Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $972,000 to intervene earlier so that vulnerable families and children in South West Victoria are better supported to stay together.
The Victorian Government announced $29.2 million in the 2017-18 Budget for Child FIRST and integrated family services to work with more than 2000 families at risk of becoming involved with child protection or out-of-home care.
Ms Tierney said about $141,000 would go to Brophy Family & Youth Services Inc to support its Child FIRST program in the region, with a further $831,000 for family services providers across the Warrnambool, Moyne, Glenelg and Southern Grampians areas.
The funding also incorporates $5.1 million to trial and evaluate evidence-based programs that improve family capability and child safety.
The latest investment will help to identify families at risk earlier and connect them with the right support services.
A record $1.9 billion is being invested across Victoria to end family violence, as announced in the 2017-18 State Budget.
This funding will be used to establish 17 support and safety hubs across the state, deliver after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and develop a 10-year industry plan.
The Victorian Government also committed $161 million further strengthen the children, youth and families system to respond to growing demand and to intervene earlier with families who are at risk.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP
“Every child has the right to live a full and productive life in an environment that builds confidence, security and happiness, irrespective of their family circumstances and background.”
“We know that prevention and early intervention is the most effective way to prevent harm, abuse or neglect.”
“I’m pleased to see the Andrews Labor Government is investing in early intervention and prevention services in South West Victoria so that vulnerable families are better supported much earlier, giving children the best start in life and the best chance to reach their full potential.”