Hide all content

MOU with the Public Advocate

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been agreed between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Public Advocate, relating to child protection clients with cognitive disabilities.

The MOU establishes collaborative approaches to transition planning for those young people with cognitive disabilities who, upon reaching adulthood and leaving out-of-home care, require a guardian to assist with decision-making.

Published 23 June 2017.

Applying for evidence of citizenship on behalf of a child

Follow this procedure when applying for evidence of citizenship on behalf of a child in out-of-home care for whom the Secretary has parental responsibility.

Document ID number 1123, version 1, 6 May 2017.

Working with Children Checks for kinship carers

On 29 November 2016, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation including kinship care as ‘child-related work’ under the Working with Children Act 2005. This change was made following a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that states and territories standardise child-related work. This became law on 1 May 2017 and kinship carers, where child protection has approved the placement, are required to apply for a Working with Children Check.

Working with Children's Check for kinship carers - advice

This advice provides information regarding kinship carers and Working with Children Checks.

Document ID number 2137, version 2, 29 August 2017.

Working with Children Checks prohibition, suspension or interim negative notice - policy

Follow this policy when you are advised a prohibition, suspension or interim negative notice has been issued for the kinship carer’s Working with Children Check.

Document ID number 1121, version 1, 28 April 2017.

Working with Children Checks prohibition, suspension or interim negative notice - procedure

Follow this procedure when a kinship carer has received a prohibition, suspension or interim negative notice against their Working with Children Check.

Document ID number 1122, version 1, 28 April 2017.

Cultural planning for Aboriginal children - new model

A new model of cultural planning has been implemented requiring the development of a cultural plan to be commenced within the first two weeks of an Aboriginal child being placed in out-of-home care.  The model assumes that everyone has a role in cultural planning and that Aboriginal people are best placed to provide cultural knowledge and inform decision making for Aboriginal children.

The child’s cultural plan includes various elements to promote, maintain and enhance the child’s connection to their County and culture while they are in out-of-home care.

Cultural planning - the new model

This document provides detailed information on the new cultural planning process, including principles of the new model, roles and responsibilities of the care team and tasks required to develop and implement the child's cultural plan.

Pages