Australia’s social security system is failing single mother families

Australia’s social security system is failing single mother families

In July this year, we surveyed child and family services practitioners in Victoria who work directly with single mothers and their children. We asked workers how social security policies affected families, particularly those with a sole parent. The results are staggering. Our safety net is failing. The survey of 169 practitioners found: 63 per cent

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The Centre’s response to the Victorian Ombudsman’s report on OPCAT

The Centre’s response to the Victorian Ombudsman’s report on OPCAT

The Victorian Ombudsman also released their response to OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment). The report is entitled “OPCAT in Victoria: A thematic investigation of practices related to solitary confinement of children and young people”. The report is here.

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Announcement: 2019 Learning System Grants Awarded

Announcement: 2019 Learning System Grants Awarded

Victoria’s child and family services sector is leading the way in the development and use of evidence to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. A key contributor to the sector’s growing evidence base is the funding the Department of Health and Human Services makes available through the Learning System Grants (LSGs). These grants

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2019 OPEN Symposium: Early Bird Tickets on Sale!

2019 OPEN Symposium: Early Bird Tickets on Sale!

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare is delighted to invite you to the 2019 OPEN Symposium. The Symposium will be held on Friday October 18 at the Melbourne Arts Centre. This year’s theme is The Voices That Matter.  As we strive to build our evidence base and strengthen practice across child, youth and

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It’s on us: We must prevent the criminalisation of children in care

It’s on us: We must prevent the criminalisation of children in care

The Sentencing Advisory Council Crossover Kids report provides clear evidence of our ongoing failure to properly respond to the needs of vulnerable children for stability, healing and compassion. The over-representation of highly vulnerable children with histories of neglect, trauma and abuse in the youth justice system is symptomatic of a lack of coordinated, holistic, well

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2019 OPEN Symposium – Call for Abstracts

2019 OPEN Symposium – Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts! The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare is delighted to invite you to the 2019 OPEN Symposium. The theme of the 2019 Symposium is The Voices that Matter As we strive to build the evidence base and strengthen practice across child, youth and family services it is vital that the voices

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