CHP eNews 9 January 2014: New Victorian family violence website launched – The Lookout



CHP eNews 2014

9 January

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Launch of new Victorian family violence website – ‘The Lookout’  
A new family violence website, ‘The Lookout’, has been developed by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and Domestic Violence Victoria..
The Lookout is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for professionals responding to family violence in Victoria. It provides information on training, events, referral pathways, new resources and fact sheets, links to government policy documents  and professional codes of practice for family violence work. The Lookout is home to a new Community of Practice for family violence workers and other professionals that will enable discussion and sharing of practice issues.

Community Reform Council meets for first time
As a response to the Prof Peter Shergold’s report ‘Service Sector Reform – A roadmap for community and human services reform’, a Community Sector Reform Council was formed late last year, meeting for the first time on December 19th.
The Reform Council brings together the State’s most senior government representatives and leaders from the community service sector and will ensure that reforms proposed by Professor Shergold progress with a co-ordinated whole-of-government focus. 
At the inaugural meeting, the Reform Council discussed the importance of better aligning service systems, particularly amongst government agencies, and ending the siloed approach. A media release about the Reform Council’s first meeting was distributed by Minister Wooldridge’s office and meeting notes are also available here.  The first meeting for 2014 will be held in Geelong on a date yet to be announced.

Reform of human services
Last month DHS and the community sector came together to talk about a way forward for the reform of human services. Around 200 representatives from more than 150 Victorian organisations and areas of government attended the conference.
The discussions focussed on a way the sector can achieve an integrated client-centred human services system in Victoria, and key themes that arose during the day were:
  – involving clients in the way we design and deliver services,
 how we capture the range of innovation that’s happening across the sector and make it the norm,
  – how we move to a stronger focus on measuring outcomes in people’s lives, and
  – focusing more on local settings and the unique needs of different communities.
Gill Callister, Secretary, DHS circulated an email summarising the discussions, which can be found here.

10 stories of single mothers
The impact of a government policy that moves single parents onto Newstart once their child turns eight has been brought to life in a new campaign called ‘10 stories of single mothers’, which went live earlier this week. The campaign website features video stories of 10 single parents talking about the financial difficulties of raising a child on a limited income.

DHS consolidates interpreting and translation services
The Department of Human Services has consolidated interpreting and translation services into a whole-of-department approach.  There is now   a  single  language  services  provider  for  both departmental staff and funded organisations. The  new  language  service  provider  Victorian Interpreting & Translating Service  (VITS) will commence on 1 January 2014.  Services provided by VITS include:
  – telephone interpreting
  – onsite interpreting
  – translations
  – Auslan
A new language services website is now live.

VCOSS: Heat waves and social vulnerability in Victoria
With Summer upon us, VCOSS is highlighting the increased adverse impacts of heatwaves on vulnerable social groups, including the homeless, elderly, those who are socially isolated and those who suffer chronic health issues. VCOSS says that people who are homeless or living in poor quality housing often lack the capacity to change their circumstances in extreme heat events. Read the full report here.

Homelessness Australia calls out for media volunteers
Homelessness Australia is planning a campaign that will highlight  the essential services at risk of closure with the expiration of the NPAH.
They have put out the call to NPAH funded organisations who are happy to be contacted by the media. If you fall into this category, please contact
Catherine Adcock, or P: (02) 6247 7744.

CHP Updates
Last chance – CHP Communications Survey

CHP’s online Communications Survey will stay open until 17 January, and we are encouraging everyone to participate to let us know how we can better communicate with people and organisations in the homelessness sector.  It takes 10 minutes to complete, and we’d greatly appreciate your feedback. You can complete the survey here

February: Innovation in Mental Health and Homelessness edition
The edition will look at four central areas in Mental Health and homelessness
evidence and innovation, best practice, lived experience and policy directions. Please look at the Calls for contributions for further information. Submissions are now open.

March 2014 edition: Foyers and Families: Housing Approaches to Supporting Young People
Foyers and ‘foyer-like’ programs have become an important part  tackling youth homelessness in Australia. This edition will take a close look at their use and impact both here and abroad.
Please look at the Calls for contributions  for further information. Submissions are now open.

Peer Education Support Program (PESP) seeking applicants for 2014
This is an excellent opportunity for people who have experienced homelessness to take part in a highly-regarded, professionally run volunteer program where they have a chance to influence and educate the community on homelessness. More info on applications is available on the CHP website.

For those who missed the news
A death on our streets is one too many – The Age

Attacks in Sydney and Melbourne focus attention on crimes against the homeless – Herald Sun

Landlord evicts housing benefit tenants (UK) – The Guardian


In the Twittersphere

@CHPVic : Laws in San Fran make it illegal to sit on sidewalk b/ween 7am-11pm forcing #homeless to walk for hours

@CHPVic: Mousey’s death is a tragedy & highlights the need for more funding for programs to get rough sleepers into housing The Age

@HomelessInMelbourne: Violence against Melbourne’s Homeless community MUST STOP NOW! they are Human beings & deserve to be treated as such! The Age

@JesuitSocialServices: Safety & stability are key to supporting people experiencing exclusion – violence is unacceptable

Being supported to sustain a tenancy is a game changer for some people. It changes lives PHOTO


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