In recognition of the relationship between family violence, child abuse and child safety and well being, the Think Child Partnership Agreement seeks to establish a collaborative effort to ensure children, young people, men and women receive the services they need.
In September 2010, the North & West metropolitan regions finalised their Think Child Partnership Agreement. The purpose of this document is to facilitate collaborative working relationships between family violence Services, Child FIRST/family services and DHS Child Protection services in the North and West Metropolitan Regions.
The Think Child Partnership Agreement recognises the impact that family violence has upon children. It also recognises that clearly defined and well understood collaborative relationships will ensure that children, young people, women and men receive services that will respond to immediate and longer term concerns about individual and family safety, rights, health and well being.
Western Think Child Working Group
The Western metropolitan region established a working group to facilitate collaborative working relationships, promote the principles and enhance the priority actions of the Think Child Agreement at a localised level.
The working group has representation from both Child FIRST catchments in the Western region (Western Child and Family Services Alliance and Brimbank Melton Child and Family Services Alliance), the Western Integrated Family Violence Services Partnership (Women and Children), the North and West Metropolitan Region Men’s Integrated Family Violence Partnership and local community-based Child Protection workers.