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

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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 5886.

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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.

News and events

Senate Inquiry into grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren

From left to right - Bernie Geary, Principal Commissioner, Andrew Jackomos, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People and David Ali, CEO.The Commission turns one

We've just celebrated our first anniversary!

The Commission was established on 1 March 2013 following a transition from the Office of the Child Safety Commissioner.

"The last year has been incredibly busy, with all of us working alongside committed services providers and policy makers to enhance the safety and well-being of Victoria's children and young people, in particular those who are vulnerable. We have determined our future strategic priorities, and are in the process of sharing these with government agencies.

Our Strategic Plan 2014-16 will soon be available on this site for you to see what we have in mind for the next few years."

Bernie

Debutante Ball for young people in out of home careDeb ball for young people in out of home care

The 2014 Debutante Ball for young people in out of home care is coming up on 6th August!

Now is a great time for agency staff to start talking to young people who are living in care or who have recently left care about their interest in participating in the event.

More details will follow soon!

As Eye See It - Victorian Project Report 2013-14Report on the As Eye See It exhibition

5 March 2014

Black and white photos taken by children living in out of home care that were exhibited at Fed Square in September 2013.

Read the As Eye See It project report

NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards for inspiring prevention initiativesNAPCAN's Play Your Part Awards for Inspiring Prevention Initiatives

3 March 2014

Nominations now open

The Awards aim to recognise individuals, communities and organisations that have played their part in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Australia, particularly in vulnerable communities.

Don't miss this opportunity to highlight the inspiring initiatives that are taking place in your community.

To find out how to nominate see www.napcan.org.au

Link to Imaginate website.Imaginate

25 February 2014

Berry Street Childhood Institute presents Imaginate, a competition for young people aged 13 - 25 to creatively share ideas on 'what makes a good childhood'.

For details see imaginate.org.au

Law, policy and reform submissions

25 February 2014

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