The Children’s Protection Society (CPS) welcomes the Andrews Labor Government’s latest family violence initiative which entails trialing new ways to provide intensive therapeutic support to women, children and their families experiencing family violence. Minister for Families & Children, Jenny Mikakos, has committed $22.87 million in funding to 26 pilot projects across Victoria. Rather than the traditional crisis response model the funded projects focus on providing a therapeutic response for as long as survivors of family violence require. For CPS this means at-risk children and families will have access to the groundbreaking Children and Mothers in Mind program (CMM). CMM is a unique mother-child program with some elements originating from Canada, specifically designed for mothers and children who have experienced family violence, are no longer living with the perpetrator. CMM recognises that women who have experienced family violence often lose confidence in their ability to parent effectively, particularly if their parenting is or has been undermined or criticised by an abusive partner, leading to isolation and unhealthy coping mechanisms. The program aims to enhance parenting skills, strengthen parent-child relationships and reduce parenting stress. “Children are often the hidden victims of family violence. CPS is extremely grateful for the $2.5m State Government injection into a program with the potential to change the lives of vulnerable mothers and children, both in the short and longer term", said CPS Chief Executive Officer, Aileen Ashford. “We support many school aged clients struggling with the impact family violence has inflicted on their parent or carer’s ability to bond with them. Children and Mothers in Mind can empower vulnerable mums to form these vital bonds and provide the emotional support their child needs in their early years.” CMM represents an Australia-first trial. Eight community service agencies led by CPS will bring together their expertise and experience including a strong track record in providing Family Violence Services. The other agencies include Anglicare Victoria, Minerva Community Services, Caroline Chisolm Society, Moss Incorporated, CASA, Quantum Support Services, MacAuley Community Services for Women and VincentCare Victoria. The evidence informed program will be delivered at five trial sites across Victoria.Read the story
If Banyule City Council ever had in mind to erect a statue of their model citizen they should look no further than CPS Op Shop volunteer Lennis Craddock. Lennis, who turned 90 on 22 April, has worked at our Rosanna Op Shop since it opened in 1984 and is still going strong. She is quite the character in fact, and one needs to be on their game to keep pace with her razor sharp wit. A local resident for 57 years, besides being a Rosanna Bowling Club member Lennis has donated her time to other community organisations (such as Meals on Wheels and the Rosanna Probus committee for the past 18 years). Lennis’ motivation is simple; she volunteers ‘for the joy of people and helping them’. We sincerely thank Lennis on behalf of all CPS clients who’ve benefited from your commitment to our cause. And in this National Volunteer Week we would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our dozens of volunteers who serve at our Op Shop and within our award winning Mentoring Mums program.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.