Re-imagining the boundaries

Strong families, safe children: Directions in Victorian child and family services
Thursday 26 July, 1030 – 1050


Kym Peake
Victorian Department and Health and Human Services


The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has been working together with the sector on our shared vision for child and family services in Victoria.

The Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children – the first step – is a vision of shared accountability – where families at risk are supported earlier; connected to support the first time they make contact; and that the support they receive is integrated, connected to community and wrapped around them.

We are looking to:

reimagine the boundaries between care and family support services and where it sits within the larger service system and community
strengthen early intervention and intensive support services – and how we, as a department, need to focus on how best to position Child Protection to execute its forensic statutory role effectively
further advance Aboriginal self-determination and self-management
use evidence to underpin service delivery and decision making
embedding the voice of the child and family in our policy design and practice
This presentation will highlight what the future children and family service system could look like, working at optimal capacity with the sector and sound management of the system.