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

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Interested in volunteering?

We are looking for people interested in being a part of our Independent Visitor Program at the Melbourne and Malmsbury Youth Justice Centres.

To find out more please call Chris Galea on 8601 5894.

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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

Victorian Aboriginal Children's Forum

Read the statement for Commissioner Andrew Jackomos, along with his speech and communique from the forum

"...as a good parent would..."

Inquiry into the adequacy of the provision of residential care services to Victorian children and young people who have been subject to sexual abuse or sexual exploitation whilst residing in residential care.

Read the final report

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.

Read more about Independent Visitor volunteers

Inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle (ACPP) in Victoria

We call for submissions for the inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement.

Commission for Children and Young People budget statement - media release

The Commission for Children and Young People welcomes a children friendly budget.

Read the 2015 budget statement media release

The Commission for Children and Young People recognises the contribution of Dr Alf Bamblett 1944-2015

Read 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 : Aboorginal children in care – open letter (pdf, 1.2mb)

Read the full 2015 Report on Government Services on the Australian Government Productivity Commission website

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