Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review –Timely intervention

Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review –Timely intervention

We want people to get assistance when they need it. This means not just focusing on cases that go to court. It might mean providing help when the Department of Health and Human Services is first involved, or it could involve supporting children after a court case is finished. It is particularly important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families have timely access to good quality legal help.

Action 7

We will pilot an early intervention unit featuring non-legal advocates, where the following are considered a priority:

  • cases for which a protection application by notice would ordinarily proceed
  • families where one or both primary carers have an intellectual disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Aboriginal family-led decision making conferences.

Status – pilot commenced.

Action 8

Legal assistance will be available to clients of the Early Intervention Unit to obtain legal advice about their child protection case.

Status – implementation expected by March 2019.

Action 9

We will pilot a Health Justice Partnership to provide early advice and legal representation to pregnant women who are or may be the subject of an unborn report. 

Status – implementation expected by 2021.

Action 10

We will work with others, including young people, to identify the legal needs of children and young people in out of home care, including during case planning, as well as developing an advice and referral process for children and young people who are the subject of an ‘abuse in care’ report.

Status – implementation expected by second half of 2019.

Action 11

We will provide additional resources to the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service to enable them to deal with more child protection matters.

Status – completed.

Action 12

Grants of assistance will be made available for the provision of legal advice, assistance and representation for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children, young people and parents where a child or young person is placed in out of home care and the issue of parental or sibling contact is in dispute.

Status – completed. 

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:

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