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The attached paper, by Michael Yore, explores whether Catholic social welfare services bring an enriched quality of services and advocacy to their work. It includes discussion questions, making it useful in for orientation program in a Catholic agency.
Many of our general community standards of care for older people are not often applied to those in prison.  These include community inclusion, loving care, close contact with family, appropriate physical and social conditions, health care, and respect for the dignity of each person.

Which of these standards should we relax for people in prison?  Which of these can be done away with without undermining the minimum acceptable levels of respect for the human dignity of an older person?  Which of them would we want set aside if an elderly family member were to be incarcerated?

We need to have the conversation.

In a submission to a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into abuse in disability services, Catholic Social Services Victoria argues for a single, robust and independent body to oversee complaints.

Great news that Australia is to take 12,000 more refugees, plus provide additional assistance to those in need in the Middle East. 

As the Bishops' Social Justice Statement highlights, it's now also time for justice for all asylum seekers in Australia.
The response across the Church and community has been very positive.  Archbishop Denis Hart has called for a renewed commitment of ‘prayer, discernment and work’ at parish level and beyond, and pointed out that many Melbourne parishes are already reaching out in support, care and assistance to asylum seekers in our community.  He encourages a response ‘as Christ would want, to those in need.’ 

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.'

Click here for the submission to the Victorian Royal Commission on Family Violence. Thanks to our Working Party for work on this, and for our ongoing project to play our part in building a safer community.

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.

Thanks to all who contributed to our Commissioning Mass and Annual General meeting at MacKillop Family Services on 12 March.  Congratulations and thanks to Patrice Scales, who was re-elected as Chair of Council, and to Jan Horsnell, John Blewonski and Cathy Humphrey on their election to Council.
 Click here for the 2005 report of a project that updated the Catholic Social Services Directory and analysed the service gaps, emerging needs and organisational-specific strategic issues of the individual members of CSSV. 

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Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work. Click for our Reconciliation Vision
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