Children and Youth Area Partnerships

Children and Youth Area Partnerships (Area Partnerships) are establishing new ways of working at the local level to more effectively join-up social services in Victoria at a system level to support better outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Too many vulnerable children and young people are not achieving the same outcomes in health, education and wellbeing that is expected for all children and young people. Despite genuine efforts by government and other stakeholders, the impact needed to make a lasting positive difference for all children and young people has not been achieved.

Area Partnerships take a holistic view of child and youth vulnerability and provide a key foundation for achieving the transformational change required to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Area Partnerships use a collaborative and broad-based model of governance to help drive improved outcomes. They bring together the most senior representatives in a local area from State, Commonwealth and local governments, the community sector and the broader community, who are most able to make a difference for vulnerable children, young people and their families. In doing so, Area Partnerships will raise the expectations for vulnerable children and young people.

Eight Area Partnership launch sites have been established across Victoria:

  1. Central Highlands
  2. Inner Gippsland
  3. Mallee
  4. Loddon
  5. Outer Eastern Melbourne
  6. Ovens Murray
  7. Southern Melbourne
  8. Western Melbourne.

Children and Youth Area Partnerships 2015 Conference

The second Area Partnerships conference was held on 20 October 2015. The focus of the day was to have an active learning space to develop a shared and deeper understanding of the skills, capabilities and knowledge required to enable successful collaborative practice. A total of 210 people participated in the day from a broad range of sectors – state, Commonwealth and local governments, community sector, philanthropic, academic and business.

Please see the presentations and videos below.

 

Shared Leadership - Liz Skelton, Director, Collaboration for Impact and The Adaptive Practice

Presentation

Shared Leadership – Liz Skelton, Director, Collaboration for Impact and The Adaptive Practice (ppt 1.6 MB)

Youtube video of presentation

 

 

Stories from the Field - Dr Michelle Lucas, Director, Opportunity Child

Presentation

Stories from the Field – Dr Michelle Lucas Director, Opportunity Child (ppt 11.3 MB)

Youtube video of presentation

 

 

Stories from the Field - Jenny Riley, Evaluation, Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Presentation

Stories from the Field – Jenny Riley, Evaluation, Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (ppt 896 MB)

Youtube video of presentation

 

 

Stories from the Field - Kerry Graham, Director, Collaboration for Impact

Presentation

Stories from the Field – Kerry Graham, Director, Collaboration for Impact (ppt 1 MB)

Youtube video of presentation

 

 

Stories from the Field - Peter Ewer, Regional Director North West, Department of Justice and Regulation

Presentation

Stories from the Field – Peter Ewer, Regional Director North West, Department of Justice and Regulation (ppt 2.9 MB)

Youtube video of presentation

 

Further information and reading

Collective impact

Centre for Social Impact – aims to improve the delivery of beneficial social impact in Australia through research, teaching, measurement and the promotion of public debate.

Collaborating for Impact – an Australian community of practice that helps communities work better together to tackle their toughest problems. Through research-informed, practice-based learning we work with people and organisations to increase their collaboration skills and ability to apply the collective impact framework to create large-scale social change.

Collective Impact Forum (FSG) – exists to support the efforts of those who are practicing collective impact in the field and facilitates sharing of knowledge, tools and training.

United Way Australia – aims to improve school preparedness, literacy and readiness for work by mobilising community groups, corporate partners, government, service organisations, schools and individuals to implement key programs.

Data and statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – the statistical agency of the Australian Government. The ABS provides key statistics on a wide range of issues, including children, youth and families.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – a major national agency that provides authoritative information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.

Data.Vic – the place to discover and access Victorian government open data for research purposes, to gain insights and understanding.

Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System (VCAMS) – tracks and measures children and young people's health, wellbeing, safety, learning and development outcomes.

Research and innovation

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) – exists to develop, test and spread innovations that change lives for the people who need it most.

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) – the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing.

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) – progresses and promotes evidence-based programs and strategies to improve the wellbeing of children and youth.

Communities that Care – is an evidence-based, community-change process for reducing youth problem behaviours, including harmful substance use, low academic achievement, early school leaving, sexual risk-taking, and violence.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute – undertakes research into infant, child and adolescent health. The Institute studies the health of communities, to understand the factors that affect child health and its management at the population level. Part of what we do examines the complex interplay of social, environmental, and biological factors that influence child health.

Stanford Social Innovation Review – a magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems.

Engaging young people

CREATE Foundation – the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience.

Foundation for Young Australians – delivers a range of programs, co-designed with young people, that create social change across Australia.

Youth Affairs Council of Victoria Inc (YACVIC) – the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people’s issues in Victoria.

Office For Youth – the key agency driving a whole-of-government program for Victorians aged 12 to 25. It is responsible for policy advice, research and strategic planning relating to government policies, programs and service delivery for young Victorians. It is also responsible for providing opportunities and channels for young people’s opinions to be considered by the Victorian Government.

Supporting Aboriginal participation in school

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc (VAEAI) – Protocols for Koorie education in Victorian primary and secondary schools (pdf) – provides guidance on appropriate protocols for schools to follow when seeking to provide a welcoming school environment for Victoria’s Koorie communities, and for working respectfully with our Koorie community to enrich school curricula.

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc (VAEAI) – Koorie School-Community Partnerships Agreement (pdf) – a guide to establishing a Koorie School-Community Partnerships Agreement. These Agreements set out how Koorie parent/caregivers and schools will work together for the benefit of Koorie students.

Victorian Government reform initiatives

Education State – Schools – a document that contains information about new funding, new initiatives and priorities of the Victorian Government's investment in education for school aged children. This state-wide reform agenda aims to make significant improvements in educational outcomes over the next 10 years.

Education State – Early Childhood Services – consultation paper released to inform the direction for Victorian Government priorities in Early Childhood Education.

Roadmap for reform – Strong families, safe children – a project that will set the directions and practical steps for long-term reform of the Victorian child and family services system. This includes child protection, early intervention services and out-of-home care.

Whole of Government Youth Policy – What’s Important to Youth? discussion paper is part of the consultation process that will inform the development of the Victorian Government's new youth policy. It sets out why Victoria needs a new youth policy, asks what the government can do better to support young people to achieve their potential, and outlines the next steps and how to provide input.

10yr Mental Health Plan – discussion paper that outlines a vision to guide mental health policy and strategic investment, proposes key outcomes that we can work toward to realise this vision, identifies some strategic investment and activities required to achieve these outcomes.

Contact information

Vulnerable Children's Reform Unit
Telephone: (03) 9096 2601
Email: areapartnerships@dhs.vic.gov.au

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