Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP)
All children and young people deserve to be safe and to have opportunities to start their lives on an even footing and the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) is committed to achieving this outcome for all children and young people from birth to 18 years in the local government areas of Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees. It is one of eight area partnerships across Victoria.
CHCYAP is working on three priorities to improve the lives of vulnerable children, young people and their families. These are to:
- Reduce the incidence of family violence and its impact on children and young people.
- Improve the capacity of parents to effectively nurture and protect their children from harm.
- Increase attendance and engagement in kindergarten and schools.
In August 2015, the CHCYAP established a Research Collaboration (Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership Research Collaboration (CHCYAP RC), built upon a collective impact approach, to advance and apply knowledge about the three priorities, with the goal of improving outcomes for children, young people and families.