Victorian and Aboriginal family preservation and reunification response

An innovative new approach to delivering intensive, evidence-based and coordinated support to children and families at the right time.

The Victorian and Aboriginal Family Preservation and Reunification Response aims to promote strong families with children who are safe, healthy, resilient and thriving, and parents and caregivers who are supported to create a safe and nurturing home environment.

In 2020–21, this response is being delivered by community service organisations in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in each of the 17 departmental areas. An Aboriginal response is delivered by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in each of the 4 operational divisions.

The response provides responsive, evidence-based and sustainable support to children and families in partnership with Child Protection to:

  • Keep children safely at home
  • Prevent children and young people entering care services 
  • Support children and young people currently in care to safely reunify with their family. 

The response is for vulnerable children, young people and families that account for a high percentage of all children entering care with identified parent, child and case factors. This includes:

  • Children subject to an unborn report
  • Children from birth to 5 years of age 
  • Children and young people 10 to 15 years of age.   

The response works with Aboriginal families and communities to advance Aboriginal self-determination, promote culturally safe and inclusive services to support cultural healing. It also acknowledges the unique needs, preferences and history of Aboriginal children and families.

For more information about the response, including the 2020–21 service providers, see the Victorian and Aboriginal Family Preservation and Reunification Response 2020–21 factsheet (word).