Feedback on how to improve our child protection services

Feedback on how to improve our child protection services

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

We received a broad range of suggestions about how to improve our child protection services as part of our review.   

Child Protection Review Project Manager Vincenzo Caltabiano said that the submissions contained a great deal of useful feedback and suggestions.

‘These ranged from client services needing to have a greater focus on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, to ways of improving access to our services more generally,’ he said.

‘While there were different views about how to achieve it, the submissions also show general support for improving the ways lawyers and social workers engage with each other in child protection matters.’

Thank you to everyone who made a submission

Vincenzo thanked everyone who contributed to this review by making a submission. 

We received submissions with feedback on how to improve our services from:

  • Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria
  • Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
  • Children's Court of Victoria
  • Commission for Children and Young People
  • Family Inclusion Network Victoria Inc and Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability
  • Foster Carer Association of Victoria
  • Grandparents Victoria
  • Isabelle Harrison and Claudia Grimberg
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
  • Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Women’s Legal Service Victoria
  • Youthlaw.

Our invitation to make a submission followed consultation with over 300 individuals and organisations on a range of options aimed at improving our services.

As part of this consultation we held a forum with key Aboriginal agencies to discuss how to better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, and held several meetings with the Department of Health and Human Services. We met with several other stakeholders to further develop ideas.  

Feedback from Victoria Legal Aid staff and our Sector Innovation and Planning Committee also fed into the development of our Consultation and Options Paper.

Our child protection program is one of our largest areas of legal practice. We provide or fund almost all representation for children, young people and parents in child protection matters in the Children’s Court.

Read the summary of feedback

The feedback we received in the submissions falls into seven key themes. Read the summary of feedback.