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Priority Area 4: Strengthening leadership in the specialist sector

Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response was launched in 2016 to lay the foundations for building a supported, valued, skilled and diverse workforce. Five years on, we reflect on key actions and achievements so far.

Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 1:59 am

Priority Area 4 in Strengthening the Foundations, the First Rolling Action Plan 2019-22 under Building from Strength, ensures that sector leaders can build, develop and motivate their workforce to work towards ending family violence. It encourages leadership that is capable, purposeful and connected.

Key project updates

Leadership intensives and alumni network

The leadership intensives and alumni network programs support the acquittal of Actions:

  • 4.1: Deliver leadership intensives that bring together public sector thought leaders, academia and the specialist sectors and broader social service sector to explore managing change in a complex environment.
  • 4.2: Establish a Leadership Intensive Alumni network to enable participants to continue to build on their learnings in relation to contemporary practice.

Leadership intensive programs are being delivered to more than 70 senior leaders from the family violence and broader community services sector by the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) in 2021. Guest speakers cover topics such as ‘trauma-informed leadership’ and ‘strategic and influential leadership’.

FSSI also supports ongoing learning through an alumni network, which provides regular online panel discussions on issues such as ‘coaching and mentoring’, ‘co-design’ and ‘feminist leadership.'

Watch the FSSI Leadership Network Fireside Chat: Co Design and find out more at FSSI website.

Leadership Intensive Program - Semester 2

Applications are now open for Semester 2 of FSSI’s 2021 Leadership Intensive Program. This non-accredited program, which is part of Strengthening the Foundations: First Rolling Action Plan 2019 -2022, will be commencing in August 2021. The program will be delivered online with places fully funded by Family Safety Victoria. Apply for the program through the FSSI website.

Feminist Leadership Research Project

Work is continuing on the Future Social Service Institute’s (FSSI) Feminist Leadership Research Project to examine contemporary feminist leadership, management and governance practice in the specialist family violence prevention and response sectors.

The Feminist Leadership Research Project acquits Action 4.3: Undertake an action research project on contemporary feminist leadership practice in the family violence and primary prevention sectors.

The project is led by academics including:

  • Kerry Lyons, who co-authored the Stories into Evidence project about COVID-19 adaptations within the Victorian social services sector.
  • Emily Maguire, a specialist in family violence and violence against women and a past participant in the FSSI Leadership Intensives Program.

Research is being informed by interviews with leaders and managers from across Victoria, and seeks to build understanding of the unique leadership, management and governance practices within the specialist family violence prevention and response sector in Victoria.