The Andrews Government today announced the Alannah & Madeline Foundation will receive $1 million to support its successful Cubby House program, which provides children a safe place and support when attending court.
Funding will staff the existing Cubby House at the Broadmeadows Children’s Court with a full-time youth worker and expand the award-winning program to the Melbourne Children’s Court.
The Cubby House, an Australian-first initiative, provides a sanctuary for vulnerable children whose lives have been disrupted by family abuse, disputes, or other legal matters.
The Cubby House has proven to reduce trauma and helps to promotes wellbeing by providing a positive and supportive environment for children in the care of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) staff.
The Cubby House is a purpose built space work space for DHHS which is adjacent to and has line of sight to the children’s area. Trained youth workers from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation provide activities, entertainment and distraction for the children and a safe place to rest. This helps to prevent further trauma at an incredibly stressful time for them.
The Hon Martin Pakula MP Attorney-General Victoria said that the Andrews Labor Government is proud to be supporting the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Cubby House program.
"This is an outstanding initiative which helps to care for some of the most vulnerable children and gives them a safe place when attending court,” he said.
Lesley Podesta CEO Alannah & Madeline Foundation, congratulated the Andrews Government for prioritising the needs of children in the 2017/18 State Budget.
“Supporting vulnerable children affected by family violence and abuse, is a much needed and critical investment in the health of our community.”
“We are thrilled to see extra resources going into supporting children who find themselves in courts. Attending court is hard enough for adults. For children it can be a terrifying and confronting experience. "
“We are delighted that our award-winning Cubby House program will be extended to support more Victorian children so they do not have to feel alone and distressed during times of trauma.”
“This is a great day for children.”
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