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Wednesday 19 October 2016

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

A consultation paper to examine the impact of changes to Victorian child protection legislation was released today by the Commission for Children and Young People.

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. 

Amendments to the Children, Youth and Families Act that came into effect on 1 March 2016 changed the way Victoria’s child protection system operates. The changes try to ensure that decisions about the care of vulnerable children are made in a timely way and promote permanent, safe care for vulnerable children.

The Commission will examine whether the changes are achieving their objectives six months from their implementation.

‘We are interested in hearing from children, families and carers who have had recent experiences with the child protection system, and with those working in the sector,’ Principal Commissioner Liana Buchanan said.

‘I encourage Victoria’s Koori community to make submissions as our children and young people are significantly over-represented in out-of-home care and the numbers are growing,’ Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackomos said.

Submissions to the inquiry close on 14 November 2016. For details on how to make a submission, as well as the inquiry’s terms of reference view the Permanency Amendments Inquiry page.

Contact: Luis Gonzalez, Communications and Media Adviser
Tel: (03) 8601 5293 or 0425 871 816

Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner
Andrew Jackomos, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

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