Communities That Care Program

Kids in the park 2015Communities That Care (CTC) is an evidence-based process aimed at building capacity within communities to improve the healthy development of children and young people.

CTC uses a public health approach to promote healthy development and prevent youth problem behaviours such as anti-social behaviour and/or early school leaving. CTC is grounded in rigorous research from the fields of public health, sociology, psychology, education, criminology, medicine and organisational development.

The CTC process brings together interested people in the community using a collective impact framework to effectively identify and address the specific needs facing children and young people within the local community. 

Steps include:
Identifying and recruiting relevant community stakeholders and decision makers.
Developing a community profile based on a comprehensive youth survey.
Creating a long-range community action plan, including selection of evidence-based programs based on profile data.
Implementing and evaluating the community action plan.

Why a Communities that Care Program in Yarra?

In 2013, a comprehensive consultation and review process was undertaken to inform the development of both the City of Yarra Middle Years Strategy 2014 – 2017 and the Yarra Youth Policy 2013 – 2016. It was identified through this process that there was a lack of consistent data in relation to the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Yarra that could inform future service and program planning and delivery, and the implementation of prevention strategies.

The CTC Program in Yarra will:

Provide comprehensive data on the health and wellbeing of children in Yarra that can be used to inform future program and service planning and delivery; and the implementation of prevention strategies;
Provide a framework for organisations and young people across Yarra to work collaborative to effectively identify and address the specific needs facing children, young people and their families in the Yarra community;
Build community capacity to plan and deliver effective child and adolescent health promotion and community prevention strategies in Yarra.

Who is involved?

The City of Yarra is facilitating the development of a CTC Program for the municipality and has been working with key organisations, schools and community groups to ensure a collaborative approach.To date over 26 organisations are represented on the Yarra CTC Key Leadership Group and the Community Board who are responsible for the driving the Yarra Communities that Care Program. 

The Key Leaders Group is chaired by City of Yarra and includes representatives from:

City of Yarra
Victoria Police
Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC)
cohealth
Department of Human Services (DHS)
YMCA
Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)
Mission Australia
Drummond Street Services
Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network (INLLEN)
Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL)
The Smith Family 
Kildonan

The Community Board consists of representatives from organisations which include: 

Sacred Heart Primary School
Fitzroy Primary School
City of Yarra
Victoria Police
Mission Australia
YMCA
Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC)
The Smith Family
Austin CAMHS
Headspace Collingwood
Berry Street
Department of Human Services (DHS)
Drummond Street Services
Cohealth
Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL)
Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)
Community Care
Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network (INLLEN)
Save the Children Australia
Polyglot Theatre – Community Collaborations

 


 

Further information
Bella Laidlaw

Yarra Communities that Care Program Leader
9426 1506 or 0409 197 581
bella.laidlaw@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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