Moving vulnerable children out of residential care and into home-based care is a welcome approach to strengthen therapeutic care and improve the lives of young people in the child protection system, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service.
“Supporting children to move into kinship and foster care through individually tailored Flexible Support Packages will help improve therapeutic care within the child protection system,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS.
“The State Government should be commended for moving quickly to put $43 million over 4 years towards moving children out of residential care and into a supportive kinship or foster care environment.”
“VCOSS is pleased to see that the new Flexible Support Packages are intended to cover the needs of each individual child. We also welcome the specific approach to move primary school age children out of residential care into home-based care and to address the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.”
“It is also important to note that the implementation of these new support packages will be rolled out in consultation with stakeholders in the community sector and the critically important involvement of the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Bernie Geary, and the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Andrew Jackomos.”
“These new packages follow on from the $19 million investment announced earlier this year by the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, to provide additional staff and supervision to improve safety children and young people in care.”
“VCOSS looks forward to the government’s continued engagement and collaboration with the community sector to build on these recent announcements, so that all Victorian children can get the best possible start in life.”