - monthly updates on the latest research on children, young people and families in Australia
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Research Review  – May 2024

The Research Review delivers the latest research relevant to the child and family services sector direct to your inbox.   Sign up here. May was a bumper month for research! Social Ventures Australia released its detailed research mapping the geographic spread of early childhood socioeconomic disadvantage across Australia; the Australian Institute of Family Studies published its latest practice guide on understanding concerning behaviours displayed by children with disability and a separate

CFECFW Updated Organisational Forward Plan 2024 to 2026
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Organisation Forward Plan 2024 to 2026 released

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has released its Organisational Forward Plan 2024 to 2026, which outlines a refreshed pathway forward for the Centre of the next eighteen months. The Centre’s CEO Deb Tsorbaris says the plan reflects the evolving needs of the Centre’s member organisations and a rapidly changing external environment. It also acknowledges that the Tasmanian child and family services sector ahs now welcomed the

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