The Victorian Council of Social Service welcomes the Andrews Government’s long-term plan to improve the support service system for vulnerable children and families, announced today.
“Victoria needs a system that meets the needs of our most vulnerable children and families, and which focuses on early intervention and prioritises keeping children safe while giving families the support they need,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS.
“The reform project outlined by Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos is a welcome announcement that takes a big picture view of the system and commits to long-term improvements over many years.”
“VCOSS welcomes the commitment to take an evidence-based and expert-led approach to improving outcomes for children and families.”
“It is important that the government’s Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children recognises the continuum of risk that exists across different ages and in different locations, focuses on using universal services as a platform, and works towards long-term improvements that will last beyond electoral cycles.”
“VCOSS particularly welcomes the partnership approach that is being taken by the State Government, and the commitments to consult with organisations that deliver services as well as the people who use those services.”
“The significant growth in child protection notifications and the large number of children in out-of-home care are evidence that our child protection system is not working.”
“The Roadmap announced by the Andrews Government is an important step towards shifting the demand on the system away from crisis responses towards one that focuses on prevention and early intervention.”