ASU members from the Family Violence and Child, Youth & Family Network meet regularly to give members a safe place to discuss issues within their sector.

Members stories of the challenges associated with their work assists the ASU in its advocacy for the Family Violence and Child, Youth and Family sector through regular meetings and participation on committees and working groups including Family Safety Victoria, the Western Integrated Family Violence and Centre For Workforce Excellence,

Recently, members from Epping to Morwell attended another successful Family Violence and Child Youth and Family Network Meeting.

Victorian Trades Hall Council representative, Pia Cerveri, Co-Lead Women’s and Equality, presented the latest Victorian Trades Hall Council initiatives and there were updates from Family Safety Victoria Centre for Workforce Excellence including progress of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Framework.

Members discussed practice and workforce issues, including

  • the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment & Management (MARAM) role out, training and experiences,
  • Siloing of Agencies.
  • Current challenges faced by Family Violence Victim/Survivors when reporting. It appears that more work is needed on recommendation 42 “Victoria Police establish a Family Violence Centre of Learning with external academic governance to improve family violence education at all levels in the organisation [within two years]” as the “poor practice” issues identified by the Royal Commission are still endemic in some areas.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Family Violence and Child, Youth & Family Network and coming along to the meeting, please email Karrie Bowe at

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