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Department of Families, Fairness and Housing 2022 Victorian Protecting Children Awards

Nominations for the 2022 Victorian Protecting Children Awards are now open.

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victorian Protecting Children Awards (VPCA) recognises dedicated teams, groups and individuals who demonstrate excellence in protecting children, young people and families. 

Two of the award categories honour the memory of the visionary Robin Dennis Clark (1936 - 2001), who had contributed greatly to child and family related policy and practice in Victoria.

The Engaging Kids in School Award recognises the contribution of individuals, teams or groups who have supported children and young people in their schooling journey or introduced young children to early years and pre-school programs.

Nominations are now open and can be submitted via the VPCA Awards Platform.

Nominations close 11.59pm on Friday, 20 May 2022 and the finalists are announced in July, with the awards ceremony taking place in September. 

For any enquiries, please contact the VPCA Secretariat

Award categories

Robin Clark Leadership Award

The winner of this pre-eminent award epitomises Robin Clark and her legacy of inspiring leadership and influential stewardship of child and family policy and practice in Victoria.

This award recognises an individual whose leadership inspires others to act wisely and care deeply about achieving the best outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Robin Clark Making a Difference Award

The team or group winners of this award embody Robin Clark’s vision and legacy of a well-connected community and service system contributing to better outcomes for children and their families.

This award recognises the exceptional contribution of a team or group of people who have worked to directly improve the lives of children, young people and families in Victoria. This can be in partnership or collaboration with government and non-government agencies.

Minister's Award for Innovation in Protecting Children

This award recognises an individual, team or group demonstrating innovative approaches and creative intervention to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families.

This innovation can be demonstrated across the child, youth and family services sector through case management, education, prevention and early intervention, or the provision of care to children and young people in out-of-home care (including secure welfare services).

Carer Award

This award recognises assessed and approved kinship, foster and permanent carers, both past and present, who have made a significant contribution to the lives of children and young people in care.

Engaging Kids in School Award

This award recognises education is fundamental to the development of individuals and families and helps build a strong community.

The winners of this award are an individual, team or group who have supported children and young people in their schooling journey or introduced young children to early years and pre-school programs.

Nominees are committed to the very best outcomes for children and young people and demonstrate their ability to work with the education and child protection systems.

Keeping At Risk Young People Safe Award

This award recognises an individual, team or group that goes above and beyond to support at risk youth. The winner of this award prioritises empowering young people in the decision-making process and assists them to achieve their goals. 

CREATE Positive Impacts Award

This award gives Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and young people aged 8 - 25 years the opportunity to nominate someone such as a carer, support worker or agency who has made a positive difference to their lives, particularly through assisting them to have a voice within the out-of-home care system.

Child and Youth Empowerment Award – Commission for Children and Young People

This award was established by the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People and recognises an individual, team or organisation who has achieved excellence in realising children’s and young people’s right to meaningfully participate in matters affecting them.

Leaving a Legacy Award

This award recognises the people who have made a significant contribution to the child, youth, and family services sector throughout their career as well as making an impact on their local community.

The Walda Blow Aboriginal Children and Young People Award

This award recognises contributions of an Aboriginal person, persons or organisations in Victoria to the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people.

Chief Practitioner’s Award

The Chief Practitioner’s Award recognises an individual, team or group working in the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing child protection program who embodies best practice, commitment and leadership.