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Monday 27 Nov 2017

EO's report - November 2017

By: Sandy Ross

We are in the final stages of preparing our CPD calendar for January-June 2018, and a key component is the Family Violence training set to roll out across the state. Developed jointly by WIRE and Women's Legal Service, in consultation with financial counsellors, this training is an important part of the policy responses to the Royal Commission in to Family Violence by the Victorian Government. Apart from the funding for specialist family violence positions, it is recognised that all financial counsellors, generalist or specialist, encounter case work with a family violence element, and all should be relevantly skilled.

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) has advised FCRC and their funded agencies that they require all CAV funded FCs to attend the foundation (2 days) training in family violence. They have also advised that this training does not count for SPDP purposes, so FCs will still need to complete the expected SPDP training in addition to the family violence training. SPDP training opportunities will be listed in the training calendar.

In addition to the Foundational training, there is a third day of Advanced training in Family Violence. This will be Level 3, and only experienced FCs in supervisory roles or with specialisation or particular interest in family violence are expected to do this training by CAV.

The foundation training is taken to cover across all three focus areas (Technical, Skills and Ethics). The advanced day is taken as Technical. CPD points available for the family violence training are:

2 days foundation – 10 CPD points

1 day advanced – 5 CPD points

Please note: I will be away for 3 weeks from 27 November, back in the office on 18 December. In my absence Jo Benvenuti and Rita Battaglin will act as joint Executive Officers.