On 1 March 2016, changes to the Children, Youth and Families Act (2005) will take effect which make further provisions for the protection and permanent care of children.
Changes include the creation of new protection orders, including the family reunification order. Under this order, a child can be placed in out-of-home care for up to 12 months to allow parents to make the necessary changes for the child to return home.
Beth Allen, Assistant Director Child Protection, presented on the changes at a recent Domestic Violence Victoria members’ meeting. Allen noted that over one thousand Victorian children will transition to the family reunification order on 1 March, with nearly half of them having family violence as a factor preventing reunification.
Beth Allen’s presentation can be found here.
For more information, visit the DHHS website.
(Sources: WIFVC update, DHHS website, DV Vic email)