Better Responses To Risk & Vulnerability

Better Responses To Risk & Vulnerability

Action Area

Identifying at risk, vulnerable children, youth and families

Strategic Direction

Earlier and more connected support

Priority Actions

Increasing earlier intervention; Improving responses to vulnerability and risk

Target Population

Community service organisations


The rates of family incidents, substantiated child abuse, child protection orders and out-of-home care in FMPPCP’s two local government areas combined are ranked medium – high amongst Victorian local government areas.

The Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Healthcare that counts:

A framework for improving care for vulnerable children has been developed to support all Victorian health services strengthen their response to vulnerable children and drive system-wide improvements to deliver coordinated and high quality care.

This framework provides local health and human services stakeholders with an opportunity to improve these statistics by considering how child vulnerability can be addressed in their organisations.

The project aims to increase health and social services’ awareness of, and respond to, the vulnerability of babies, children and young people within the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula catchment using the Healthcare that counts framework. Overall, we aim to improve outcomes for children whose vulnerability places them at risk.

Participating organisations consider how they can incorporate a collaborative, continuous improvement approach to developing and embedding approaches that promote, protect and improve the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children. We will:

provide training to enable those delivering client-facing services to recognise factors that contribute to vulnerability support organisations to embed best practice into organisational policies, practices and procedures for sustained continuous improvement.

This quality improvement framework provides health and human services with a structured, sustainable approach to embed organisational governance, systems and structures focused on vulnerable children and families.

Contact: Rodney Mackintosh,