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Addressing children’s needs crucial to family violence reforms
Child Protection and the broader service system need to improve their responses to child victims of family violence and focus on their needs, according to a report from the Commission for Children and Young People tabled in Parliament today.
The Commission’s report, Neither seen nor heard, details systemic failures in child death cases where children had experienced family violence. The inquiry found that services commonly overlooked risks and underestimated the impact of family violence on children. Child victims were not engaged and given the support they needed to address their trauma.
Children's Rights Report 2016 tabled in Federal Parliament on 1 December
With its focus this year on the oversight of youth justice detention in Australia, the National Children's Commissioner has called for Australia to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) as soon as possible.
Submissions sought from the community on changes to child protection laws – media release
The Commission’s Permanency Amendments Inquiry seeks the views of the Victorian community about changes aimed at reducing delays to decisions about long term care of vulnerable children removed from their families.
Taskforce 1000 investigation reveals shocking failures across systems to care for Koori kids – media release
Victoria's child protection system has failed Aboriginal children in the state on an individual and systemic basis, a landmark state-wide investigation of nearly 1,000 cases by the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackomos has found.
First annual report for Principal Commissioner Liana Buchanan
The Commission for Children and Young People Annual Report for 2015–16 is now available.
Commission inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria
Today the Commission's report 'In the child's best interests – inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria' was tabled in parliament.
- Read the report: In the child's best interests - inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria
- Read the Victorian Child Protection system failing on 'Stolen Generations' principle media release
Meeting the Child Safe Standards - an online campaign
New laws are currently being introduced that will mean Victorian organisations that have direct and regular contact with children need to meet Child Safe Standards by 1 January 2017.