Investment to improve safety and wellbeing for vulnerable children

Young people sitting outside a residential care unit
16 February 2015

Young people sitting outside a residential care unitThe Victorian Government has announced a $19 million investment in the out-of-home care system to provide stronger support for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable children and young people.

An additional $16 million will be injected into the system to ensure a staff member remains awake at night in every residential care unit, as well as more staff during the day.

In addition, $1.5 million has been allocated for unannounced spot audits of residential care facilities to ensure the highest possible standard of care is being met, as well as an extra $1.5 million in funding to attract, recruit and retain more foster carers.

A Ministerial Advisory Committee will also be established to provide the Minister for Families and Children with advice on the new approach to foster care recruitment and other significant issues within the out-of-home care system.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos MP said the new money would make a real difference to out-of-home care across the state.

"We have a duty to children who cannot live with their families because of abuse and neglect," Ms Mikakos said.  

"Together with Victoria's community service organisations, we are making changes to create a safer environment for our children, as well as recognising and honouring foster carers."

These exciting initiatives are designed to strengthen the immediate safety and wellbeing of children and young people in care, while also introducing a mechanism to work with the sector to address systemic issues through the Ministerial Advisory Committee.

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