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Strengthen guidelines around Child Protection in family violence matters

Recommendation 026


Who is leading the change

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services develop and strengthen practice guidelines and if necessary propose legislative amendments to require Child Protection—in cases where family violence is indicated in reports to Child Protection and is investigated but the statutory threshold for protective intervention is not met to:

  • ensure the preparation of a comprehensive and robust safety plan, either by Child Protection or by a specialist family violence service
  • make formal referrals for families to relevant services—including specialist family violence services, family and child services, perpetrator interventions, and the recommended Support and Safety Hubs, once established
  • make formal referrals for children and young people to specialist services—including counselling services—if children or young people are affected by family violence or use violence