The Commission for Children and Young People
The Commission for Children and Young People has been established to promote continuous improvement and innovation in:
- policies and practices relating to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people generally, and in particular those who are vulnerable
- the provision of out of home care services for children.
The Commission acts with independence and impartiality, demonstrating integrity and respect.
News and events
The Commission supported the National Close the Gap Day with a morning tea and film for staff.
The Commission for Children and Young People recognises the contribution of Dr Alf Bamblett 1944-2015.
An Open Letter from Andrew Jackomos
2015 Report on Government Services – Aboriginal children in care.
The full report can be viewed at http://www.pc.gov.au/research/recurring/report-on-government-services
Aboriginal Out of Home Care Conference scheduled for 12-13 March 2015.
The Commission is cancelling the conference and will continue to work on key pieces of work to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care and reduce over representation through: Taskforce 1000, a systemic inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle and an inquiry into Aboriginal children in out of home care. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Volunteers required for our new Independent Visitor Program for residential care services
We are looking for people interested in being a part of our new Independent Visitor Program for residential care services.
For more information please call Jim Oommen on 8601 5882
Inquiry into the adequacy of the provision of services to children and young people who have been subjected to sexual exploitation or sexual abuse whilst residing in residential care
- The Commission has received 16 written submissions to the Inquiry hat will be published on the Commission's website.
- It is anticipated the inquiry will be finalised in April and a report will be tabled in parliament.
Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians Principles for Child Safety in Organisations
Our core functions include:
- Providing advice to Ministers, Government Departments, health services and human services relating to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.
- Promoting the interests of vulnerable Victorian children and young people.
- Conducting inquiries into service provision or omission in regard to:
- children who have died and were known to child protection at the time of their death or 12 months before their death
- the safety and wellbeing of an individual or group of vulnerable children and young people
- a health service, human service or school where there are persistent or recurring systemic concerns.
For more detailed information about the Commission's functions, see Legislation and Policy