News and events
23 March, 2017
Report reveals unacceptable levels of isolation and lockdowns in Victorian youth justice centres
Children and young people in Victoria’s youth justice centres are subjected to unacceptable levels of isolation and are routinely “locked down” due to staffing issues, a report by the Commission for Children and Young People tabled in Parliament today reveals.
8 March, 2017
Always was, always will be Koori children
It is no secret that across Australia and in every jurisdiction there are way too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care. Sadly the great majority of Victorian Koori children in out of home care, nine out of ten to be precise are removed as a direct result of being victimised through family violence. Not as collateral damage, but as direct victims of family violence.
27 January, 2017
Response to government decision concerning Corrections Victoria and the youth justice system
There have been some significant and concerning incidents in recent months at youth justice centres in Victoria, and we note today's announcement that Corrections Victoria staff will be brought in to run youth justice centres at Parkville and Malmsbury.
Permanency amendments inquiry update
The Commission for Children and Young People received more than 50 submissions to the Permanency Amendments Inquiry, in response to its October 2016 consultation paper.
Submissions were received from carers, families, service providers and advocates, who could elect to make their submission public or confidential. Thirty-six public submissions are now available on our Permanency Amendments Inquiry page.
The Commission thanks all individuals and organisations who provided their valuable input to the inquiry.
The inquiry is looking into the implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014. The amendments, which took effect on 1 March 2016, change the way that Victoria’s child protection system operates. In particular, the changes seek to ensure that decisions about the care of vulnerable children are made in a timely way and promote permanency of care arrangements.
The Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, recommended the Commission conduct the Inquiry, which is expected to be finalised in March 2017.
New child safe law applies from 1 January
Organisations providing services or facilities specifically for children in Victoria will be required to meet Child Safe Standards from 1 January 2017.
Activities and services provided to children can vary between organisations but all organisations need to focus on building and maintaining a child safe environment.
Addressing children’s needs crucial to family violence reforms
Child Protection and the broader service system need to improve their responses to child victims of family violence and focus on their needs, according to a report from the Commission for Children and Young People tabled in Parliament today.
The Commission’s report, Neither seen nor heard, details systemic failures in child death cases where children had experienced family violence. The inquiry found that services commonly overlooked risks and underestimated the impact of family violence on children. Child victims were not engaged and given the support they needed to address their trauma.
Children's Rights Report 2016 tabled in Federal Parliament on 1 December
With its focus this year on the oversight of youth justice detention in Australia, the National Children's Commissioner has called for Australia to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) as soon as possible.
Submissions sought from the community on changes to child protection laws – media release
The Commission’s Permanency Amendments Inquiry seeks the views of the Victorian community about changes aimed at reducing delays to decisions about long term care of vulnerable children removed from their families.
Taskforce 1000 investigation reveals shocking failures across systems to care for Koori kids – media release
Victoria's child protection system has failed Aboriginal children in the state on an individual and systemic basis, a landmark state-wide investigation of nearly 1,000 cases by the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackomos has found.
First annual report for Principal Commissioner Liana Buchanan
The Commission for Children and Young People Annual Report for 2015–16 is now available.
Commission inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria
Today the Commission's report 'In the child's best interests – inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria' was tabled in parliament.
- Read the report: In the child's best interests - inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria
- Read the Victorian Child Protection system failing on 'Stolen Generations' principle media release
Meeting the Child Safe Standards - an online campaign
New laws are currently being introduced that will mean Victorian organisations that have direct and regular contact with children need to meet Child Safe Standards by 1 January 2017.