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Carrum Downs youth worker earns high praise for career helping state’s vulnerable



Frankston Standard Leader, 4 April 2016



A veteran residential care manager with Berry Street, Pat Clinton has worked for decades to help seriously traumatised children and young people recover from the impact of family violence.



Family violence "hubs" offer smooth entry to complex system



The Age, 2 April 2016



The Royal Commission into Family Violence has recommended local "safety hubs" across the state. What does this mean and how would they work?



Call for more foster carers



Shepparton News, 23 March 2016



Benalla mother Sandra Welsh decided to become a foster carer six months ago, now she has two biological children and two foster children. ‘‘I’ve always loved children and I just want to be able to help,’’ Ms Welsh said.



Canine Comprehension helps children struggling to learn



Knox Leader, 15 March 2016



Having the support of a kind, furry friend is transforming the lives of children across Melbourne, including young people living in residential care with Berry Street.



Helping foster carers form closer bonds to their children



The Age, 20 February 2016



The head of the school of social work at the University of East Anglia in the UK, Professor Gillian Schofield was in Melbourne to work with staff at Berry Street.



HSBC Chinese New Year Event



Palladium at Crown, 17 February 2016



On Wednesday 17th February, 2015 HSBC held its annual celebration for the Chinese New Year – Year of the Monkey at the Palladium at Crown. Berry Street was proud to be the recipient of the fundraising efforts on the evening for the third year in a row. Funds were raised through a raffle conducted on the evening. Results of the HSBC Raffle are listed below:

• HSBC Sevens Pack - Ethan Wang
• BMW car rental for the weekend - Carols Lay
• Samsung TV - Simon Yuncken
• Taylors Wine Prize Pack - Priscilla Phoon
• Anna Coroneo Scarves - Cindy Wong, Duy Duong, Elizabeth Chamberlain, Annette Bell, Geoff Long, Patricia Sim

Thank you to all who purchased tickets in the raffle.




Next Steps For Shepparton’s Homeless Young People



State Government of Victoria, 1 February 2016



Shepparton’s Education First Youth Foyer has moved a step closer with the appointment of Berry Street Victoria and Rural Housing Network Limited as service providers. They will work in partnership with GOTAFE to deliver this new service.



Having a Merry Christmas? Not in every family



The Age, 18 December 2015



Christmas holidays are a time of year when stress exacerbates violence that already exists in relationships.



Berry Street helps traumatised kids with animal-assisted therapy



The Age, 14 November 2015



Three-year-old border collie Koda is a working dog. But, rather than rounding up sheep in a paddock, she spends her days shepherding traumatised children through difficult times.



Fresh calls for radical family violence reform



The Courier, 13 November 2015



Holding perpetrators accountable and keeping mothers and children together must be the focus of any radical reforms coming out of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. Berry Street Family Violence Service senior manager Gayle Correnti said specialist family violence workers on the frontline were being inundated by requests for help.
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Welfare agency Berry Street opens Horsham office



The Weekly Advertiser, 11 November 2015



Victoria’s largest independent child and family welfare organisation hopes opening an office in the Wimmera will allow it to help more of the region’s children lead safe and happy lives.



'Scared and scary': how trauma changes a child's brain



The Age, 28 October 2015



Dr. Bruce D. Perry, who has a long association with Victorian foster agency Berry Street, was in Melbourne holding a series of workshops with social workers, policy makers, and even Family Court judges, from all over Australia.



Victorian Labor to introduce same-sex adoption laws



The Age, 6 October 2015



Thousands of same-sex couples with children will soon have the right to be jointly recognised as parents by Victorian law, under new adoption laws to be introduced by the Andrews government.The introduction of the bill comes as Berry Street has actively sought to recruit gay couples to become foster carers in recent years.



The care needed



Latrobe Valley Express, 1 October 2015



Berry Street Gippsland has welcomed the government's latest initiative to support children in out-of-home care.



Siblings are forever



Latrobe Valley Express, 7 September 2015



More than a third of children and young people in Australia's out-of-home care system are separated from their siblings. Berry Street Gippsland director Trish McCluskey is calling for change.



Berry Street’s Work Highlighted as Best Practice: Senate Report into Out-Of-Home Care



The Australian Senate has conducted a comprehensive review of foster care, kinship care and residential care across all States and Territories, with their report released yesterday

Berry Street provided a detailed written submission and gave evidence to the Senate Community Affairs committee.

Pleasingly, their final report and recommendations draw extensively on Berry Street’s submission and evidence, including highlighting three specific areas of our work as best practice; our innovative program for young people leaving care Stand By Me, our detailed proposal for a professionalised foster care system, Integrated Foster Care Model, and our Take Two therapeutic program for children and young people which is led by Berry Street in partnership with:

  • the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA);
  • La Trobe University Faculty of Health Science; and
  • Mindful Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health.

The Senate has made strong recommendations to improve family support programs, extend therapeutic care, assist young people leaving care, and better recognise the rights of children and young people in care to be at the centre of decision making and have their views respected. Over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care receives particular attention, with the report calling for governments to make specific commitments to improve prevention and early intervention.


The full report and a copy of the Berry Street submission are available here:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Out_of_home_care



Royal commission can shine a light on ‘forgotten’ people



The Age. 5 August 2015



For decades the state failed in its duty to protect children placed in its care. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has an opportunity to make amends.



Helping off a long run



Star Weekly, 28 July 2015



Fitness enthusiasts are up for a ‘Berry Long Run’ through Blackwood next month to raise money for charity Berry Street.

More than 30 runners have already registered for the August 15 Berry Long Run ultra-marathon, a passion project for race director Joe Lewis who, along with some mates, formed the Wolfrunners Club in 2013 to share their love of bushwalking.




Run Melbourne: thousands turn out for annual event



The sun came out to temper the brisk winter chill on Sunday morning for the tens of thousands of participants attending The Age's annual Run Melbourne event. Now in its eighth year, Run Melbourne has raised more than $10 million for more than 450 charities, including Berry Street.



Foster family demand



Fostering a child can change their life. But according to Ballarat’s Berry Street intake and assessment practitioner Suzanne Pickard it can also change the lives of the family who take them in.



Our unsung hero



Latrobe Valley Express, 8 June 2015



Berry Street Gippsland regional director Trish McCluskey's feats involve establishing a debutante ball six years ago, where about 70 Gippsland young people in care or on case management participated.