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Gambling advertising during live sports broadcasts tempts viewers to gamble; this causes unnecessary harm, and brings no benefits, according to a recent submission from the Victorian InterChurch Gambling Taskforce.

A recent Victorian Government announcement of additional support for children in Kinship Care is a welcome step in enhancing this vital support for children who cannot live with parents and for the extended family members who support them.  A report from the Ombudsman into financial support for kinship carers indicates that there is more to be done.
The Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria recently reviewed our strategic plan and identified priorities for the coming year. These include policy and advocacy to advance outcomes for people who are disadvantaged and vulnerable, and prevention and responding to child abuse within the Catholic Church and member organisations.
Read the strategic plan (2017-2019), here.
The final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, is now being absorbed. 

As a sector in the service of the Gospel imperatives of loving service and work for justice, our response must include renewed commitment to victims, to protection of children and vulnerable people, and to the promotion of human flourishing in all the darker corners of our society.

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