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
Residential Care Matters: A resource for residential care workers, supervisors and managers caring for young people
4 December 2013
This valuable 97 page resource written by Laurel Downey in collaboration with the Commission and sector stakeholders, was recently launched by Bernie Geary.
The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare will use the resource as part of its ongoing training provision for residential care staff.
Koorie kids: growing strong in their culture
Five year plan for Aboriginal children in out of home care
27 November 2013
I've recently had the opportunity to work with a number of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Community Service Organisations to develop a submission to inform the development of this vitally important plan for Koorie kids. The submission, respectfully signed by Muriel Bamblett on behalf of the ACCOs and Deb Tsorbaris on behalf of the CSOs, was provided to the Minister for Community Services, the Hon Mary Wooldridge MP on 7 November.
I intend to further collaborate with stakeholders during the first half of 2014 to progress the submission's details, and anticipate providing further advice to Minister Wooldrige by 30 June 2014.
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
14 November 2013
In this issue...
Parliamentary inquiry into 'ice', high risk infant training, children in Immigration and Community Detention - and much more!
23 October 2013
The Commission for Children and Young People 2012-2013 annual report was tabled in parliament on Tuesday 15th October.
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