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Consultation on proposed legislative reform of Children, Youth and Families Act 2005

Consultation on proposed legislative reform of Children, Youth and Families Act 2005

By Family Law Section

Child Welfare COVID-19 Young Persons 

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The Law Institute of Victoria has welcomed the introduction of a new framework to support children in out-of-home care.

The LIV has identified additional opportunities to assist in reforming the child protection jurisdiction and wellbeing components of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic) and to address the need for a multi-agency collaborative approach to reduce the impact of the criminal justice system on young people in out-of-home care.

The LIV has urged the Victorian Government to seek out input from the LIV’s Family Law Section members who are uniquely positioned to understand the issues and impact upon such children within the current legislative framework and contribute to any proposed changes to the Act.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LIV has also enquired whether any amendments to the Act are being considered to address issues such as children spending time in court-ordered out-of-home care, and the impact COVID-19 will have on the ability of necessary support services to work with families to assist them in reunifying children into their care.

Read the submission here

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