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VLA Child Protection Guidelines

VLA Child Protection Guidelines

By Sarah Bright

Advocacy Child Welfare 


The LIV welcomes the proposed changes to the child protection guidelines in light of the 2014 legislative reforms created by the Children Youth & Families (Permanent Care & other matters) Act 2014, due to come into effect on 1 March 2016. The LIV commends VLA’s commitment to Victoria’s most disadvantaged children and families in seeking to change the child protection guidelines for legal representation at a time when such children and families will need, more than ever, the benefit of salient legal advice and advocacy so as to be able to ensure that, notwithstanding the 2014 legislative reforms, the intervention of the state is only to the minimum extent necessary in their lives.

The LIV makes several recommendations and comments as to Proposals 1 to 6 and also makes a further recommendation as to an additional revision of the child protection guidelines, which may also be of benefit to Victoria’s most vulnerable children and their families.

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Sarah Bright, Senior Lawyer, Family Law Section

T: 03 9607 9365

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