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The Centre acknowledges that our offices sit on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation and we acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the traditional custodians of this land. We pay respects to community members and elders past and present. We appreciate and celebrate diversity in all its forms. We believe diversity of all kinds makes our teams, services and organisation stronger and more effective.

Our Vision

  • To be a leader in public discourse on upholding the best interests of all Victorian children
  • To be a contemporary and relevant training provider for the child and family services industry
  • To be the leading voice for evidence-based practice in the child and family services field
  • To be an ideas and research incubator
  • To be the first point of call for our members seeking representation and advocacy

Our Values

  • Analysis and reflection: we test knowledge and ideas based on evidence, research and best practice
  • Ethical decision-making: we handle information with care and confidence, and we evaluate and make choices based on ethical principles
  • Creativity: we are willing to do things differently and try new approaches, and we encourage creative thought Collaboration: we share knowledge, time, information and skills, and seek the input and involvement of our members and other organisations in the sector

Our Purpose

  • Policy and ideas Develop, influence and advocate for public policies that advance the rights and wellbeing of children, young people and families and address the social, economic and cultural barriers to improving their lives.
  • Research and practice Lead and share research to support innovation and evidence-informed practice.
  • Capacity building: Strengthen the capacity of organisations to provide services that best suit the needs of vulnerable families and children

Our story

For over 100 years, the Centre has advanced the rights and wellbeing of children, young people and families in Victoria.

We advocate for the rights of children and young people to be heard, to be safe, to access education and to remain connected to family, community and culture. We represent over 100 Victorian organisations working across the continuum of child and family services, from prevention and early intervention to the provision of out of home care. Our members are at the forefront of supporting children, young people and families.

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Meet Our Board & CEO

Our Board

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.

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