Kids First named as finalist in 2021 Victorian Protecting Children Awards

Kids First named as finalist in 2021 Victorian Protecting Children Awards

by Freya Lucas

September 03, 2021

Early childhood education and care provider Kids First have been named as one of 80 finalists in the 2021 Victorian Protecting Children Awards in two categories.


CEO Aileen Ashford is a nominee for the Robin Clark Leadership Award, which recognises an individual or team who inspires others to act wisely and care deeply about achieving the best outcomes for children, young people and their families. 


Specifically, Ms Ashford has been recognised for her ability to forge partnerships that extend the reach of programs and services.


Kids First’s Caring Dads program has also been named as one of five nominees in the Minister’s Award for Innovation in Protecting Children category. Caring Dads is an Australian first, 17-week early intervention program that engages fathers who have used violence and helps them develop skills in child-centred fathering to take responsibility for the impacts of their violence upon their children and their children’s mother.


An evidence-based model originating in Canada, Kids First has pioneered Caring Dads’ delivery to an Australian audience. An evaluation released by the University of Melbourne in 2020 demonstrated Caring Dads’ link to an overall reduction in violence, and men’s ability to reflect on abusive and harmful fathering practices after completing the program.


The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Monday 6 September as part of Child Protection Week.


For more information about Kids First please visit the website, here