AVITH Community of Practice
The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare is the peak body for the child and family services sector in Victoria. For over 100 years, the Centre has advocated 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.
What is a Community of Practice?
Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of peers who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
Why a Community of Practice?
The Centre has a strong interest in identifying, translating, and embedding the best available research and practice expertise to build Victoria’s evidence base in relation to young people who use violence in the home (AVITH). The Centre recognises the importance of building the knowledge base of evidence-informed and promising practice in this space through a Community of Practice.
The Purpose of an AVITH Community of Practice
The objectives of this group are to:
- CREATE CONNECTION – Connect new and existing AVITH providers.
- DEVELOP PRACTICE – Create a forum that encourages shared learning and consistent practice.
- SHARE EXPERIENCES – Provide opportunities to discuss emerging themes, patterns, limitations and practice implications in AVITH service provision.
- DISCUSS DEVELOPMENTS – Share updates – and wherever needed, to advocate for – changes to program directions, as they relate to direct service provision.
The Value of an AVITH Community of Practice
The ongoing work of family violence reforms has highlighted gaps in knowledge about AVITH and the need for specialist expert advice to enable service providers to more effectively respond to and support these young people. The value of an AVITH Community of Practice would be to build the knowledge base of evidence-informed and promising practice in this space. The Community of Practice will assist in:
- Improving outcomes
- Developing organisational capabilities
- Improving experiences of work
- Fostering professional development2
- The AVITH Community of Practice is open to all AVITH providers across Victoria. This includes Community Services Organisations (CSOs) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) that work directly with adolescents who use (or are at risk of using) violence towards family members.
- Attendees are likely to be the Team Leaders, Managers or Coordinators of AVITH programs, who can then share information and updates with their program staff.
- Guest speakers and AVITH service providers may be invited to present promising practice approaches with the potential to contribute to the growing AVITH evidence base for the benefit to other providers.
- On occasion, Family Safety Victoria (FSV) may be invited to provide key stakeholder updates.
- Some participants may also be a member of the established AVITH Collaborative Network.
- Meetings occur on a bi-monthly basis
- 60 mins depending on activity/theme
- Online (Teams)
- Chaired by the Centre’s AVITH Lead