Child protection case planning and reviews

Child protection case planning and reviews

Practice tools

We have a toolkit and checklist available for lawyers assisting clients through both the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) internal case plan review process and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Review Tribunal (VCAT) process.

Precedents

Precedents in Microsoft Word file format, including different versions of client letters to children, young people and adults, are available to child protection private practitioner panel lawyers by email. If you would like access to these documents, please contact: suzanne.bettink@vla.vic.gov.au, eveline.pagnani@vla.vic.gov.au or kimberley.ison@vla.vic.gov.au.

Professional legal education

We have videos and associated materials which may be accessed by child protection private practitioner panel lawyers with topics including:

  • Applying to VCAT for reviews of DHHS case plan decisions in child protection matters (part 1)
  • How to run an administrative review of DHHS decisions at VCAT (part 2).

For a full list of available topics or to access the videos and materials email: ple@vla.vic.gov.au

More information

See also Child protection in the Family Division of the Children’s Court.

Additional resources

Rules of procedural fairness apply to the decision-making process. See the following publications of the Law Institute of Victoria: