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Our Story

The Children's Protection Society (CPS) boasts a long and rich history of over 120 years working with children and families, setting in place the foundations for better lives, better care, and most importantly, prevention within the most diverse and challenging sector of community care.

The range of services available to children, young people and families entail professional support for complex issues of sexual abuse, child neglect, family violence, homelessness, poverty, mental health, drug and alcohol issues and the consequent trauma experienced.

Our Board, staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring children get the best start in life and families are empowered to enable this to occur. Underpinning our work is the guiding principle ‘HEART’ – Hope, Empowerment, Accountability, Respect and Trust - the values which bind our culture, purpose and vision.

CPS prides itself on the ground-breaking, evidence-based programs we pioneer and deliver to families in the community. Funded by trusts, government, foundations and donations, clients receive our services free of charge. 

Our History

CPS was founded at a meeting at Government House on March 21st 1896 by then Governor of Victoria’s wife, Lady Sybil de Vere Brassy as the Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (VSPCC).  

Its aims were to protect children from cruelty and neglect, to advance the claims of neglected, abandoned and orphaned children to the general public, to cooperate with existing societies for this purpose and to enforce the laws for the protection of neglected children and juvenile offenders. It was one of the few secular non-government agencies in the child welfare field.

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