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
We are excited to announce the 2019-20 learning system grants are now open.
The Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, safe children is the Victorian government’s strategy for reforming the children, youth and families services system.
The strategy requires organisations providing support to children, young people and families – including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – to become a learning system.
A learning system is an operational structure where outcomes are measured, and services are continually evaluated and improved.
Becoming a learning system requires the best evidence of what works, or shows promise, for children and families who are at risk in Victoria – and the ability to translate this into practice.
Grant recipients will need to demonstrate how they will disseminate project findings to:
The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare will administer the learning system grants.
The selection process will be jointly conducted by the Centre with direct input from DHHS.
Learning system grants are open to service providers who are registered as a community service organisation under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, or eligible for registration under the Act. Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering services to children, young people and families are eligible to apply.
Applications must address each of the selection criteria below to be eligible:
Frequently Asked Questions
For prospective applicants, we've prepared answers to the Learning System Grants FAQs
For information on the learning system grants and the application process, please contact:
Dr Michele Lonsdale Director – Social Policy and Research
Phone: (03) 9094 3521