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Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence work project


On 7 December, 2017 the Special Minister of State, the Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC launched the Victorian Government’s 10-year plan for Victoria’s future family violence workforce.

Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response (the Plan) will help equip a range of workforces with the expertise and resources to deliver the services and support needed by Victorians impacted by family violence and to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This includes the specialist family violence and primary prevention workforces and other sectors that work with victim survivors and perpetrators of family violence or play a role in primary prevention, such as health, community services, justice and education and training.

The Plan was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and at its centre is building a flexible and dynamic workforce that puts equality, safety and accountability at the core of everything they do.

Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work Project

The Plan highlights the need to strengthen pathways for new workers into the specialist family violence and community services service sector to build capabilities of students and graduates to be more “work-ready”.

The Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work Project (the Project) is being led by the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of Family Safety Victoria, and in partnership with the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS), Domestic Violence Victoria, Domestic Violence Resource Centre and the Future Social Services Institute.

It aims to support the development of the family violence and community services workforce through:

  • Student placements in community services sector organisations which provide specialist and/or non-specialist family violence services
  • Supervision training for experienced workers to enhance their competence and confidence (in working with students and practice entrants)
  • Developing and transitioning graduates and new workers to family violence roles

VCOSS is providing overall project management for the Project, which will be independently evaluated by the Future Social Service Institute.

This page will be updated as the Project develops.

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