Children Young people and Families

Dec 23

Young people tell of blowing out birthday candles in the morning and being handed a plastic bag with their possessions


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May 23

All kids in Victoria should be able to get to school, wherever they live and whatever their families’ circumstances.


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Apr 29

We need a blueprint to help turn things around for thousands of young people trying to get a good job.


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Apr 5

School ‘extras’ like camps, excursions, school swimming and other sports are a huge part of the school experience.


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Mar 15

Parents of kids with undiagnosed genetic conditions are trying to get into a research studies to find answers and avoid


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Nov 21

VCOSS calls on all political parties to commit to investing in early childhood infrastructure.


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Nov 17

More than 40 per cent of Australia’s disadvantaged kids do not play organised sport.


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Nov 1

VicSRC is the peak body representing school-aged students in Victoria. We exist to empower all student voices to be valued


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Oct 22

Single mother families do it tough when it comes to school costs, writes Jenny Davidson, CEO of Council of Single


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Sep 10

How can we improve outcomes for kids – especially vulnerable children and young people – and their families?


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Sep 5

Provide free public transport for school aged children and young people from families facing disadvantage.


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Aug 15

Would you ask a doctor to flip a coin to see if you’ll get a check-up and appropriate treatment?


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Aug 7

Victorians with disability are at risk of being overlooked in the long-awaited push towards safeguards for renters.


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Jul 31

VCOSS highlights four key takeaways from the 2018 HILDA report—along with suggested solutions.


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Jun 26

Overwhelming evidence means it's time for Victoria to follow suit.


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Mar 7

VCOSS supports the call for young people in state care to be supported up until the age of 21.


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Dec 19

"Appallingly neglected": Victoria's Ombudsman sounds the alarm on the treatment of kinship carers.


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Dec 1

Young people are falling through gaps in support systems, couch surfing in widespread numbers, with little formal support or protection.


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Jul 31

Why if you're poor, live in regional Victoria or happen to be Aboriginal, are you more likely to end up


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Jun 15

While the United States’ approach to incarceration differs from state to state, some parts of the USA are leading the


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May 24

Violent men always always seek to justify and explain away their actions. Here's how they do it.


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May 4

There is a reason VCOSS called the 2017 Victorian Budget "a budget with a heart". It contains a historic and


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May 3

Expanding the Maternal and Child Health service and increasing the number of child protection workers through this year's Victorian Budget


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Mar 15

When we place more demands on our foster carers, we have a responsibility to provide them with additional support.


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Feb 27

Young people experiencing homelessness often miss out on support because there’s no plan or specialist support associated with their mental


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Dec 7

Victoria has a problem with the repeat and violent offending behaviours by a small number of young offenders. But we


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Sep 20

10,000 Victorian students are disengaging from education every year. But if we’re willing to listen and be flexible, we can


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Sep 16

One in ten young Australians are not in education, employment or training. They’re neither “earning” nor “learning”. What if we


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Aug 22

The reasons kids become disengaged from school are often complex, and having the right supports in place is crucial to


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Aug 9

Four Corners shocked Australia with images from inside the Don Dale detention centre, prompting widespread condemnation and a Royal Commission.


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