This month we are excited to be launching two new early intervention child and family programs in Victoria, Mothers in Mind (MIM), and the Victorian government-backed Caring Dads, this month - the first evidence-based programs of their kind to be implemented in Australia. The programs help parents overcome the challenges of abuse, violence and trauma and focus on their relationship with their children. In response to the need for father-focused programs, Minister for Families, Children and Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos has today announced that the Victorian Government will commit $575,000 to commence the trial of Caring Dads program. Caring Dads, developed by the University of Toronto, Canada and Changing Ways, offers fathers who have issues of substance abuse and family violence to develop healthy and safe relationships with their children. Mothers in Mind, developed by the Child Development Institute in Toronto Canada, is a support program for mothers who have been victims of family violence, to better support their children (under 5 years). This includes learning how to best manage stress, increase parenting confidence, and support their children to feel safe and secure. Family violence is a factor in 64 percent of child protection substantiations, 41 percent of referrals and 48 percent of out of home care placements. Children’s Protection Society CEO, Aileen Ashford, said the programs demonstrate innovation in the child and family sector, and the evidence base of the programs strongly indicate that they make a real difference to children and families.. “We have witnessed the current system fail at risk children. One part of this is that families dealing with violence, abuse and neglect have limited support available to them. As a sector, we need to enhance the scope of services that assist parents early on and support their positive relationships with their children.” “There are very few services that respond holistically to the multiple issues associated with children and family violence, and are evidence-based. These programs aim to keep children and parents together, and build safe and healthy environments,” she said. Both the Caring Dads and Mothers in Mind programs will be piloted and rolled out in Victoria, and directly respond to the recommendations of the recent Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Associate Professor Katreena Scott, who aided in the development of the Caring Dads program, reiterates the need to urgently implement and find solutions for both parents and children. “We know that focusing on prevention and early intervention can limit the cycle of abuse and violence in at risk families.” CPS educators are currently receiving training in the implementation of these programs, and these services will endeavor to be rolled out later this year across CPS services. About Caring DadsRead the story
Last Friday beautiful Autumn sunshine welcomed 100 mad golfers (is there any other kind?) in support of CPS at Yarra Yarra Golf Club. In the interests of helping CPS provide child and family services (and winning), players dug deep with little advantages such as mulligans for sale ($5 for a re-hit shot) and great raffle prizes up for grabs. A big thanks to Kieser Training and Leonie McNicol for again organising this tremendous fundraiser which has become one of the most anticipated events on our calendar each year. [gallery size="medium" ids="891,884,879,881,880,886,878,882,883"]Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.