MacKillop Family Services welcomes investment in vulnerable children and families

Posted on 14 Apr 2016

MacKillop Family Services has welcomed the announcement by the Victorian government that the State budget includes an investment of $168 million to deliver crucial support services for vulnerable children, young people and families under its Roadmap for reform: strong families, safe children initiative.

Gerard Jones, Acting CEO of MacKillop Family Services, said the Roadmap for Reform provides a comprehensive approach to supporting families and ensuring vulnerable children are given the best possible start to their life.

“The great strength of the Roadmap for Reform is that it considers the full spectrum of support services required to support vulnerable children and families, from strategies aimed at prevention and early intervention, through to crisis responses for individuals who experience trauma and abuse,” he said.

“Obviously the ultimate goal is the prevention of harm to all children, and to that end we are pleased the government has committed additional funding to family support services. However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that reports to child protection are forecast to exceed 100,000 for the first time in 2015/16, and the funding allocated to boost crisis support options, such as foster care and kinship care, is imperative.

“We are particularly pleased to see the commitment to transforming residential care, which builds on the evidence base – supported by MacKillop’s own experience – that therapeutic models of care promote healing.”

Mr Jones also welcomed the government’s commitment to invest $572 million over two years to implement many of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“This is an unprecedented level of investment, and shows outstanding leadership by the State government and a genuine commitment to following through on its promise to implement every recommendation of the Royal Commission,” he said.

He singled out the commitment to programs that provide intensive support to children in their own home, saying, “for too long, children have been the forgotten victims of family violence. Our staff witness the long-term impact of exposure to violence in the home every single day, and we are pleased to see significant funding allocated to these programs.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with the government and other community organisations to implement the programs that will be funded in the State budget.”

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