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Identifying Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children

Identifying Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children who are involved with child protection in Victoria is a practice requirement.  The information sheet informs families why and how children and families are asked to identify their cultural identity.

The information sheet for child protection practitioners has now been reformatted into the below procedure and advice.

Direction to parents to resume parental responsibility

This flowchart is an overview of the process when directing parents to resume parental responsibility.

Change in nature of order

The change in nature of order forms can be found on the human services intranet (DHHS staff access only).

  • Cover letter - change in nature of order - child
  • Cover letter - change in nature of order - parent
  • Cover letter - change in nature of order - court
  • Direction to resume parental responsibility

Directing a parent to resume full parental responsibility

Follow this procedure when a case planning decision has been made that it will soon be appropriate to reunify a child in out-of-home care under a family reunification order or care by Secretary order.

Counting time in out-of-home care

From 1 March 2016, the amount of time a child spends in court ordered out-of-home care matters, so it is essential it is counted accurately, using a consistent approach. A calculator has been developed to assist practitioners with this task.
The calculator (excel file), instructions on how to use the calculator and other supporting documentation is located on the departmental intranet - Permanency for children implementation page.

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