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1 Human Services: The case for change Gill Callister Secretary, Department of Human Services

2 Human Services: The case for change 2 Purpose: To set out the case for change in human services and present a vision for a new, more effective and efficient human services system for Victoria. The document is intended to: Begin a dialogue across the human services sector Outline the rationale and evidence for reform Present consolidated feedback from the sector about the challenges and potential ways forward

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4 A contemporary approach 4 We need to assist people to achieve their goals in all phases of their lives and in all domains of disadvantage.

5 5 The two lead regions are Southern Metropolitan Region (SMR) and Barwon South West (BSW). The trial site in SMR is at Dandenong, while the trial site in BSW is split between Geelong and Portland. Testing our ideas, starting with case management Dandenong, SMR Geelong (pictured) and Portland, BSW The key features of Managed Support have been developed and we will continue to refine them as we learn about how the new model works in practice. The new case management model commenced at the trial sites in February 2012.

6 Local areas: deliver services where people are, when and how they need them, local responsiveness Integration: move from a program/problem focus to a person/place focus, break down silos, greater focus on long term outcomes (social and economic participation) Demand: move services to where people need them - reflect trends in population growth and demand - manage demand Rural Victoria: investing to shift executive positions and increase flexibility of resource allocation ('surge capacity') for areas of high demand Local decision-making within a strong accountability framework: push decision-making closer to the front-line, time to refocus the organisation on service delivery Creating a contemporary organisation 6

7 Taking a big step: A new organising framework for bringing it to life 7 Area Centre Division Service delivery oversight Four administrative divisions Mix of metropolitan and rural catchments Manages relationships across division Service delivery Seventeen local areas (two to nine LGAs per area) Based on Child First catchments Responsible for direct service delivery in that catchment Area Centre Division Policy and corporate support Current divisions consolidated into three groups organised along functional lines – policy, program, corporate Two Deputy Secretaries maintain portfolio focus

8 8 Integrated cross program decision making Increase proportion of EOs in regional Victoria Local leadership and working relationships Manage relationships with agencies at the local level Areas: moving from program and problem to person and place

9 9 Divisions oversee and support areas Oversight of areas Mix of rural and metro in each division Manage flexible distribution of resources and expertise across areas Manage larger and more complex agency relationships Child Protection managed at division level in the short term

10 Victoria’s Vulnerable Children – our shared responsibility The Directions Paper calls for “broad transformational change” This encompasses policy innovation, culture change, legislative change and new or expanded programs “Government needs to work better across portfolios and to formally accept our part of a shared responsibility for improving outcomes for vulnerable children” Commits to a funding package of $336m over 4 years

11 Key Policy Principles The Directions Paper identifies three key policy principles to guide reform: 1.Shared responsibility across government, the sector and the community for protecting vulnerable children and their families 2.Connected services that cut across silos and better meet the needs of children and families 3.Working in local areas to provide better services in areas with high concentrations of vulnerability

12 Five Action Areas

13 Building Effective and Connected Services New Initiatives Establishing three new Multi-Disciplinary Centres to provide a more holistic response for victims of child sexual assault Whole-of-government Alcohol and Drug Strategy Whole-of-government Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women and their Children Future Directions Exploring feasibility of single case plans across services and departments for children known to child protection Building on the newly established “Services Connect” trials “No service that deals with a vulnerable child or family should be considered ‘stand alone’.”

14 Enhancing Education and Capacity Building New Initiatives Peri-natal Emotional Health Program extended to metropolitan Melbourne Reform to Student Support Services, including a new online case management system New teacher training to increase capacity of school to support vulnerable children with challenging behaviours Future Directions Reforms to Maternal and Child Health, as part of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the local government A Whole of Government project to streamline services for vulnerable young children (aged 0-4) Work to reform the CSO sector to ensure adequate capacity and quality “Our starting point must be to help vulnerable children and families before they are reported to statutory child protection services, to strengthen families and to prevent abuse before it occurs.”

15 Making a Child Friendly Legal System New Initiatives Establishing a new Children’s Court in Broadmeadows Expanded New Model Conferencing Children not required to attend Court Future Directions Structure and role of the Children’s Court Clinic Additional legislative change, including less adversarial trial model and simplifying orders “When families do come to court, procedures should encourage respectful communication among parties and minimise distress and confusion for the children.”

16 Providing Safe, Stable and Supportive Out-of-Home Care New Initiatives Permanent Care and Stability project Additional funding for Therapeutic Residential Care Zero-fee training places for young people leaving care Future Directions Five year plan for out-of-home care Complementary five year plan for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care Whole of Government project to improve access to mainstream and targeted services for children and young people in out-of-home care “When parents abuse or neglect their children and the children are removed from their family homes, the collective resources of government become a substitute for the family.”

17 Introducing Accountability and Transparency New Initiatives New Commission for Children and Young People Strengthened role for Children’s Services Coordination Board New Department of Human Services Standards for funded community services organisations Future Directions Whole-of-Government project to develop a performance framework including outcomes targets Better and more effective use of data and data sharing across programs and departments “To drive improvement in outcomes for vulnerable children, there needs to be a wholesale improvement in the accountability and transparency of the support provided.”

18 Budget Outcomes – highlights $16.3 million to sustain the enhanced MCH service $20.8 million for demand for ChildFIRST and Integrated Family Services $8.3 million to provide early childhood education for three- year-olds known to Child Protection $16.5 million to engage vulnerable families in early learning $17 million to establish a new Children's Court in Broadmeadows $29.7 million to expand and develop the Stronger Families initiative $29.6 million to significantly expand therapeutic residential care $3 million to establish a Commission for Children and Young People $19 million to recruit 42 new statutory child protection workers $51.4 million to reform the child protection workforce

19 Next Steps The Directions Paper is a roadmap for further reform The Vulnerable Children and Families Strategy will be developed over the next 12 months This will involve consultation with other government departments and key stakeholders The Vulnerable Children and Families Strategy will be released in 2013


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