skip to content

News and events

Permanency amendments inquiry update

The Commission for Children and Young People received more than 50 submissions to the Permanency Amendments Inquiry, in response to its October 2016 consultation paper.

Submissions were received from carers, families, service providers and advocates, who could elect to make their submission public or confidential. Thirty-six public submissions are now available on our Permanency Amendments Inquiry page.

The Commission thanks all individuals and organisations who provided their valuable input to the inquiry.

The inquiry is looking into the implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014. The amendments, which took effect on 1 March 2016, change the way that Victoria’s child protection system operates. In particular, the changes seek to ensure that decisions about the care of vulnerable children are made in a timely way and promote permanency of care arrangements.

The Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, recommended the Commission conduct the Inquiry, which is expected to be finalised in March 2017.

Read more about the Permanency amendments inquiry

New child safe law applies from 1 January

Organisations providing services or facilities specifically for children in Victoria will be required to meet Child Safe Standards from 1 January 2017.

Activities and services provided to children can vary between organisations but all organisations need to focus on building and maintaining a child safe environment.

Read more about making your organisation child safe

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.

Read the full media release – Addressing children’s needs crucial to family violence reforms

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.

Read the Children's rights report 2016 (pdf, 14.6mb)

Read our Submission to the National Children's Commissioner's Review of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) in the context of youth justice detention centres (pdf, 583kb)

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. 

Read the Submissions sought from the community on changes to child protection laws media release

Taskforce 1000 investigation reveals shocking failures across systems to care for Koori kids – media release

Always was, always will be Koori children.

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.

Read the Taskforce 1000 investigation media release

Read the Always was, always will be Koori children full report and extract

First annual report for Principal Commissioner Liana Buchanan

The Commission for Children and Young People Annual Report for 2015–16 is now available.

Read the Commission for Children and Young People Annual Report for 2015–16 (1.3mb, pdf)

Commission inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Andrew Jackomos, holding a copy of the Inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle in Victoria report.

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Andrew Jackomos, commented "Some children are lost for a short time, some are lost forever-"

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.

 

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.

Find out more about our online campaign to help organisations meet Child Safe Standards

Read the New standards to keep our kids safe media release