SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families In CAMPASPE
Child and Youth Area Partnerships - Core Competencies Project / visit /
The Loddon Child and Youth Area Partnership supported a demonstration project in Campaspe based on a
- commitment to creating a shared understanding of the drivers of vulnerability;
- Understanding trauma and brain development;
- Social inclusion;
- Respecting culture and cultural differences;
- Sharing information and integrating services.
Campaspe PCP worked in partnership with Campaspe Shire Council and the Loddon Child and Youth Area Partnership in this pilot project to test the hypothesis;
‘Increasing a shared understanding of the drivers of vulnerability will lead to policy and practice change. If we create a shared understanding of the importance of the agreed four areas, will this lead to:
- Organisations reviewing their organisational policies and practices?
- The development of place-based strategy to address the drivers of vulnerability?
- If so, what are the enablers and barriers to this approach being successful?’
This project worked with a cluster of cross-sector organisations and identified community groups based in Shire of Campaspe to:
- Support organisations to implement the organisational assessments & develop action plans - Coach and support five organisations to complete the organisational assessment tool and develop action plans to address the findings.
- Support organisations to trial the worker self-assessments - Support five organisations to trial the worker self-assessments tools across teams with varying levels of direct contact with children, young people and families and develop actions in response.
- Create community knowledge and awareness of the CYAP core competencies/drivers of vulnerability - Promote awareness of the commitment to the shared core competencies including by exploring hosting place-based information sessions with diverse organisations and potentially with community leaders.
- Evaluate the evidence of place-based approaches to addressing the causes of vulnerability
- Support the CYAP Campaspe Core Competencies Project Reference Group to achieve the goal and objectives of this initiative
Our commitment is that the work we do with children, young people and families is: informed by an understanding of trauma and brain development, respectful of cultural differences, responsive to the causes and impacts of poverty (by strengthening social inclusion) and underpinned by a culture of sharing information and integrating our services (through collaborative practice).
Healthcare That Counts Project
In 2017, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released the Healthcare that counts (HCTC): A framework for improving care for vulnerable children in Victorian health services. The HCTC framework was developed to support all Victorian health services to strengthen their response to children at risk of abuse or neglect and drive system-wide improvements to deliver coordinated and high-quality care. All health organisations across Victoria are expected to implement the HCTC framework – whether they be a community health service, acute hospital, Aboriginal health service, rural health service, mental health service, drug and alcohol service or integrated health service.
A survey of PCP partners established that there were low rates of awareness of the HCTC framework. DHHS has funded the HCTC project to support six health organisations in the Loddon area including Echuca Regional Health and Kyabram District Health Service from the Campaspe area.