Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
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.
Deb Tsorbaris, CEO of the Centre, advocates to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the areas of child safety, education and health.
Employment opportunities with The Centre.
The Centre's annual and financial reports, Reconciliation Action Plan, and other important publications.
Find out about our events, including the Debutante Ball.
To support the child and family services sector to meet the demands of a dynamic and complex environment and the needs of families experiencing vulnerability, the Centre has worked in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop a workforce capability framework.
Overview of our Learning and Development Services
Providing professional development and training opportunities for the child and family services sector.
Offering free training and professional development to residential care workers in Victoria
The Centre provides online training and courses for the child and family services sector.
Training and Assessment Packages for Foster Care Agency Workers
Driving development of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system.
Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme, The Family Violence Information Sharing (FVIS) Scheme And The MARAM Framework
Learning System Grant applications are open to service providers until 13 June 2019.
The Centre's submissions to the state government, Royal Commissions, and government bodies.
Free forums convened by The Centre for professional workers, aiming to provide a space for discussion and progression within the sector.
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.
Working alongside young people to provide best practice advice and encourage ethical participation.
Resources And Supports To Help You Navigate The NDIS
Information for employers and employees in residential care on workplace safety.
Working with service providers to build evidence on what works
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Playgroup Victoria together with the Centre for Excellence in Child Family Welfare are pleased to invite you to the 2nd Early Childhood CEO Symposium.
The benefits for children’s development through play based learning is central to how play can and should be imbedded in the system. To provide us with a world first model of how this can be done we are thrilled to welcome Laurette Professor Marilyn Fleer.
Professor Sue Thomas, CEO of the Australian Research Council has described Marilyn as a World-class leader in research who has demonstrated her capacity to undertake ground-breaking, internationally-competitive research, as well as build Australia’s research capacity by promoting women in research and encouraging them to enter and establish careers in research in Australia.”
Playgroup Victoria has partnered with Marylin and together will be looking to engage with a range of stakeholders through the project over the next three years.
Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer Conceptual PlayLab – is a five-year research project investigating the best way to teach and support young children to form concepts in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). This is Australia’s first in-depth programmatic study in this field.
In this seminar, Professor Fleer will break down the existing research and look at her new play-based model of learning.
Find out what are the steps and strategies educators can use to bring together imagination in play and imagination in STEM when using or adapting this model.
Also learn how early childhood educators can be involved in developing, testing and refining this world-leading research, and the critical role educators play in developing a new generation of thinkers.
Unlike other school-based research into STEM education, this research will follow infants over five years and will look at how they learn concepts informally at home and in preschool settings. It has been funded through a Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.
Marilyn has assembled an international team of researchers who will join us on the day.
This symposium builds on Playgroup Victoria’s development of the Playgroup Framework.