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About the Child & Family Services Alliance

The 13 funded agencies in Bayside Peninsula work in cooperation with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) (Child Protection and Agency Performance and Systems Support) and Family Safety Victoria (FSV) (The Bayside Peninsula Orange Door).

All organisations work together a providing Child and Family Services provision in:  City of Port Philip, City of Glen Eira; City of Stonington; City of Kingston; Bayside City Council, Frankston City Council and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The document The Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children has evolved as the Victorian Government’s blueprint for reorienting the child and family system towards earlier intervention and prevention, reducing child vulnerability, neglect and abuse, and supporting children and young people to reach their full potential. It prioritises Aboriginal self-determination; integrating services and community networks; and shifting culture and practice to drive better outcomes.

The Roadmap seeks to move from a siloed to a connected system, outlines three pathways to support that is child centred and family focused. The pathway model is represented below:

  • Early help: We partner with universal services and communities to identify and respond early when children and families show early signs of need and vulnerability.
  • Targeted and specialist support: We collaborate with universal services, specialist services and community and work with families to promote children’s wellbeing and keep them safe from harm at home. For some children in this pathway, we partner with carers to give stable and loving care that enables children to be safe, recover and flourish on return to birth family or through transition to enduring care.
  • Continuing care: We partner with carers, community, universal and specialist services to provide enduring and loving care for children who will not be returning to live with birth family. We protect and support children’s relationships and connections, including through transition to adulthood.

Alliance operations and planning focuses on the blue Child and Family Services arc, but incorporates thinking and actions about how services in the other arcs can partner to achieve efficiencies and improved outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families across the service system. The Orange Door, as the central point of regional intake for Child and Family Services, Operational Guidance between Support and Safe Hubs, Child Protection and Integrated Services.

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