The Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) Training and Development Department delivers a range of specialist programs.
The Support for Fathers project is a national project that aims to support young men and fathers in their role as parents and partners with the outcome being an increase of men’s involvement in gender equality and reducing violence. RAV is being funded to run this project by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
Since late 2017, we have consulted with fathers, families and support services around Australia and organised a number of community and professionals' forums focused on bringing together people to talk about fatherhood.
In 2018, we launched a Support for Fathers National Survey and invited fathers, their partners, and professionals working with families to share their views about the issues affecting young men and fathers in Australia, and how service providers can support fathers to develop and strengthen healthy family relationships.
The responses and feedback gathered in the survey have informed the development of resources to support dads and a professionals’ toolkit which are available on our new Support for Fathers website. Read our media release for more information.
We're excited to be sharing these resources with dads, families and support services from October 2019 onwards, through a series of community information sessions and training opportunities that will take place around Australia as part of our national roadshow*.
We’re also currently establishing a new Working with Fathers Network for professionals and service providers in Moreland and Hume who work with fathers and families. You don’t need to have attended a meeting previously, and professionals and service providers working with fathers and families in local government areas outside of Hume and Moreland are also more than welcome to attend.
*Please note that the Support for Fathers roadshow is currently on hold, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Now more than ever is the time for dads, families and services to stay connected, so we’re putting together some free, online webinars which you’ll be able to access soon via Zoom. To receive updates, sign up to our mailing list.
You can also access and share our free resources for dads and families, and a toolkit for professionals from our Support for Fathers website. Stay safe, keep checking in with your loved ones, and look after yourselves – we look forward to connecting with you again soon.
To find out more, arrange an information session in your community or workplace, or sign up to our mailing list, contact Dom Alford, Project Coordinator, via email or on 0437 305 881.
LINCS is an educational workshop specifically designed for offenders who are subject to a Community Correction Order, and is funded through Corrections Victoria. RAV delivers four, one-day LINCS workshops each week across metropolitan Melbourne, with participants attending from all over Victoria.
The LINCS program involves four modules:
LINCS workshops are designed to improve participants’ capabilities and strengths, using skills-based activities that also identify strategies and supports relevant to each module. The activities also highlight the importance of the participants’ internal and external capacity in terms of their social supports, employment opportunities and access to education.
Each module builds on the learnings and knowledge of the preceding module, to approach the final module where participants focus on community supports that link with their identified goals and associated action plan.
LINCS is built upon a straightforward, accessible and clear approach that acknowledges our internal and life priorities, and the external resources and opportunities that at times may have been overlooked or not been previously identified.
RAV has been successfully delivering LINCS since February 2017 and has received positive feedback from program participants and Corrections Victoria and achieved excellent learning outcomes throughout the first year.
RAV has designed a suite of non-clinical training modules targeting the wellbeing and personal development of un-sentenced prisoners (remandees) in prison locations across Victoria. This project, which is funded by Corrections Victoria, recognises that remandees present with a range of complex needs and require tailored intervention and support for their successful rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.
RAV commenced development of the training modules in December 2017, in partnership with Caraniche, a specialist provider of psychological services. These eight modules target the wellbeing and personal development of remandees in prisons, and focus on a strengths-based approach that incorporates adult learning principles to allow skills development in practical and interactive training sessions that link to supports.
The module topics include:
Since late 2018, RAV and Caraniche have provided training for facilitators in delivering the ATLAS program to remandees in prisons across Victoria. Over 3,500 participants have undertaken the program during the first six-months of delivery, with consistently positive feedback from both program facilitators and participants. The sites at which the program has been delivered have reported a decrease in critical incidents and in property damage at the sites since the program has been introduced, with managers of those sites attributing these changes to the program. RAV continues to provide supervision to the program facilitators across Victoria.
RAV's Training and Development Department commenced delivering 1.5-hour, weekly workshops for prisoners on remand within the Melbourne Assessment Prison in March 2018.
The workshops use the acronym SORT to address four main topics:
The SORT program utilises adult learning principles, trauma-informed practice and a strengths-based approach to engage participants and achieve learning outcomes. The sessions cover the topics above through a range of interactive activities including discussion, reflection and group work.
We have received positive feedback from program participants and prison staff demonstrating positive achievement of learning outcomes in the SORT program.