Submission calls for more protections in the child protection system

Submission calls for more protections in the child protection system

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Victoria Legal Aid made a submission this week to the Inquiry into the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Restrictions on the Making of Protections Orders) Bill 2015.

The submission responds to the Victorian Parliamentary Legal and Social Issues Committee’s examination of how changes proposed in the Bill will affect existing laws concerning the protection of vulnerable children and the use of protection orders.

Victoria Legal Aid believes children at risk need a framework that provides flexibility, proper resourcing of services and supports, and watertight checks and balances.

In this submission, we recommend the passage of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Restrictions on the Making of Protection Orders) Bill 2015.

We believe the Bill retains requirements that, before a protection order is made, the Children’s Court be satisfied all reasonable steps have been taken by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide services in the best interests of a child.

We also made a number of recommendations for further amendments to the Children’s, Youth and Families Act 2005. Where appropriate and in the best interests of the child, these amendments aim to remove unnecessary impediments to family reunification.

Read our submission

See Appropriate interventions for children and young people to read our submission, which includes a summary of recommendations.

More information

See Child protection for more information about the law and where to get help.

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