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Ensure advanced family violence practitioner positions are established at each Support and Safety Hub

Recommendation:
211
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Victorian Government ensure that advanced family violence practitioner positions are established at each of the 17 recommended Support and Safety Hubs. As an immediate measure, additional resources should be provided to existing services, so that they can provide additional secondary consultation to universal services until the practitioner positions are established.

  • As outlined at Recommendation 37, Family Safety Victoria has started implementing The Orange Door Network across the state. The development of The Orange Door Network included providing for Advanced Family Violence Practitioners that operate as part of highly skilled, multi-disciplinary teams in The Orange Door Network. These positions strengthen the high level of specialist expertise in working with people experiencing family violence and with perpetrators of family violence. They contribute to building the capacity of all workers through providing secondary consultation, expert advice and guidance, provision of learning, development, mentoring, supervision and opportunities for reflective practice. The role that these positions play across the functions of The Orange Door Network and in relation to the broader service system are a feature of the Service Model and Integrated Practice Framework.

    Since the Royal Commission into Family Violence, funding to specialist family violence services for case management and other client supports has risen by more than 230%. In 2014-15, $17 million was provided for case management and support and expanded to $58 million in 2019-20. This increased capacity assists specialist family violence services to provide secondary consultation to universal and other support services.

    The redevelopment of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework will consider these roles in the system, in addition to other mechanisms to support secondary consultation and the provision of expert advice.

  • As detailed in Recommendation 38, significant investment was provided in the 2017-18 State Budget to establish and implement The Orange Door Network across all 17 Department of Health and Human Services areas.

    Designing and planning for the Advanced Family Violence Practitioner roles has been part of the development of The Orange Door Network. These positions play a key role across the functions of The Orange Door Network and in relation to the broader service system and are a feature of the Service Model and Integrated Practice Framework. The positions provide specialist expertise and practice leadership.

    These positions have been embedded into the service prerequisites ensuring that these important roles are recruited before The Orange Door Network can commence service delivery.

    Advanced Family Violence Practice Leaders have been appointed in all of the operational areas (Barwon, Bayside Peninsula, Inner Gippsland, Mallee and North Eastern Melbourne, Central Highlands and Loddon areas) and recruitment is currently underway in Goulburn in advance of service commencement in 2021. .

    The inclusion of an Advanced Family Violence Practice Leader is part of the business as usual funding, establishment and operation of the Orange Door Network. The requisite documentation, implementation and monitoring activities are in place to ensure that it is implemented in The Orange Door Network in the 17 Department of Health and Human Services areas by 2022 and this can be evidenced.

  • Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2022.

Reviewed 07 January 2021

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