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14 Aug 2017

State funding for sexual abuse treatment announced

(Media release from the Victorian Premier's Office) The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening treatment services for young people who show sexually abusive or concerning behaviour and present risks to other children. More than $5.7 million will help 11 agencies across Victoria deliver Sexually Abusive Behaviour Treatment Services for the next three years. The funding will support services treating young people – to work with the individual, their family, carers, school and community – including an assessment and an appropriate response to address the needs of the child or young person and their family. Services will treat young people aged 17 years and under – up from 15 years of age – which was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. These services can run for up to two years, and are accessed voluntarily or as a result of a court order. They also help families and carers to understand and support a child or young person to change their behaviour. The agencies that will receive funding to deliver services over three years include: The Royal Children’s Hospital – $1.24 million Monash Health – $1.09 million Children’s Protection Society in Melbourne – $690,000 Australian Childhood Foundation in Mitcham – $960,000 Ballarat Health Services – $280,000 Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault – $350,000 Centre Against Violence in West Wodonga – $120,000 Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault – $380,000 Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual Assault – $300,000 Mallee Sexual Assault Unit – $220,000 South West Healthcare in Warrnambool – $110,000 The Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform is shifting the children and family services system from crisis response to prevention and early intervention. A record $1.9 billion package of measures to end family violence in Victoria was announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. “This is about addressing destructive behaviour from an early age, to ensure we are rehabilitating young people and setting them on the right path,” said Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos. “Treatment doesn’t stop with the child. It’s about providing the family and other key people supporting the young person with the right tools to address the problem.”

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11 Aug 2017

2017 Lunchtime Rumours Feast

More than 450 guests packed the Regent Theatre's beautiful Plaza Ballroom today for the 12th instalment of the Lunchtime Rumours Feast. MC Craig Willis kicked off CPS' major fundraising event with CPS CEO Aileen Ashford who introduced an emotional video of fathers who've participated in the new Caring Dads program. Subsequently discussing the initiative with 3AW Breakfast host and CPS patron Ross Stevenson, Melbourne's pre-eminent crime reporter John 'Sly' Silvester  provided insight into the value of such early intervention services for the safety of the wider community. On a lighter note, the versatile and supremely talented Rob Sitch shared amusing anecdotes with Ross before ventriloquist Darren Carr almost literally had guests gagging on their mains! As always, the panel featuring 3AW breakfast regulars Ross, John Burns, 'Sly', Peter Ford, Jon Anderson, Kate Stevenson and special guest Glenn Robbins, proved most entertaining. With Jellis Craig's Steve Abbott at the helm the auction was a highlight and CPS thanks the many generous sponsors and lucky bidders. To conclude official proceedings, CPS President Justice Bernard Murphy announced a whopping total of just over $180,000 raised, with the final tally possibly nudging even closer to the magic $200,000 mark. Finally, a special CPS thanks goes to tireless organisers Elaine Marriner, Margaret Robinson and Leonie McNicol who've somehow made the Lunchtime Rumours Feast even bigger and better every year!   Photos

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4 Aug 2017

Korin Korin celebrates Aboriginal Children's Day

CPS recognises the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. We also believe their rich culture should be shared widely with the pre-schoolers at our Korin Korin kinder in Wollert. So this afternoon on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children's Day the educators introduced our little clients to aspects of Indigenous culture. After a Welcome to Country, story time featured the book 'Sorry Sorry' which provided some historical insight in terms the four year olds understood and appreciated. The children then enjoyed the challenge of depicting the likes of goannas, butterflies and kangaroos with replicas of traditional painting implements and colours. Their enthusiasm was evident, as was their respect for the land of the Wurundjeri.     [gallery size="medium" ids="1867,1868,1869"]

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31 Jul 2017

CBA Staff Social Charity Club doin' it for the kids!

Our good friends at the Commonwealth Bank Staff Social Charity Club have done it again! On Saturday evening members of the CPS team were invited to attend their 27th Annual Diamond Ball. CPS, along with Very Special Kids, were the event's charitable partners with all monies raised from the purchase of raffle tickets and bidding on silent and live auction items divided between the two organisations. As a result, the CBA Staff Social Charity Club handed over an extremely generous $90,000 cheque. And this came after CPS received a $10,000 cheque earlier in the evening as a Victorian semi-finalist in CBA's community grants program. What else can we say but thank you to the Commonwealth Bank, their staff and all those who supported the event in aid of two worthy organisations seeking to make children's lives better.                     CPS CEO Aileen Ashford holds 90,000 reasons to smile.

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19 Jul 2017

Child Safe Standards Training: Book Now

Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse. Education, awareness raising and helping organisations to create and maintain child safe environments is the initial focus of the Child Safe Standards. For more than 15 years CPS has delivered evidence-based, best-practice training in areas such as Responding to Child Abuse, Talking to Children about Safety, Working with Vulnerable Families, and a topic CPS specialises in, Responding to Sexually Harmful Behaviours. If your organisation fits within the wide scope that needs to comply with the Child Safe Standards we highly recommend our full day workshop; Date: 23 August 2017 Time: 9.15am - 4.30pm Cost: $192.50 per person Location: CPS, 273 Settlement Road, Thomastown Participations will be confident in ensuring they have the skills necessary to create a child safe organisation. Each of the relevant child safe standards will be worked through in-depth and participants will be able to devise an action and implementation plan to address the standards. Participants will also receive an innovative self assessment audit tool to ensure they are continually improving and embedding a child safe culture within their organisation. To book or for further information please contact us on (03) 9450 0900 or email us at Course Flyer CPS Professional Development & Education Web Page

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10 Jul 2017

CPS Early Years Program exceeds standards again

At CPS our Early Years program endeavours to make children’s lives better by providing outstanding education and care for children in their formative years to help prepare them academically and emotionally for school and beyond. This commitment has been rewarded again by the Australian Children’s Education and Quality Authority (ACECQA) who recently undertook the first external assessment of the CPS operated Korin Korin kindergarten against the National Quality Framework.  Korn Korin has subsequently been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standards, a system providing families and the community valuable information about their choices in terms of education and care service quality. To put this achievement by Aisha Bal (Early Years Executive Manager) and her team into context, Korin Korin was assessed against 58 different elements of quality. And of 4,152 services across Victoria, only 1288 are rated by ACECQA as Exceeding the standard. For more information contact Whittlesea Council’s Early Years Team on 9217 2170 or email Expressions of Interest for three year old kindergarten can be made by calling 9409 1723 or email

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7 Jul 2017

Marching in support of NAIDOC Week

In celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and achievement, several enthusiastic CPS staff joined our agency's Aboriginal Cultural Advisor Ron Briggs in Melbourne’s annual NAIDOC Week March today . The theme for this year's NAIDOC Week, 'Our Languages Matter', recognises that of 250 language groups once prevalent only 150 are left and just 20 of these are not considered endangered. Festivities kicked off early this year with a pre-march festival at 10am, featuring food, refreshments, music, banner making and kids' face painting. Commencing at Victorian Aboriginal Health Services in Fitzroy, walkers continued down Nicholson Street, past Parliament House to the final destination at Federation Square. Here, a smoking ceremony, speeches and live music performances were conducted before a mighty gathering. The march continues to build every year and in concert with beautiful weather and school holidays, it was terrific to see so many children proudly celebrating their culture. [gallery size="medium" ids="1785,1786,1783,1782,1781,1780"]

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29 Jun 2017

Caring Dads and an insight into stopping family violence

On her Life Matters program on ABC Radio National, Amanda Smith interviewed family violence researcher Dr Katie Lamb followed by Fiona Edwards, a CPS Clinical Practitioner within the new Caring Dads program. Their insights into the nature of family violence, the true impact on children and the Caring Dads program, designed to modify the behaviour of fathers who've been abusive and restore broken relationships, is worth hearing. To listen to the full broadcast CLICK HERE.

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28 Jun 2017

Caring Dads anti-violence program launched

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today officially launched Caring Dads, an early intervention pilot program aimed at fathers experiencing drug or alcohol abuse who have committed, or are at risk of committing family violence. The Victorian Government is investing $4.6 million over four years for the Caring Dads program, with an additional $1 million contributed by philanthropic partner Gandel Philanthropy. Fathers attend voluntary group sessions over 17 weeks where they learn parenting skills and the impact of family violence on their children as well as the importance of a respectful relationship with their children’s mother. “This program helps bring in to sharp focus for fathers the impact that family violence can have on their family and the development of their children," said Minister Mikakos. "The Victorian Government is committed to trialling family-focussed programs that end the vicious cycle of family violence.” Referrals to the program are made through alcohol and other drug services, mental health services, child protection, Child FIRST, maternal and child health services, police and other community service providers. The pilot program will operate in three locations around the state. In Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs, the program will be managed by the Children’s Protection Society (CPS) in partnership with UnitingCare ReGen. The Children’s Protection Society is also providing clinical oversight to Anglicare who are running the program in Inner Gippsland, while Anglicare and IPC Health are managing the program in Melbourne’s west. “Family violence is insidious and the whole society has a duty to support programs and activities that address this crisis. Gandel Philanthropy trustees believed that the delivery of a pilot program, based on a very successful overseas model directed specifically at the perpetrators of violence, was worthy of support and had the potential to help tackle this pressing and complex social issue," said CPS CEO, Aileen Ashford. “As a community we need to enhance the scope of services that assists men early on and supports them to build positive relationships with their children. This program will give us that chance. There are very few services that respond holistically to the multiple issues associated with family violence and none are evidence-based.  This program aims to keep children and parents together whilst building safe and healthy environments. “ The pilot will run until June 2019 and will be fully evaluated by the University of Melbourne, represented at the launch by Professor Cathy Humphreys. Caring Dads was developed in Canada and is also currently delivered in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. Following the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence – including researching, trialling and evaluating intervention programs for perpetrators, a record $1.9 billion package of measures to end family violence in Victoria was announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget. Gandel Philanthropy's support comes as a strong advocate for addressing domestic violence and made one of its largest program-focussed grants to support the trial for the next three years. [gallery size="medium" ids="1758,1760,1759"]

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21 Jun 2017

Tax Appeal 2017 - please support vulnerable kids & families

For more than 120 years CPS has provided non-denominational support to countless vulnerable children and families in your local community. Children and families who’ve suffered the effects of domestic violence, sexual abuse, addiction, neglect and financial stress, among other traumas. Besides free counselling services, CPS is at the forefront of best practice early intervention programs, including group sessional therapy for mums and dads and a ground-breaking early learning centre in West Heidelberg for highly vulnerable pre-schoolers. So that our innovative, dedicated services can continue to protect children and strengthen families and communities, please donate generously to our 2017 Tax Appeal. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Every donation, however big or small, combines to make a real difference – it ensures that children and families receive the ongoing help they need. Donate Now

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2 Jun 2017

CPS takes local cultural walk for Reconciliation Week

As part of CPS' involvement in Reconciliation Week and our Reconciliation Action Plan implemented last year, this afternoon staff donned their comfortable shoes and warm clothes to get in touch with the Aboriginal heritage of our catchment area. Workers welcomed the opportunity to gain an understanding of the cultural significance of the land as they seek to build cross cultural competency, relationships, practice and knowledge when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. The Heidelberg Cultural Walk was developed by CPS staff member Danielle Mallia with the direction and advice of Aunty Marg Gardiner (and the support of Wurundjeri Tribal elders, Warringal Cultural Society and Banyule City Council). The walk, which begins at picturesque Heidelberg Park and concludes at Sills Bend by the Yarra River, includes a guided audio tour that focuses on four key locations and reflections on the past and present (narrated by Aunty Marg). After colonisation the area was divided and used for farming potatoes, grazing animals and as a market place. Within 5 years, the right to Wurundjeri Traditions & Cultural Practices and Survival Mechanisms in this area were taken away and made illegal. By 1850 Aboriginal families had been separated, removed from their land and forbidden to speak their language and practice ceremonies. Food rations were managed by government officials and Missions were set up. Despite all the dispossession and atrocities, the resilience and strength of Wurundjeri People has enabled culture and language to be retained and revived today by descendant family groups. It really is a beautiful and informative walk and well worth taking at your leisure. For more information on the Heidelberg Cultural Walk see this brochure.

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1 Jun 2017

ACECQA 'Excellent' rating renewed at CPS Child & Family C...

Yesterday CPS was presented a significant tick of approval in the form of the coveted 'Excellent' rating at our West Heidelberg Child & Family Centre. Rhonda Livingstone, Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) Education Leader, made a special visit to present the certificate which represents a tremendous effort and hard work by our Early Years team. CPS in fact operates the first Centre in Victoria to be re-awarded this status.  Furthermore, only 52 services across Australia currently hold the rating out of 13,500 rated centres and of those achieving the benchmark only 7 have been re-awarded by ACECQA. 'One of the really exciting things is that more than half (granted Excellent rating) were in the more disadvantaged communities', noted ACECQA's Rhonda Livingstone who took great interest in touring the facility and learning more about how CPS' ground-breaking program works in practice. Opened in 2009, the Centre was established as part of a dual research program to investigate the impact of an intensive program for vulnerable children aged 0 – 5 years old. This unique Centre supports children (and their parents/carers) so they can realise their full potential and arrive at school developmentally and educationally equal to their peers. As such this is an early intervention program that apart from the short term benefits expects to send these at-risk children on a positive life trajectory. Last year CPS opened the Korin Korin Child & Family Centre in Wollert taking learnings from West Heidelberg and applying them to a universal setting. CPS envisages this initiative will eventually lead to improved early learning/care and life outcomes for vulnerable children and families across Australia. [embed][/embed]

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