The social service sector is undergoing a period of unprecedented growth and dynamic change. As noted in the 10 Year Community Services Industry Plan, “To continue to meet community expectations and people’s needs, the community services industry will need to undergo significant change, placing responsibility and pressure on boards and organisational and industry leaders to be adaptive and to manage ongoing change in the social, economic and policy environment.”
There is a recognised need for training and support to enable sector leaders to build their knowledge and capabilities to navigate an ever changing landscape.
FSSI has been delivering leadership training to the sector since 2017. Piloted in 2017, FSSI’s “Executive Masterclass” featured course content that was co-designed with participants. The program involved guest speakers from diverse backgrounds including academia, government and business who shared insights and new approaches.
In 2018, the program was renamed the “Leadership Intensives” and was targeted specifically at leaders working in the family violence sector. Program content focuses on change management capabilities and strengthening established leadership qualities.
Over 2018 and 2019 the program was delivered to over 250 participants in 7 locations across Victoria: Melbourne, Ararat, Benalla, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton and Traralgon. In 2020, FSSI will continue to deliver Leadership Intensives to family violence sector leaders under Action 4.1 of Strengthening the Foundations: First Rolling Action Plan 2019 -2022. FSSI will also develop, deliver and evaluate a Leadership Intensive program for leaders working in the disability sector.
Family Safety Victoria