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Strengthen risk management practice guidelines for Child Protection in family violence matters

Recommendation 027


Who is leading the change

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services revise and strengthen its risk management practice guidelines and procedures for circumstances when a report to Child Protection has indicated the presence of family violence. Practice and procedural guidelines should be updated to require the child protection practitioner to:

  • without delay, obtain from Victoria Police and any specialist family violence service all police referrals (L17 forms) and the results of any risk assessments that have been performed in relation to the child who is the subject of the report and their parents or other relevant family members
  • ensure that the full text of any risk assessment is recorded in the Child Protection Service’s Crisis Referral Information System notes
  • without delay, provide to Victoria Police the results of any risk assessment completed by the department that indicates a risk of family violence to a child or young person, so as to support Victoria Police in bringing an application for a family violence intervention order in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. The department should ask that police provide feedback on whether an application to the court has been made