Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Client-focussed services

Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Client-focussed services

We want children, young people, parents and carers to be more involved and have a greater voice in decisions that can have a serious life-changing impact on them.

Action 3

We will work with relevant agencies, children, young people, parents and carers, to develop a community legal education strategy designed to improve engagement with and understanding of the child protection system, including the development and maintenance of plain-language information relevant for different groups involved with the child protection system.

Status – implementation expected by 2018.

Action 4

We will work with our partners to develop guidelines for the representation of children and young people, including specific guidelines for ‘best interests’ representation. 

Status – implementation expected by 2018.

Action 5

We will take steps to improve the continuity of representation of children and young people who have received assistance for a child protection matter and who are later charged with a criminal matter to be heard in the Children’s Court of Victoria. 

Status – implementation expected by 2018.

Action 6

We will work with the Children’s Court of Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services and others to pilot an increase in representation for children under 10 years of age who are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • children of parents who are the subject of Children’s Court orders

where the application is, or may involve, placement of the child to out of home care.  

Status – implementation expected by 2021. 

Read the final report

Read the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review final report (docx, 7.95 MB) for more information about these actions.

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)

Also see the summary of other actions of this review: