ACT Government Response to the Domestic Violence Prevention Council Report from the Extraordinary Meeting 2018 on addressing the needs of children and young people impacted by family violence
- Australian Capital Territory
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Improve support and service system responses
- 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.
- 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.
What are we doing?
The ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council (DVPC) convened an Extraordinary Meeting in April 2018 to better understand key issues for children and young people who have been affected by domestic and family violence in the ACT. The Final report from the Domestic Violence Prevention Council Extraordinary Meeting addressing the needs of children and young people impacted by family violence, 2018 made five key recommendations, with detailed specific actions that could be implemented to ensure children and young people’s experiences and needs are given consideration when responding to domestic and family violence.
The ACT Government accepted all of these recommendations and released its ACT Government Response. This response detailed how Government would action the recommendations and improve capacity to understand and respond effectively to the needs of children and young people affected by domestic, family and sexual violence.
What have we achieved so far?
Completion or significant progress has been made for 4 out of the 5 recommendations, alongside the delivery of a range of additional actions that align with the original intent of the Council’s recommendations but were not included in the original ACT Government Response.
Key highlights from the first half of 2020-21 include;
i) completion of the consultation with children and young people, and development of the Have Heard Us, What Will You Do? resources (see Supporting Children and Young People Affected by Domestic and Family Violence for further details)
ii) completion of the community consultation and development of the ACT Child Safe Standards Scheme. Directorates have been implementing the scheme through developing and implementing policies, resources, tools and business processes that build capacity to keep children and young people safe. Examples include: the ACT Child Safe, Child Friendly, Child Aware Framework, the Education Directorate’s suite of Child Safety Resources and the Community Services Directorate’s Re-imagining Child Safety project
iii) completion of a Supporting Review of Current Evidence paper by the evaluation team within Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, with the Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety. This will assist with developing an outcomes framework and program of evaluations for family violence
iv) completion of a review of evidence on trauma and therapeutic services and development of a Therapeutic care for children and young people in the ACT policy paper. This will assist with developing and strengthening the therapeutic responses and supports for children and young people across the ACT
v) implementation of Safe and Supportive Schools Policy, Positive Behaviours for Learning and Trauma Informed Schools programs to embed trauma-informed practices at a universal level within schools
vi) creation of a Family Court Liaison Officer (child protection) role to support the provision of child protection information to the family law court.
What is next?
Next phase implementation will consolidate gains made from the First Implementation Plan, with specific attention and focus towards improving the range of therapeutic responses and supports for children and young people
What difference will we make?
Actions aim to build capacity of mainstream and speciality family violence sectors to respond to the needs of children and young people impacted by family violence