(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.”Read the story
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! PhotosRead 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.