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.
Employment opportunities with The Centre.
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.
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
The Centre provides nationally recognised training to organisations and individuals working in child and family 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 information to make your workplace child safe in Victoria
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
The Centre is committed to ethical youth participation. As the peak body for child and family services, we work alongside young people to provide best practice advice to the sector and beyond.
Young people must receive fair payment for their time and expertise
Young people must be meaningfully engaged with organisations as experts and colleagues
Appropriate training, guidance and support should be provided
The physical, emotional, religious and cultural safety of engaged young people must be prioritised
Young people must have the space to be more than just their stories or backgrounds. It is vital to move beyond ‘story’ as a sole tool of empowerment and advocacy
Organisations must ensure that young people receive feedback on the outcomes of projects, events or strategies that they work on
Ongoing effective communication and an open line of dialogue between an organisation and young person must occur
Programs or opportunities are inclusive and accessible, with a strong focus on intersectionality and a diversity of views
Organisations should also seek feedback from young people on process and outcomes and constantly review participation approaches internally
It is vital for community sector organisations to recognise their privilege and power, and to carefully consider their motivations and goals when engaging young people.
It is also integral that young people are provided with opportunities or encouraged to seek out a wide range of professional pathways – both within and outside of community sectors.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to youth participation, and the journey to ethical and meaningful engagement is rarely straightforward or without hurdles. The Centre is working alongside member organisations and colleagues across the community to develop and advise on best practice, and to constantly update our own approach. ~
Participants were contracted by the Centre to engage in policy, advocacy and campaigning work, provide advice on and get involved in sector projects, and to receive support and mentoring as they worked towards their professional and educational goals.
The program combined group workshops with one-on-one mentoring, with the key goal of supporting young people to develop their professional skills and build on individual strengths. It was led by and for the participants.