Priority Outcomes

In 2014, the Communities for Children Bendigo Reference Committee finalised and approved a set of locally defined priority areas/outcomes based on the previous work and reflections by Communities for Children stakeholders and partners. Our key outcomes to be achieved through the Bendigo Communities for Children Bendigo Action Plan 2015-17 are:

  1. Children’s Language and Literacy Development
  2. Building Parenting Confidence
  3. Educational and Vocational Pathways for parents
  4. Addressing Family Violence

Underpinning each of the four outcomes is the need to embed Aboriginal cultural safety in all Communities for Children Bendigo activities and projects, together with specific actions to further build cultural safety and competence.

These four outcomes were identified in multiple forums and consultations as the most pressing areas of concern for services providers and families. The feedback from the consultation process aligns closely with the AEDI data, the Victorian Police Crime Statistics, DEECD data and ABS data for the Greater Bendigo region. The State of Bendigo’s Children Report 2013 highlights the following:

  • By age 6, Bendigo children are below the Victorian State average with regards to their language, cognitive skills, communication and general knowledge
  • Reported family violence incidents have increased from 649 in 2011 to 1165 in 2013 and child protection notifications have also increased and are significantly higher than the Victorian average
  • Young people are less likely than the Victorian average to be engaged with learning or earning by age 15