Children, youth and families

Information and resources for service providers involved in providing youth justice and youth services as well as child safety and family services.

Latest News and Events

  • More support for Victorian carers

    More support for Victorian carers: children playing Thursday 15 September 2016

    A $19.2 million funding boost announced during Child Protection Week will give foster, kinship and permanent carers access to more training, financial support and other assistance.

  • Adoption equality starts now in Victoria

    Adoption equality starts now Thursday 01 September 2016

    From 1 September 2016, same-sex and gender diverse couples can now adopt in Victoria as a result of changes to adoption laws.

  • Victorian adoption law review: have your say

    Review of adoption law Thursday 11 August 2016

    Individuals and organisations with an interest, expertise or experience in adoption are invited to have their say on the future of Victorian adoption legislation as part of an independent review.

  • More housing support for family violence

    Royal Commission into Family Violence logo Monday 18 April 2016

    Women and children escaping family violence will have more access to a range of housing options with new funding of $152 million announced by the Victorian Government.

  • Changes to provide certainty for children

    Children running Monday 29 February 2016

    Legislative changes are now in effect that address delays in decision-making for children involved with child protection.


Interim department-wide fire safety training strategy

The interim department-wide fire safety training strategy ensures that staff are equipped with the required fire and emergency response skills and knowledge.

More on Interim department-wide fire safety training strategy

Family and parenting support

Family and early parenting services provide support to parents from pregnancy to when their child is four years old.

Placement and support

Information for service providers dealing with the placement and support of children and youth.

Registration of out-of-home carers

Out-of-home care service providers must undertake a Disqualified Carer Check prior to employing or engaging residential carers or approving foster carers, and ensure they are registered within 14 days.

Child protection

Information and support for Community Service Organisations that deal with child protection.

Family violence

Information and resources for service providers that handle family violence and sexual assault matters.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault direct support services for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault.

Youth services

Support and information for service providers responsible for providing services to assist young people between the ages of 10 and 18.

Youth justice

Find support, resources and other information relating to issues surrounding youth justice here.

Community service organisations

Committed to delivering high quality services for children and families. Supported by the department to meet quality requirements and promote continuous quality improvement.

Recognition awards

The department recognises awards and achievements in the children, youth and families sector.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response

A series of initiatives being implemented that will have an impact on the way organisations prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.

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