The Communities for Children initiative is funded by the Australian Government to improve the health and wellbeing of families, and the development of young children aged from before birth to 12.
The program commenced in Greater Shepparton in 2011, and as an 'enhanced site', also supports young parents and jobless families.
This means that the program has a strong emphasis on supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged families in order to improve child wellbeing and development, safety and family functioning.
As the Facilitating Partner, CatholicCare-Sandhurst sub-contracts local organisations to provide activities and services for children and families in Greater Shepparton and build a 'whole of community' approach to improving outcomes.
Our Vision is:
That all families and children in the City of Greater Shepparton have the opportunity to develop and grow in a supportive and nurturing community.
Our Mission is:
To work strategically to improve service accessibility, responsiveness and outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged families and children through family-centred practice.
The Communities for Children program operates with the following Values:
We will hold integrity at the forefront of all our work with families and children
Collaboration and integration of services will be our focus
Decisions and processes are transparent
We will celebrate and embrace cultural diversity in all the work that we do as individuals and as a collective
The voice of families and children is taken into account when designing and creating service systems
We will use evidence based data to determine best practice and outcomes.