Children, families and young people
Information on programs such as Adoption, Child Protection, Placement and Support, Family Services, Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Youth Justice and Youth Services.
Latest News and Events
Friday 27 September 2013
On Monday 2 September, the department hosted the Robin Clark Memorial Awards 2013 to recognise outstanding work within the child, youth and family sector and the broader community.
Friday 27 September 2013
The Child and Family Services Outcomes Survey report outlines the findings of a large-scale survey about outcomes for children receiving services from child protection, placement and family services.
Tuesday 03 September 2013
On Monday, 2 September, the Minister for Community Services, the Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP launched Child Protection Week at the Robin Clark Memorial Awards 2013 at Federation Square.
Monday 19 August 2013
Consultations are underway across Australia to help shape the new Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children ensuring that everyone can contribute to this important initiative.
Friday 26 July 2013
A new national foundation to prevent violence against women and children was launched earlier today by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.
Become a permanent care parent
Permanent Care services provide a stable and secure family life for children who, for various reasons cannot live with their own family. Helping a child feel part of a supportive and stable family environment can be rewarding for all family members.More on Become a permanent care parent
Start here for an overview of the services and information the department offers in the area of children, families and young people.
Promoting outcomes for vulnerable children and families and providing support to parents from pregnancy to when their child is four years of age.
Assistance specifically targeted to children and young people at risk of significant harm or where families are unable or unwilling to protect them.
Information on temporary placements for children with relatives, foster parents or in residential care facilities. Includes a guide on how to become a carer.
Information on permanent placement of a child who cannot live with their birth family with a new family. Includes a guide on local and intercountry adoption.
An overview of support services for former care leavers (Forgotten Australians) and young people aged 16-21 that are leaving or have recently left an out-of-home care placement.
Help is available for those who have experienced family violence. Family violence includes not only physical injury but direct or indirect threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, damage to property, social isolation and any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear.
Sexual assault support services provide direct services for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault.
Information on services, programs and initiatives to help young people be safe, grow their abilities, and become more involved in their communities.
The Victorian youth justice program works with young offenders aged between 10 and 20 years to ensure care, custody and supervision for young offenders through the provision of programs.
The Victorian Government has a deep and enduring respect for Aboriginal people and culture, and acknowledges the special place of Aboriginal Victorians as the original inhabitants and custodians of this state.