Youth programs

Young people today have many exciting opportunities, but there are also many challenges and obstacles to be negotiated.

We are responsible for providing a range of services to assist young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years. It also develops and maintains connections to all youth related areas, both within the department and across the whole of government.

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria's (YACVic) code of ethical practice, A First Step for the Victorian Youth Sector, contains a list of practice responsibilities and 8 guiding youth work principles that youth workers should work towards for young people. The code is voluntary and was developed in consultation with members of the youth sector. 

See Code of ethical practice for the Victorian Youth Sector on the Youth Affairs Council Victoria website.

Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative

The Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative (MACNI) is a time-limited specialist service for people 16 years and older, who have been identified as having multiple and complex needs. 

MACNI's primary purpose is to facilitate better coordination of supports and services to people with complex needs, deliver holistic care and prevent further escalation of need.  Participation in MACNI is voluntary.

For more information see Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative.

Finding Solutions program

The Finding Solutions program aims to:

  • Divert a significant proportion of young people at risk of entering out-of-home care to community-based services.
  • Provide a creative service response to young people and their families which will include the use of mediation intervention, to reduce the need for out-of-home care and which supports and strengthens the family relationship.
  • Provide support to parents and young people that assists them to identify and resolve behaviours and /or issues that are placing their relationship at risk of breakdown, and which eases tension in the family without severing links or reducing parents’ capacity to care for the young person.

Eligible clients for Finding Solutions comprise young people of secondary school age and their families who are at risk of entering the Child Protection and out-of-home care systems.

For more information see the Finding Solutions program guidelines in Related resources.