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.
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 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.
Overview of our Learning and Development Services
The Centre provides nationally recognised training to organisations and individuals in child and family services.
RCLDS aims to improve outcomes for young people living in residential care by providing residential care workers the skills and knowledge to perform their role.
The Centre provides online training and courses for the child and family services sector.
Information on new Child Safe Standards legislation, relevant training, and helpful resources.
Driving development of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system.
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.
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.
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Working with the NDIS to support families at risk – training opportunities
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant change in how people with disability and service providers interact.
Previously CFS practitioners could refer families to Disability Client Services within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other specialist community service organisations for a disability support response. With the transfer of responsibility for disability supports moving to the NDIS, all sectors including CFS will need to respond differently to children and families with disability. Frequently, this will mean interfacing with the NDIS.
The NDIS represents an opportunity to support families where there is a disability in new ways. The Scheme can provide valuable tools to help Child and family services (CFS) practitioners focus on early intervention, prevention and joining up services for vulnerable families.
The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (the Centre) has been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to run a series of 20 workshops across the state to help build knowledge and skills in relation to working with vulnerable families where disability is present (in child or parent).
These workshops are designed for Child FIRST/Orange Door, Integrated Family Services, Child Protection and out-of-home care workers to provide practical tools and knowledge to better support families with disability.
The training covers:
These half-day training sessions are free to attend.
Click here to see all other ‘Working with the NDIS’ sessions