Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
_h_Our vision, values and purpose_hh_
Leadership and advocacy in child, youth and family services.
Our Board members are highly respected leaders and experts in the child and family services sector.
The Centre's annual and financial reports, Reconciliation Action Plan, and other important publications.
Employment opportunities with The Centre.
Find out about our events, including the Debutante Ball.
Deb advocates to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the areas of child safety, education and health.
_h_Nationally Recognised Training_hh_
The Centre provides nationally recognised training to organisations and individuals in child and family services.
RCLDS provides training and learning opportunities for residential care workers across Victoria.
_h_Child Safe Organisation_hh_
Information on new Child Safe Standards legislation, relevant training, and helpful resources.
Driving development of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system.
_h_Sector Development Forums_hh_
Free forums convened by The Centre for professional workers, aiming to provide a space for discussion and progression within the sector.
The Centre's submissions to the state government, Royal Commissions, and government bodies.
_h_Treating Families Fairly_hh_
Advocacy for vulnerable families in Victoria.
The Raising Expectations project aims to help young and mature care leavers access higher education.
A sector-led project focused on foster care recruitment.
Information for employers and employees in residential care on workplace safety.
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
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.
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
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
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
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