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Protecting children and families

Family with dogThe department has a role across government and in the community to sustain and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.

All families need support to meet their own and their children’s needs. Some families need a family support service when they are experiencing difficulties that make them more vulnerable, and impact on their parenting and family life.

Meeting the needs of children and making sure they are safe in the family is a shared responsibility between individuals, the family, the community and the government. 

The department is coordinating the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust report, which came from the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations. The department is also coordinating the Victorian response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is part of the department’s commitment to helping reduce family violence and child abuse in our community.

Who's involved

Sano Taskforce - Victoria Police

Investigates historic and new allegations that have emanated from the Victorian Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse involving Religious and Non-Government Organisations

Criminal Justice

Focus on increasing community confidence in how the justice system deals with crime, the division is involved in policy and legislative development, law reform, innovative projects and service delivery

Department of Human Services

Drives the government's action plan to address violence against women and children, and youth justice

Community Crime Prevention

Provide grants to support community organisations and local government to reduce violence against women and their children

Victoria Police

Preventing, investigating and solving crime

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Family violence

Help and support including 24 hours crisis care and assistance is available for those who experienced family violence

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Betrayal of Trust implementation

Implementation of the Betrayal of Trust report and recommendations into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-government organisations

Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse

Victorian government response into the Commonwealth Royal Commission that inquired how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

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Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children grants (External link)

Grants supporting local communities to reduce violence against women and their children

Children and families resources (External link)

Provides health and medical information that is reliable, easy to understand and locally relevant

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Family Matters (External link)

Research journal of the Australian Institute of Family Studies containing the latest research and contributions from social scientists, social policy analysts and agencies

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Working with Children Check (external link)

The Check aims to protect children from physical and sexual harm by screening people for serious sexual, physical and drug offences

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Family Violence Data Portal

Key measures of family violence in Victoria provided by the Crime Statistics Agency

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.