Children and Youth Area Partnerships

Working together to help all children, young people and their families to thrive.

Federation University is a member of the Children and Youth Area Partnerships (CYAP).

Our collaboration with CYAP brings together key leaders from government, the service system, business, philanthropy and the wider community to develop new approaches to improving the lives of children, young people and their families in Victoria.

FedUni is a member of two of the eight Children and Youth Area Partnerships established across Victoria by the State Government: Inner Gippsland and Central Highlands. These partnerships underpin the ongoing work of the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children agenda, which aims to strengthen and improve Victoria’s child protection and family services system.

Federation University is supporting this partnership through the proposed establishment of a Centre for Innovation Research and Practice for Children and Youth, the Higher Degree by Research (HDR) initiative, and other activities.

Centre for Innovation Research and Practice for Children and Youth

A feasibility study to establish a Centre for Innovation Research and Practice for Children and Youth is being led by Federation University, funded in partnership with Gippsland Regional Partnership and the Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership (IGCYAP).

The proposed Centre aims to help children, families and young people in Gippsland to thrive by ensuring they have the opportunity to live their lives safely, happily and healthily.

It will establish and build on existing collaborations, partnerships and networks to identify solutions for the delivery of health and community services.

Find out more about the Centre for Innovation Research and Practice for Children and Youth feasibility study.

Industry-based PhD scholarships

Starting in 2015, Federation University and IGCYAP have developed a Higher Degree by Research initiative that awards scholarships to doctoral and masters students to address issues affecting children, young people and families in the Inner Gippsland region.

Research projects have been co-designed and supervised in collaboration with industry, including IGCYAP members. Current projects are co-funded by Anglicare, Berry Street, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and Federation University.

Current projects include:

  • Helping professionals’ perspectives on work-related traumatic stress and its transmission to their relationships with their children – Alison Fonseca
  • Early intervention to reduce young peoples' contact with the criminal justice system – Kay Lancefield
  • Engaging young people living in out-of-home care in the decision-making processes affecting their lives – Lynda McRae
  • Engagement with family services in Inner Gippsland by families experiencing vulnerability – Mary Randall (Read more about this project on our News and events page).