Recently Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge released Victoria’s
Vulnerable Children – Our Shared Responsibility- a ten-year strategy to
improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. It is a whole-of-government strategy designed to drive broad, transformational change across government, the service sector and the community over the next decade.
The strategy aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families
through three goals:
· Preventing abuse and neglect
· Acting earlier when children are vulnerable
· Improving outcomes for children in statutory care.
The broad-based reform outlined in the strategy is only possible if there
is a shared responsibility for vulnerable children across government, the
service sector and the community. The strategy commits to new governance
arrangements including local networks to facilitate collaboration between
state departments, local government and the community sector. We all need
to work together to achieve change into the future.
It follows the release of the Government’s Directions Paper, released in
May 2012, and contains a performance and accountability framework,
including goals, key outcomes and indicators to reduce the incidence of
vulnerability and improve the lives of vulnerable children. The Victorian
Government will report publicly against this framework annually to measure
Also released today was the first of a series of implementation bulletins
that provides progress updates on key programs and initiatives announced as
part of the Victorian Government’s plan to improve the lives of Victoria’s
The Victoria’s Vulnerable Children – Our Shared Responsibility strategy is
a significant step towards achieving better outcomes for vulnerable
children and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to drive long-term
Victoria’s Vulnerable Children – Our Shared Responsibility is available on
the Department of Human Services website.