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.

The Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Learning Exchange Podcast

The Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Learning Exchange is a podcast dedicated to showcasing some of the innovative research and practice taking place across our region to improve the wellbeing of children and youth.

Tune in to hear conversations with practitioners, researchers and members of our community who are working to improve the wellbeing of Gippsland families.

Episode 6: Inner Gippsland children and youth sector leadership

This special final episode includes a range of leaders from across Gippsland and the children and youth services sector sharing their perspectives on the future of leadership.

We cover a variety of topics including the importance of having young people in leadership roles, what effective leadership looks like, the unique characteristics of leading in a regional setting, and what strategies are needed to help foster our next generation of leaders.

Listen to Episode 6 on Soundcloud or via your preferred podcasting app (such as iTunes or Pocket Casts).

Episode 5: Helping professionals' perspectives on the impacts of work-related traumatic stress

In this episode, we talk to Alison Fonseca about her research on the perspectives of 'helping professionals' on work-related traumatic stress.

Alison’s research examines the ways helping professionals’ perspectives on work-related traumatic stress may impact their relationships with their children. One of the interesting aspects of Alison’s work is the way it expands our understanding of ‘helping professionals’ and ‘work-related traumatic stress’.

Listen to Episode 5 on Soundcloud or via your preferred podcasting app (such as iTunes or Pocket Casts).

Episode 4: Reducing young peoples' contact with the criminal justice system

In Episode 4, we talk to Kay Lancefield about her research on young people’s contact with the criminal justice system.

Kay’s research examines how early intervention and preventative strategies can help reduce young peoples’ contact with the criminal justice system and prevent future offending.

Listen to Episode 4 on Soundcloud or via your preferred podcasting app (such as iTunes or Pocket Casts).

Episode 3: Factors influencing engagement with voluntary family services

In this episode, we chat to Mary Randall about her research into the factors that influence engagement with voluntary family services.

Mary’s research examines barriers to engagement with voluntary family services and how these can be overcome, enabling better access and service experience for families, and improved long-term outcomes.

Listen to Episode 3 on Soundcloud or via your preferred podcasting app (such as iTunes or Pocket Casts).

Episode 2: Engaging kids in decisions about their care

In Episode 2, we chat to Lynda McRae about engaging young people in out-of-home care in the decision-making processes that affect their lives.

This research is the focus of Lynda’s PhD project, which has grown out of Federation University and the Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership’s Higher Degree by Research initiative.

Listen to Episode 2 on Soundcloud or via your preferred podcasting app (such as iTunes or Pocket Casts).

Episode 1: The First 1000 Days Latrobe

In our first episode, we kick things off by chatting to Belinda Crawford and Rebecca Brown about The First 1000 Days Latrobe Project.

The First 1000 Days Latrobe project aims to strengthen cultural connections for Aboriginal families. It focuses on the first 1000 days of a child’s life – from conception to age two – to establish strong foundations for future wellbeing.

Listen to Episode 1 on Soundcloud or via your preferred podcasting app (such as iTunes or Pocket Casts).

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 (Read more about this project on our News and events page).
  • Engagement with family services in Inner Gippsland by families experiencing vulnerability – Mary Randall (Read more about this project on our News and events page).