The Awards recognise staff working across all areas of the child protection and family support service programs in Victoria by acknowledging the varied work, commitment and dedication to service excellence and leadership at the highest standard, as well as recognising innovative education initiatives and contributions to policy and practice.
The Awards also acknowledge the valuable contribution of individuals and the broader community who play their part to achieve the protection and wellbeing of children and young people, and their families.
Collectively, we all have a responsibility in raising community awareness to help promote, protect, prevent and reduce harm to children and young people, and their families in our community.
We encourage nominations from foster and kinship carers; academics; policy, program, supervisory and direct service staff from community, government or academic organisations in the following fields:
- Child protection
- Youth justice
- Out-of-home care
- Family support
- Mentoring and peer education
- Neighbourhood houses
- Mental health
- Alcohol and drug services
- Family violence services
The Awards bring together workers across the vast and varied spectrum of child protection and family services.
Excellence in helping children by workers across the children, youth and families sector was recognised at the Victorian Protecting Children Awards on Tuesday 12 September.
The awards highlight the work being done to protect and ensure the wellbeing of the state’s most vulnerable children.
The award winners included:
- Fiorina Castellan, foster carer - Minister’s Award for Innovative Care
- FMC Mediation and Counselling for their STAR program - NAPCAN ‘Play your Part’ Award, Victoria
- Lisa Cappola, Anglicare Victoria - CREATE Award
- Natasha Anderson, Y-Change Program and John Lorenzini, Youth Justice Centres independent visitor program volunteer - Modelling a Generous Community Award
- Emma Thomas, City of Casey Council - Walda Blow Award
- Kerryn and Stephen Longmuir, foster carers - Carer Award
- Whitney Yip, Body Safety Australia - Education Initiative Award
- Anita Pell, Berry Street - Robin Clark Marking a Difference Award
- Paul McDonald, Anglicare Victoria - Robin Clark Leadership Award
There were many outstanding nominations this year and in some categories the difference between finalists was very close. We appreciate the work that has gone into these amazing nominations.
Congratulations to our 2017 finalists.