Certainty for children and young people in care

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19 September 2014
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The Victorian Parliament passed a Bill on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 to amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to provide greater certainty for children and young people in care, their families and carers.

Currently, if children and young people need alternative long-term care they spend an average five years before this is achieved. Without permanent arrangements in place, children and young people live with uncertainty, not knowing whether they will return home, remain with their current carer or be moved to a new carer. This is not in their best interests and can be harmful. The amended legislation will ensure children and young people are provided with a permanent home sooner, either through family reunification or permanent care arrangements.

The reforms also recognise the significant and valuable role of carers by giving them authority to make day-to-day decisions about children in their care.

Close work between child protection, the child and family service sector, families and carers will take place over the next 12-18 months to prepare for the major reforms in this Bill.

Further information about changes to be implemented under the Bill is available on the Permanent care and other matters amendments webpage on this site.

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