Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Purpose

Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Purpose

A clear and shared understanding of why we provide legal help with child protection matters will better frame our work going forward and lead to improved outcomes.

The child protection system advances the best interests of children. Everyone involved in the system has a part to play in reaching that goal. To get the best outcomes, we need to understand and respect each of these roles.

Legal services have a central role in making sure that decisions affecting families are lawful and that people affected understand and can participate in the legal process. 

Action 1

We will adopt the following vision and purpose for our Child Protection Program:

  • Our vision – that the Victorian child protection system advances children's best interests.
  • Our purpose – to support the vision by ensuring that people affected by decisions or actions of the child protection system, particularly children, young people and parents, are informed, are supported to participate or have a voice in decisions that affect them, have their rights protected and upheld, and are treated fairly and according to law.

Status – commenced.

Action 2​

We will work with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a Workforce Development Strategy.

Status – implementation expected by 2019.

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: