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Commission's submission - Five Year Plans for Out of Home Care

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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.

See our Strategic Plan 2014-2016

News and events

Left to right - Mr Douglas Briggs, Judges Aunty Pam Pederson and Commissioner Andrew Jackomos, Miss Sharina Ladharam.2014 Victorian NAIDOC Week 6-13 July

6 July 2014

Andrew Jackomos, the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People invites you to join in the celebrations during NAIDOC Week.

To see what is happening please visit Victorian NAIDOC Week

In association with the Koori Youth Council and the Victorian NAIDOC Committe, the Commission for Children and Young People is proud to sponsor Mr. and Miss NAIDOC 2014.

Announced on Wednesday 2 July, Mr. NAIDOC is Douglas Briggs and Miss NAIDOC is Sharina Ladharam. Douglas is studying Arts at Melbourne University and Sharina is studying Early Years Education at the Australian Catholic University.

Debutante Ball for young people in out of home careTickets now on sale for the Debutante ball for young people in out of home care

The 2014 Debutante Ball for young people in out of home care will take place at the Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 11 August 2014.

We encourage family members, staff, carers and young people to attend the ball, not only to support the debutantes and their partners, but also to enjoy the night of celebration. This is a unique opportunity for young people, family, carers and staff, to join together and experience the glamour!

Keep up with the preparations - check out the Deb Ball blog

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

21 May 2014

Submissions are now invited from:

  • families, children and young people who have personally experienced residential care
  • Child Protection services including front line workers and managers
  • community service organisations who provide residential care services, including direct care staff and managers and other service providers.

Read more about making a submission to the Inquiry

Australian Children's New logo for the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

21 May 2014

An event was held at the Koorie Heritage Trust on 15 May to welcome Australia's Children's Commissioners and Guardians and to officially launch the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People's logo.

Read more about the launch of the new logo

Australian Children's National meeting of Children's Commissioners and Guardians

The Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) met in Melbourne on 15 and 16 May 2014.

Read more about the 2014 ACCG meeting

Debutante Ball for young people in out of home careDebutante ball for young people in out of home care - applications now open

The 2014 Debutante Ball for young people in out of home care will take place at the Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 11 August 2014.

Find out more about the 2014 Debutante ball

Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians Principles for Child Safety in Organisations

Our core functions include:

  1. Providing advice to Ministers, Government Departments, health services and human services relating to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.
  2. Promoting the interests of vulnerable Victorian children and young people.
  3. 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.
  4. Monitoring Victoria's out of home care system and promoting child inclusive decision making.
  5. Monitoring and reporting on the implementation and effectiveness of strategies relevant to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.
  6. Promoting child-friendly and child safe policies and practices in Victoria.
  7. Providing advice to the Minister about child safety as requested.
  8. Reviewing and reporting on the administration of the Working with Children Act 2005 and educating and informing the community about the Act.
  9. Any other functions given to the Commission by the Act or any other Act.

For more detailed information about the Commission's functions, see Legislation and Policy