OPEN – Outcomes Practice Evidence Network

OPEN is the Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network The Victorian Government is reforming the child and families services system. One part of this reform calls on the child and family services sector to operate as a learning system – where services are backed by evidence, and are continually re-evaluated and refined to improve the outcomes

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2017 Debutante Ball

The Centre for Excellence is excited to announce the 2017 Debutante Ball for young people who are currently, or have been in out of home care.

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July – December 2017 Training Guide

The Centre’s Training Guide for the second half of the year is here! Take a look at the full guide online, and get in touch if you would like a hard copy version or two for your organisation. We have new courses on offer, even more customised training options, and lots of different dates and

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Family Services Workforce Survey

The Department of Health and Human Services has commissioned the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare to undertake a survey of the Family Services workforce to inform strategic planning and resourcing of the child and family services sector. The survey will complement a broader workforce census to be conducted in 2017 which is

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Foster mum and young boy

Peak bodies unite in call to empower Aboriginal organisations

6 December 2016 Victoria’s peak Aboriginal health, child and family services bodies have joined together in a call to further empower Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs) by prioritising the needs of Aboriginal children in state care. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos has led reforms in the sector through significant ACCO funding support. Victorian

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Book launch: Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care

Last Friday, 2nd December, the Centre hosted the launch of Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care: International Research, Policy and Practice the new book from Philip Mendes. This book challenges and revises existing ways of thinking about leaving care policy, practice and research at regional, national and international levels. Bringing together contributors from fifteen countries, it covers

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