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Newsletter – July/August 2014

31 July 2014

Leadership Excellence

Twelve graduates recently celebrated the completion of the Diploma of Management. Offered through a partnership between Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV), The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, and Fundamental Training and Development, the course ran from July 2013 to July 2014.

The graduates gained skills in time management, project management, budgets and financial plans, managing people performance, quality and continuous improvement, change management, safety in the workplace and leading teams.

Registrations are now open for the next Diploma of Management program, scheduled for February 2015. For further information please visit the Centre for Excellence Website or contact us on 9614 1577


Learning & Development

The Centre offers a range of accredited and non-accredited training to members and non-members.

Building Skills in Leadership (25-26 August)

This two-day workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of leadership and the various skills needed to build leadership in oneself, teams and across the organisation.

For more information on Upcoming Learning & Development Opportunities click here.

Master Classes

The Centre is pleased to present 2 Master Classes on Friday 22nd August 2014.

“Leaving Care – Aligning policy programs and support to make a difference for young people leaving care” – Presented by Mark E Courtney.

“Engaging Families in Prevention: the potential of in-home and neighbourhood workto prevent child maltreatment” – Presetned by Diane DePanfilis

Further information.

Spaghetti Bolognaise

The paper, ‘Spaghetti Bolognaise on a Tuesday Night’, was produced by a group of young people who have been in care.

The paper reflects on young people’s experience of statutory case planning processes and makes a series of recommendations to improve the processes.

The paper was recently presented by the young people at a meeting with Bernie Geary, Commission of Children and Young People and Robyn Miller, DHS.

Click here for the paper.

Debutante Ball

We would like to invite you to the Debutante Ball for young people in care, hosted by the Commission for Children and Young People in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (The Centre).

The Debutante Ball is a symbol of the growth, aspirations and spirit of our young people and will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 11th August 2014.

Further details, including ticketing information and the Deb Ball journey can be found on the Deb Ball page.

I Just Want to Work

A Resource Kit for CSO’s

The Resource Kit for supporting people to achieve economic participation and social inclusion is a workforce development and agency planning resource. It seeks to give workers in community service agencies tools they can use to increase vocational outcomes for their clients.

The kit has been developed by The O’Sullivan Centre in partnership with Good Shepherd Youth & Family Services and the support of St Luke’s Anglicare.

Click here for further details.

ACWA 2014 – 18-20 August 2014

Children in a Changing World – Challenges for Families and Communities.

This conference provided by ACWA will deliver a unique Australian opportunity to hear international speakers on the latest research impacting children, their immediate and extended families, and the communities in which they live.

Further details and registrations at

Angels of the Street Awards

The Father Bob Maguire Foundation will honour our down-to-earth heroes by conferring its ‘Angels of the Street’ Awards on people you nominate.

We want to find inspirational people in our community who don’t realise how special they are. We want to celebrate their achievements, possibly for the first time.

There will be eight categories. Nominations open on 30 June 2014 and will close on 15 August 2014.

Click here for details.

Youth Volunteering Forum

The Volunteer Resource Centres of Boroondara, Eastern and South East invite you to attend a youth volunteering forum which will address the here, now and why engaging young people in volunteering matters. This half-day forum will comprise a keynote address followed by a panel discussion around how to engage with young volunteers and the benefits for your organisation’s sustainability.

Click here for details.


Royal Commission – Public Hearings

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be holding a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 18th August.

The public hearing will be streamed live via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website.

The Centre has a dedicated page to the Royal Commission on its website, including a summary of all public hearing to date. To access please click here.

 Evidence into Action Paper – Playgroups in Diverse Communities

This Evidence into Action paper was authored by Myfanwy McDonald at the Centre for Community Child Health and Colleen Turner from VICSEG and is based upon information in VICSEG reports, published literature and other information provided directly by VICSEG.

The complete paper can be downloaded at the VICSEG website.

First Excellent rating

Children’s Protection Society (CPS) Children’s Centre in Heidelberg West is the first children’s education and care service in Victoria to receive the Excellent rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

The Centre congratulates CPS on achieving the Excellent Rating.

Click here for further details.

 Federal Budget Forum

On 17th July, the Centre joined with YACVic, VCOSS and the Council to Homeless People to host a forum to develop a response to the Federal Budget.

Click here for further details from the forum.

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