• STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS FOR MELBOURNE AND STAGE 3 RESTRICTIONS FOR REGIONAL VICTORIA - - ANNOUNCEMENT MADE 3PM, SUNDAY 2 AUGUST 2020 The Victorian Government has announced a number of changes to restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria. For MelbourneNew restrictions will take effect from 6pm Sunday 2 August. A curfew will be in place from 8pm from that evening. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening. People are only allowed to leave their house for work and essential health, care or safety reasons.Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave your house for one of the following four reasons:• To purchase food and necessary supplies. This must… Continue Reading
  • Shame! Grandparents condemn Australian Attorneys General for refusing to raise the age of criminal responsibility - At a meeting of the Council of Attorneys General in Australia held on July 27th 2020, a decision was taken not to increase the age of criminal responsibility in Australia – it currently sits at 10 years of age. Australia's Attorneys-General decided that more work is needed before they decide whether to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. The Council of Attorneys-General decided there was still work to do on what would replace the current system should the age be lifted.  That work isn't expected to be finished until next year, an announcement that has drawn… Continue Reading
  • A strong social security system can help us through this crisis - 30 March 2020 These are truly unprecedented times, and for those who were already struggling to get by, the coronavirus crisis will only add to hardship. That is why we need a swift and compassionate response from government that supports all people receiving social security payments both now and during the recovery phase. The Treating Families Fairly Alliance welcomes the following government announcements: ▪    A coronavirus supplement of $275 per week on top of existing payments including Jobseeker Payment*, Parenting Payment and others from 27 April for a period of six months ▪    A $750 Economic Support Payment for all… Continue Reading
  • Kinship carers across Victoria are hopeful but wary of government promises - Press release - 19 November 2019 On 24 October, the Minister for Child Protection launched the strategy Strong Carers, Stronger Children. The strategy responds to issues raised by carers and was developed through a series of targeted consultations with carers, peak bodies and community service and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. The strategy will be implemented over the next five years through a series of rolling action plans that offer support to carers. The first action plan will be implemented from 2020. The strategy has given kinship carers renewed hope. They can have faith, now that the government has made a… Continue Reading
  • Interview with Minister for Ageing and Carers, conducted during Kinship Carers Week - During Kinship Carers Week KCV conducted an interview with The Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Child Protection and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers. The Minister discussed the significance of the week in recognising the work, love and guidance provided by carers, and he spoke about the Victorian Government's role in supporting carers and their plans for out of home services in the state. If you wish to download the interview to play at any other time on a desktop computer, right click here, then choose ‘save link as’ and save the recording. Alternatively, click directly here to play the… Continue Reading
  • Kinship carers welcome the Victorian Government’s 2019 budget - Central to the support kinship carers offer the budget is the commitment to kinship care evident in the programs the budget funds and in the commitment to funding them across four consecutive years.  Anne McLeish, Director of Grandparents Victoria and Kinship Carers Victoria (GPV/KCV) says, “The financial support provided to kinship care in the 2019 budget is nothing less than what is required to keep kinship care vibrant, and marching in line with the advances being made in the care of children with special needs. These funds will also assist in keeping kinship placements stable through acknowledging the expertise and… Continue Reading
  • The Kinship Carers Victoria Podcast - KCV podcasts broadcast news relevant to all kinship carers, be they formal or informal carers, and be they grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings or close family friends. These podcasts are designed to reach all kinship carers at their convenience, in their own homes and at times which suit them.Topical issues are discussed by a range of expert speakers from across a number of sectors. Topical issues confronting kinship care are discussed by a range of expert speakers from across a number of sectors including the community, government, not-for-profit and legal sectors.Topics in line for examination in the first twelve months… Continue Reading
  • Kinship carer families producing stunning outcomes for children - KCV's longitudinal study, begun in 2011, continues to provide a detailed and extremely useful picture of the evolution of kinship care placements. KCV believes that, where it is possible, remaining within their extended family is in the best interests of children and young people and that this provides the best outcomes for young adults transitioning out of care. The KCV Longitudinal Study of Kinship Care Families supports the validity of this belief. The 2018 survey shows that for the most part, kinship care arrangements for the families in the study continue to be stable. Carer wellbeing Throughout the eight years… Continue Reading
  • Carer KaFÉ - Carer KaFÉ is a program designed to improve and expand kinship and foster carer training Victoria-wide. In September 2016 the Victorian Government announced $2.12 million funding over two years to a Kinship and Foster Care Learning and Development Strategy. Carer KaFÉ is hosted by the Foster Care Association of Victoria and supported by a governing reference group. Organisations represented on the Governing Reference Group are the: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV) Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) Victorian Aboriginal Children… Continue Reading
  • At last – kinship carers are vindicated - “Today’s report from the Ombudsman detailing anomalies present in the treatment of kinship carers is vindication for those many carers who have complained many times over many years. Many carers who read this report will be upset anew as they see their trials and tribulations in dealing with child protection services actually written down and acknowledged. This acknowledgement of the validity of their complaints is in itself a great service to them and they will thank the Ombudsman for it.   Such acknowledgment will enable them to get past the self-doubts arising from dealing with what seemed like an uncaring bureaucracy.… Continue Reading


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