National Child Protection Week invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Click here for a reflection from Catholic Social Services Victoria on the challenge posed by recent reports about vulnerable children, including As a good parent would from the Child Safety Commission.
Among other things, 'a whole of society response is needed. We are all called to take responsibility for our own behaviour, but also to play our part in changing the general culture through our impact on those around us.'
Thanks too to Patricia Faulkner and all who participated in the 2 June 2015 briefing and discussion with Patricia, a member of the Royal Commission into family violence. Click here for a copy of the issues paper from the Royal Commission. The submission from CSSV to the Royal Commission will be available soon.
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas MP brought down the Andrews Government’s first budget on Tuesday 5 May. The budget was largely aligned with pre-election commitments, and tended to favour those on the margins of our society.
Catholic Social Services Victoria has urged the Andrews Government to ensure sustainable community services for many years to come through the development of well-articulated policy objectives and adequate resourcing. In a pre-budget submission to Treasurer Tim Pallas, Catholic social services called on the Government to adopt a budget strategy that would address the needs of those who are most vulnerable. Fund priority needs across the social services sector, recommit to a comprehensive strategy analogous to redress disadvantage.