Acting in the best interests of vulnerable children and youth
The Best Interests Principles of the CYFA
The Best Interests Principles provide guidance on how to promote positive outcomes for children who are
vulnerable as a result of their family’s circumstances, dynamics and social isolation. The principles recognise that
where families that are under stress, extended family, local communities, community services and the State need to
play a more active role in supporting parents and alternative carers to meet children’s needs. Where parents are not
able to provide an adequate level of care for their child – family services, child protection and placement services
will augment direct care arrangements to ensure the child’s needs can be met.
The Best Interests Framework
A Best Interests Framework has been developed to help create a common language and a consistent approach to
promoting the best interests of vulnerable children and youth across family services, child protection and placement
services. The framework presents the best interests principles and associated provisions of the CYFA in a coherent
policy and practice framework which puts the inter-related dimensions of the child’s experience at the centre.
Information for community service organisations and Child Protection
An Investigation Into The Effects Of Transitional Housing and Support on Primary School Aged Children
This investigation used a child-centred approach, interviewing children about their impressions and experiences, as well as parents about the effects of the transition period on their children and on their parenting capacity.
Best Interests Principles Fact Sheet
This is part of a series of fact sheets that will support you in gaining familiarity with the new Children,Youth and Families Act 2005, and the Child Wellbeing and
Safety Act 2005. These Acts are key building blocks to support the every child every chance reform strategy to promote children’s safety,wellbeing and
Child FIRST and Child Protection
The Children, Youth & Families Act 2005 (CYFA) provides the legislative basis for the provision of services to vulnerable children, young people and their families. The new legislation places children’s best interests at the heart of all decision-making and service delivery. A range of enhanced service delivery arrangements will be implemented to reflect the intent of the legislation; in particular earlier intervention with vulnerable children and families.
Children Hidden Stories Untold Problems Lost
Victorian SAAP Regional Children’s Resource Program
Published by the Council for Homeless Persons Australia, February 2006.
Over the past 10 years awareness of accompanying children in SAAP agencies has grown. However little of this attention has extended to children in SAAP family agencies as a particular group. The intention of this report is to ‘shine the light’ on these children, reviewing the broad base of literature and data available on children in SAAP with a particular focus on developing an understanding of children in family agencies.
Convention of Child rights
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child In Child Friendly Language.
“Rights" are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
CRP Presentation CHP Oct 2008
Working With Children Forum October 2008
Every Child Every Chance - ChildFIRST1
Information for community service organisations
Child FIRST (Child and Family, Information, Referral and Support Teams) will be established in designated subregional catchments in a staged process across Victoria to provide a community based referral point into family services (including Family Support Innovation Projects).
Every Child Every Chance - fact sheet April_2006
Welcome to the first fact sheet of what will be a series on the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005. This initial fact sheet provides a global overview of the
new legislation, and will be followed by others that will be topic-focused providing greater detail of both the specific provisions and operation issues
Final Policy Statement Children 20062
Council to Homeless Persons & Victorian Regional Homelessness Assistance Children’s Resource Worker Program
Children and Homelessness Policy Statement - 2007
On an annual basis, approximately 20,000 children, accompanied by their families, who are homeless, attend Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) services in Victoria.
Homelessness has a detrimental and negative effect on the health, physical, social and educational development and well being of children. The disruption and discontinuity to important relationships and environment can damage and delay important developmental steps.
Full Report BuBs On Board
‘BuBs’ on Board: (Building Up Bonds)
Family violence and mother/infant group work in women’s shelters
Report on the Pilot of the „BuBs on Board‟ program
in Five Women‟s Shelters in Tasmania 2008
Governments must act on child homelessness
Media release – for immediate release Friday 3rd April 2009
Governments must act now on record levels of child homelessness
The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has called on Governments to deliver promised action on homelessness as a matter of urgency, following the release today of new figures showing family homelessness continues to increase and has reached a critical point.
Green Paper Submission Children Rural
As Children Resource program Coordinators in rural areas of Victoria, we wish to endorse the
Opening Address of the Prime Minister at the National Homelessness Conference Adelaide
2008, in particular his address focusing on children
“For children homelessness affects school routines and friendships, education and
employment. Worse still, experiencing homelessness as a child makes homelessness
as an adult more likely. That’s why we need to turn the corner”
Homeless Children Brokerage Guidelines July 10
The following guidelines are for use with the Homeless Children’s Brokerage
Support Project. Brokerage funds are managed by the Regional Children’s
Resource Programs in each DHS region across Victoria.
The Homeless Children’s Brokerage support project provides $20,000 of
brokerage funds per annum per region. Project funding will continue until 30
Issues for the safety and wellbeing of children in families with multiple and complex problems - NCPC issues33
The co-occurrence of domestic violence, parental substance misuse, and mental health problems - Leah Bromfield, Alister Lamont, Robyn Parker and Briony Horsfall
More than fifteen years after the almost universal ratification of the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, there is much to be done to
ensure the full respect and protection of children’s rights. Often invisibly,
children are until today very vulnerable to violence in different contexts in every
region of the world. The establishment of clear international norms is a crucial
achievement but must always be followed by action. Those who work with and
care for children naturally play an important role in this process as they clearly
face the challenges of making the principles and ideas contained in the
international norms, part of daily reality.
Linking Services - for Young People Under 16 and Alone - progress bulletin 3
The Office of the Child Safety Commissioner is leading a project to identify how young people who are under 16 and alone, and trying to resolve or stabilise where they live, can be better supported.
One of the key responsibilities of parents is to help children learn to manage their emotions
and behaviour. This supports children to become personally fulfilled individuals who can
participate effectively in society. Parents can help children manage their emotions and
behaviour through a variety of strategies including discipline, which might occasionally involve
the use of negative consequences. However, physical punishment – causing a child pain or
physical discomfort – is not only ineffective as a method of regulating children’s behaviour, but
can also be harmful.
Research and resources about participation
Section 1: Understanding participation — what the
Section 2: Models of participation
Section 3: Useful websites, books, articles and resources