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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.

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