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Victorian Budget 22/23

Support for vulnerable children

Every child should grow up feeling safe, supported and loved.

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For our kids to lead happy and healthy lives, they need the very best start possible.

This is why the Victorian Government has invested $2.9 billion since the 2019/20 Budget to protect our children and help keep vulnerable families together.

These investments have expanded the child protection workforce, increased out-of-home placements, and provided care for vulnerable families.

This Budget builds on our commitment to support families and children, providing a further $272 million to improve services and safety. This investment includes:

Meeting demand for residential care

$85 million to meet demand for residential care and continue the Care Hub program, which supports young people who can’t live with their families due to abuse or neglect. Care Hub’s services help minimise the time young Victorians spend in care, and reunify them with their families sooner.

Boosting family services

$58 million to meet increasing demand for family services, with support for up to 1,000 additional vulnerable families, and to strengthen child protection responses by increasing support staff capacity

Culturally safe services for Aboriginal kids

$7.2 million to support culturally-safe services for Aboriginal children in child protection and the continuation of the Aboriginal Children and Families Innovation and Learning Fund.

Reviewed 01 May 2022


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