Response to Calls for Mandatory Reporting

July 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Around the Nation, Child Protection | Leave a comment

Anglicare Victoria has responded to calls for an expansion to mandatory reporting laws for child abuse saying that child protection systems alone cannot ensure safety.

In a media release Anglicare Victoria CEO Ray Cleary said that the real focus should be on better training for child protection staff and improving outcomes for vulnerable children in out-of-home care.

 “Receiving a notification of abuse or neglect is just one step in a long process to protect children,” Dr Cleary said.

Anglicare Victoria pointed to a shortage of foster carers as a key concern and encouraged the wider community to play a part in ensuring children are protected within our families.

 Dr Cleary said calls for a Judicial Inquiry into Victoria’s child protection system were premature and could divert crucial funding.

Anglicare Victoria also writes a Foster Care Blog available at their website

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Funds Boost Therapeutic Foster Care

July 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Posted in About Fostering, Coming Events, Supports for Carers | Leave a comment

The Maroondah Leader newspaper has reported that $120,000 has been donated to the Australian Childhood Foundation to support Therapeutic Foster Care.

The funds were raised at a recent business charity event.

Anglicare Victoria provides two Therapeutic Foster Care programs in partnership with the Australian Childhood Foundation. The donation is a welcome support for carer education in therapeutic models of caring for trauma affected children.

Many foster carers with Anglicare Victoria Eastern Region have already had access to AChF training, which advances their knowledge of the effects of trauma on a child’s brain development, builds their skills in responding to a child’s behaviours and their understanding of the child’s needs.

All new foster carers are encouraged to take up training opportunities provided by the Australian Childhood Foundation in the area of therapeutic understanding.  

Anglicare Victoria aims to provide all carers with access to quality training throughout their fostering journey in specialist areas. As well as therapeutic training, Anglicare Victoria Eastern Region offers training relevant to caring for teenagers such as cyber safety, and identity. For foster carers of a child with a disability, training is offered in areas such as learning disabilities and communicating with non-verbal children.

For more information see the Anglicare Victoria Foster Care Blog or come to an information night:

Thursday 16th July (tomorrow) at 7:30pm, Anglicare Victoria Knox, 666 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater, call 1300 889 335.

Upcoming information sessions also at Warrandyte, Kew, Lilydale and Box Hill (see events listing for dates and venues).

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