The Awards recognise staff working across all areas of the child protection and family support service programs in Victoria by acknowledging the varied work, commitment and dedication to service excellence and leadership at the highest standard, as well as recognising innovative education initiatives and contributions to policy and practice.
The Awards also acknowledge the valuable contribution of individuals and the broader community who play their part to achieve the protection and wellbeing of children and young people, and their families.
Collectively, we all have a responsibility in raising community awareness to help promote, protect, prevent and reduce harm to children and young people, and their families in our community.
We encourage nominations from foster and kinship carers; academics; policy, program, supervisory and direct service staff from community, government or academic organisations in the following fields:
- Child protection
- Youth justice
- Out-of-home care
- Family support
- Mentoring and peer education
- Neighbourhood houses
- Mental health
- Alcohol and drug services
- Family violence services
The Awards bring together workers across the vast and varied spectrum of child protection and family services.
Nominees selected as finalists by the judging panel will be invited to the 2017 Victorian Protecting Children Awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 September where the winners will be announced.
Read the Nomination guide - 2017 Victorian Protecting Children Awards (Word 137KB) before you submit your nomination.
Nominate now on the Victorian Protecting Children Awards online nomination portal.
For previous winners and their videos, visit the Protecting Children Awards page on the Human Services website.
The 2017 Victorian Protecting Children Awards recognise excellence in 10 categories. Eight are open to everyone, while two categories are for Department of Health and Human Services staff only.
Two of the Victorian Protecting Children Awards honour the memory of the visionary Robin Dennis Clark (1936 - 2001) who greatly influenced child and family related policy and practice in Victoria.