Commission initiates legal action to prevent the publication of confidential information contained in confidential report

Monday 29 March 2021

The Commission for Children and Young People initiated legal action on the weekend regarding the publication of confidential information contained in articles published in the Weekend Australian on 27 March 2021. It is concerned that disclosure of this information could result in the identification of deceased children and their families.

‘The publication of this information not only risks undermining confidence in processes to improve child protection systems, it threatens the confidentiality owed both to the children whose deaths were reviewed, and their families,’ said Liana Buchanan, Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, today.

‘The Commission's legal action is not about limiting public interest discussion of the child protection system. Through its work, the Commission supports, and is a regular and constructive contributor to that discussion. Instead, this action is about ensuring that the tragedy of children’s deaths is not made worse by the violation of their privacy, or the privacy of their families.’

Legislation prevents the Commission commenting on specific cases including those detailed in its child death inquiries. As the matter is currently before the courts, the Commission will not be offering further comment at this time.

Media contact:

Darren Lewin-Hill
0437 046 360
Senior Communications and Media Adviser
Commission for Children and Young People