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Monitoring of reports and data

Monitoring functions of the Commission

Monitoring is an important tool that enables the Commission to fulfil its legislative objective to promote continuous improvement and innovation in policies and practices relating to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Victoria.

The Commission has a particular role in monitoring services to vulnerable children, particularly those in out of home care and the youth justice system. This includes monitoring the policies and strategies that affect them.

In line with the priorities of the Commission’s strategic plan, the Commission is monitoring a number of published reports and data streams, including those listed below.

Reports and data

Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Strategy

Department of Human Services

The strategy (and future reports) emphasises a shared responsibility across government, the service sector and the community to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and to accept a shared understanding of the term ‘vulnerability’.

Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System (VCAMS)

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

A web tool to track and measure children and young people's health, wellbeing, safety, learning and development outcomes as identified in the VCAMS Outcomes Framework. Includes 35 measurable outcomes and 150 indicators

The State of Victoria’s Children

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

A comprehensive report of the health, wellbeing, learning, safety and development of children and young people. The annual reports are topic specific such as Aboriginal (2009) and young people and their families living in rural and regional Victoria (2011).

Victorian Government Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2013-18  

Department of Premier & Cabinet

The report identifies strategic priorities and targets (and measures) to close the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians. Six Strategic Action Areas are outlined to close the gap for Aboriginal disadvantaged Victorians.

National Standards for Out of Home Care

Department of Social Services (Australian Government)

The National Standards seek to drive improvements in the quality of care so that children and young people in out-of-home care have the same opportunities as other children and young people to reach their potential in life wherever they live in Australia.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse

An investigation into how institutions (schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations) have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

Child Protection National Minimum Data Set

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

All state jurisdictions have worked with the Australian Government to implement a new Child Protection National Minimum Data Set for reporting on child protection.

Children in Care Report Card

Anglicare Victoria

Provides a snapshot of the disadvantage experienced by children and young people in out of home care, and related services.

The State of Bendigo’s Children Report

Bendigo Child Friendly City Leadership Group

The report examines key factors associated with the wellbeing of children and their families and uses specific indicators to measure how Bendigo is faring compared with the Victorian average.

The State of East Gippsland’s Children & Youth Report

Good Beginnings Australia

Focuses on five areas (or domains) of wellbeing to paint a picture of the children of East Gippsland. Indicators measure how East Gippsland’s children and young people are faring compared with the Victorian average and regional Victoria.

The State of Greater Shepparton’s Children Report

Greater Shepparton City Council

The report presents a broad range of data related to the key indicators of health, educational attainment and community wellbeing of the children of Greater Shepparton and highlights the areas in which Greater Shepparton's children and young people are doing well and those which must be addressed.