The Victorian Government's vision is that every child should thrive, learn and grow, be valued and respected, and become an effective adult. The government's aspirations, articulated in its Outcomes Framework for all Victoria Children and Youth, are the same for vulnerable children and youth as for all children. Many families need occasional support to realise these aspirations, especially where their capacity to support and care adequately for their child is impaired. They may also require the additional support and targeted interventions of Family Services.
Family Services has a critical role in promoting outcomes for vulnerable children and families, and provides a range of service interventions with a whole-of-family focus to:
- Strengthen parent capability to provide basic care, ensure safety and promote their child's development
- Improve the family's community connections and access to community resources
This requires building and supporting a reliable network on ongoing services, strong linkages and sustained engagement with relevant universal and adult services, and supporting these services to work effectively with vulnerable children and families.
- Child and family services information, referral and support teams
Contact details for family services in different regions of Victoria, which can be used to report child abuse, or to refer vulnerable children and their families to services they need.