Monitoring of reports

We have a role in monitoring services, policies and strategies for vulnerable children in Victoria.

Recommendations from systemic inquiries

Our systemic inquiries usually contain a number of recommendations for improvement for the government or service providers to act on. 

The same four walls (March 2017)

We made 21 recommendations to improve policies and practice towards children and young people placed in isolation, separation and lockdowns in Victorian youth justice centres. 

Read about report: The same four walls 

The Victorian Government accepted all recommendations in full or in principle.

Neither seen nor heard (December 2016)

We made 13 recommendations to the child protection system to improve responses to children who experience family violence. 

Read about the report: Neither seen nor heard

The Victorian Government accepted all recommendations in full or in principle. 

Always was, always will be Koori children (October 2016)

We made 77 recommendations to reduce the number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care in Victoria. 

Read about the report: Always was, always will be Koori children

The Victorian Government accepted all recommendations in full, in part or in principle. The government has begun to develop an implementation plan for these recommendations. Some of these will be incorporated as part of the government’s Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families Safe Children strategy. 

In the child’s best interests (October 2016)

We made 54 recommendations for improvements to achieve compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle for children in out-of-home care in Victoria.

Read about the report: In the child’s best interests

The Victorian Government accepted all recommendations in full, in part or in principle. The government has begun to develop an implementation plan for these recommendations.  

...as a good parent would... (August 2015)

We made nine recommendations for systemic improvements to prevent sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and young people in residential care.

Read about the report: ‘…as a good parent would…’

All recommendations were accepted in principle by the government. A number of them have since been incorporated in to the Victorian Government’s Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families Safe Children strategy and we continue to monitor progress of other recommendations. 

Monitoring of serious incident reports

We are notified about serious incidents involving children and young people in out-of-home care, youth justice centres or youth residential centres. These incidents may include:

  • the death of a child or young person
  • conduct that poses a serious threat
  • hospital admissions.

If we are concerned about an incident or the response to an incident, we request follow up information, further reports, or depending on where the incident occurred, CCTV footage. 

We use this information to: 

  • monitor the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • monitor services provided to children and young people 
  • determine whether the serious incident raises any systemic issues that may require further inquiry.