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
Getting tough is not the answer
The past week has seen a resurgence of calls to get tough on children and young people who break the law. Prompted by new bail laws for under eighteen year olds that took effect on Monday, we have heard dire warnings: we are going ‘soft’ on young offenders; we’re in the midst of a ‘youth crime wave’; community safety will suffer. There have even been calls to step back in time and start dealing with sixteen and seventeen year olds under the adult criminal justice system.
Announcement: State budget
The Commission for Children and Young People is pleased to note a number of commitments intended to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in today’s state budget.
The $168 million investment to support the ‘Roadmap for Reform’ policy directions in child protection will support greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention, a focus the Commission has long advocated.
Announcement: statement on Roadmap for Reform
The state government this month launched its Roadmap for Reform, promising “once in a generation” changes to improve support for children and families.
A new principal commissioner begins
We welcome Liana Buchanan, the new Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People.
Lawyer and advocate, she is a part-time commissioner with the Victorian Law Reform Commission and was most recently the Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres. She has also been responsible for monitoring the Victorian corrections system as Director, Office of Correctional Services Review and has held legal and policy positions in a number of agencies including the Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria, Office for the Status of Women (SA) and Women’s Legal Service (SA).
Child Safe Standards
The Commission is now responsible for assisting Category 1 and 2 organisations that need to be compliant with the new mandatory child safe standards:
- Phase 1: Organisations that provide services for children that are government funded and/or regulated are required to work towards compliance from 1 January 2016.
- Registered schools have until 1 August 2016 to be compliant with the standards.
- Phase 2: Other organisations that provide services for children are required to comply from 1 January 2017.
For details of those organisations in scope for Category 1 and 2, please view In scope organisations for child safe standards on the Human Services Victoria website.
To help organisations achieve compliance, we have developed the following guide and tip sheets:
- A guide for creating a child safe organisation - version 2.0 (1.9mb, pdf)
- What to look for in a child safe organisation (362kb, pdf)
- Cultural safety for Aboriginal children (435kb, pdf)
- Safety of children with a disability (249kb, pdf)
- Empowerment and participation of children (266kb, pdf)
- Safety of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (229kb, pdf)
For advice you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call us on 86015884.
Department of Health and Human Services funded/delivered services can contact:
Ph: (03) 9096 0000
Registered schools can contact the Department of Education and Training:
Early childhood services operating under the National Quality Framework or Children's Services Act 1996 should contact:
Licensed children's services enquiry line: 1300 307 415
Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria)
We welcome the report of the Commission and its focus on children. In particular, that intervention systems for children will be strengthened as well as responses for Koori women and children.
Our core functions include:
- Providing advice to Ministers, Government Departments, health services and human services relating to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.
- Promoting the interests of vulnerable Victorian children and young people.
- 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.
For more detailed information about the Commission's functions, see Legislation and Policy