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17 Oct 2017

Invisible Practices: researching effective violence inter...

As we recognise this Week Without Violence, it is imperative that professional practice actually evolves and more effectively addresses the scourge of family violence that afflicts women and their children. Invisible Practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence is a new project funded by ANROWS and partner organisations.  Led by Cathy Humphreys with a team of University of Melbourne researchers and partner organisations in Victoria, NSW, Qld and WA, the project focuses on practitioners' support requirements when working with fathers who use violence. Child protection and family services professionals are contributing to the development of practice guidelines in this challenging area of work. Two CPS staff are part of the Communities of Practice group for the Victorian aspect of the research and have attended three of six workshops thus far. The impetus for Invisible Practices was an increased concern about the response of frontline services when intervening with fathers who use violence. Many interventions occur outside specialist behaviour change programs for fathers that are still in contact or living with their children and partners. As an organisation committed to implementing the latest in evidenced-based best practice, CPS welcomes the opportunity to contribute to a project that will hopefully better equip practitioners who work with violent fathers.

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16 Oct 2017

CPS tees up for Week Without Violence

The Week Without Violence (WWV) is an initiative created by the YWCA (USA) in 1995. The campaign's goal is to end violence against women and occurs in the third week of October each year. At CPS our staff work with survivors of family violence every day and know intimately the various trauma caused to mothers and their children who are often the silent victims. Since 1999 the northern metropolitan region has had a proud history of participation in the WWV, primarily through the Clothesline Project which focuses on raising awareness about family violence. The Clothesline Project was created in 1990 by a coalition of women’s groups in Massachusetts, USA. The concept was to break the silence and bear witness to the prevalence of violence against women. This year CPS staff at Thomastown (above) and Heidelberg (below) participated with great enthusiasm, expressing their feelings about family violence using words and artwork painted on T-shirts. Before being displayed in CPS' reception area, staff were keen to try them on and take some time out in the sunshine to demonstrate their support for the Week Without Violence and the Clothesline Project.    

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1 Sep 2017

Fathers Day & Op Shop Week - double the reasons to shop!

Our beloved Op Shop is well stocked with a range of books, CD's and other quirky, gifty things sure to surprise and delight this Father's Day. And for mums and daughters there's a vast array of funky fashion to make the trip to 43 Beetham Pde Rosanna even more worthwhile. The shop is open from 10am - 12.30pm on Saturday, which also coincides with the last day of National Op Shop Week. The Op Shop has been in business for over 30 years and has contributed well over a million dollars in funds to directly help CPS make better the lives of vulnerable children in the local community, including programs designed to assist Dads to become better Fathers. If you can't make it tomorrow morning, that's okay, the CPS Op Shop is open every day bar Sunday and is always chock full of bargains. And say g'day to new manager Catrina (pictured)!   Rollerblades(!), a doorbell exerciser(!), ooh ah Glenn McGrath & Molly(!), a vintage Discman(!), a Dimple whiskey receptacle(!) and last,  but not least, don't forget to fill Dad's boot glass!!!      

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28 Aug 2017

CPS offers timely Child Protection Week training

During the lead-up to Child Protection Week (3 - 9 September), CPS urges individuals and organisations that work or volunteer in any capacity with children to ask themselves these questions: • What would I/we do if I believed a child was being abused? • How would I/we recognise the signs of child abuse? • How would I/we respond to a disclosure of abuse and family violence? • Who would I/we refer to and how would I record my concerns? If you are unsure about your answers, please consider enrolling in our upcoming training session – Child Abuse: The 4 R’s. This training enables participants to recognise the signs and indicators of all forms of abuse, including family violence; learn how to respond to a disclosure; examine how to record concerns and recall who to report and refer to. Information relating to mandatory reporting, criminal legislation and requirements to ensure children’s safety are covered. This is a great way to contribute towards your professional development portfolio, and a great way for staff to build on existing knowledge & share learning and most importantly work together to keep children safe. Cost: Child Protection Week Special **$100 per person (save $65). Limited places so book early. Location: 70 Altona St, Heidelberg West Date: Monday 4 September Time: 12.30 - 4.30pm For more than 15 years CPS' Professional Development & Education team has delivered evidence-based, best-practice training in areas such as Talking to Children about Safety, Working with Vulnerable Families, and a topic CPS specialises in, Responding to Sexually Harmful Behaviours. CPS has a range of other training products and is happy to work with organisations to develop training specific to their requirements. To book, email or call 03 9450 0900. If you cannot make this day/time we have other sessions coming up this year but please be aware places are limited. 4R's Workshop  Flyer

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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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