Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review

Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review

We have completed a review our child protection services. The 36 actions we have committed to are aimed at Victorian children, young people, parents and carers benefitting from legal help that is more effective, high quality and as widely available as possible.

Release of our final report

The report should be read jointly with the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Consultation and options paper (docx, 6.2 MB) and the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Environmental scan (docx, 738.01 KB)

The actions we have committed to in this Final Report follow an extensive review of child protection legal services and consultation with others who work in child protection, and with young people, parents and carers.

You can also read:

What the review looked at

The objective of the review was to identify improvements to our child protection services, with a focus on:

  • timely and appropriate service delivery
  • better supporting children, especially children at risk of long-term disadvantage
  • greater consistency of service delivery across Victoria
  • improving the quality of services.

The review looked primarily at the path a client follows in the child protection system, at how services provided at various stages can be improved, and where service gaps may need to be filled.

As part of this, we also looked at the impact of family violence on child protection, and at the effectiveness of the current service model for particularly vulnerable clients.

The review process

The consultation followed a three-stage process:

  1. review of services and preliminary discussions with key stakeholders (completed) – we consulted with over 300 stakeholders, including young people, on issues affecting the review in August 2016
  2. call for submissions (completed 21 December 2016): we released a consultation and options paper on 28 October 2016. Submissions to this paper helped inform our thinking about which options to take forward.
  3. publish recommendations (completed 6 September 2017): we published the actions endorsed on 29 August 2017 by the Victoria Legal Aid Board.

Why is child protection a focus?

Also read Explainer – Why children, young people, parents and carers need earlier help with child protection.

More information

If you would like more information or have any queries about this review, please email childprotectionreview@vla.vic.gov.au or phone Project Manager Vincenzo Caltabiano on (03) 9269 0442.