Ensure refuge and crisis accommodation services can meet the needs of children

In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Victorian Government ensure that all refuge and crisis accommodation services catering to families have adequate resources to meet the particular needs of the children they are accommodating, including access to expert advice and secondary consultations in supporting children.

  • Work has commenced to ensure all refuges have access to adequate resources for the individual needs of the children they accommodate. This work will seek to address both gaps in resourcing and therapeutic responses for children and is being delivered as part of the broader work to strengthen responses to children and to enhance support in refuge and crisis accommodation.

    A range of therapeutic demonstration projects have been trialled and evaluated to provide support and build the evidence around providing best practice responses to children.

  • A review of the resources required to meet the needs of children and young people in refuge and crisis accommodation services was completed in late 2017. The review has contributed to the development of strategies to strengthen individual refuges' responses to children and young people. The strategies include capacity building for family violence refuge and crisis accommodation services, providing locally based resources and supports, and establishing a state-wide platform for knowledge sharing.

    In September 2018, the development of a child-focused Learning and Development strategy for refuge practitioners commenced. The Learning and Development strategy will strengthen and support a consistent approach to meeting the needs and safety of children in refuge.

    In addition, the 2018/19 State Budget provided 4-year funding for therapeutic and flexible supports for children, adolescents and their families. This provides for approximately 6,500 Flexible Support Packages each year to keep victim survivors, including children and young people, safe and to support them to recover from their experience of family violence.

    Following the trial and evaluation of the therapeutic demonstration projects, a submission process for the state-wide delivery of therapeutic interventions has been completed. At least 40% of the funding associated with these services will be dedicated to responses to children and young people.

    The focus of these services is on promoting recovery, healing and safety through individually tailored and planned responses to the needs of victim survivors; while holding perpetrators accountable and in view.

  • Forecast implementation date: 30 December 2020.

Reviewed 07 January 2021

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