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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

The Commission supported the National Close the Gap Day with a morning tea and film for staff.

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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 – 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:

  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