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Victoria Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge

Extension Granted For Vulnerable Children Inquiry

Victor P Taffa

Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge today announced that, at the Inquiry panel’s request, the reporting date for the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry has been extended to 27 January 2012.

The inquiry was launched by Premier Ted Baillieu on 31 January 2011 to comprehensively investigate systemic problems in Victoria’s child protection system and make recommendations to strengthen and improve protection and support.

The inquiry panel, chaired by the Hon. Philip Cummins together with Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott OAM and Mr. Bill Scales AO, has now conducted:

  • 18 public sittings throughout Victoria (including regional areas), involving more than 130 presentations, 200 speakers and more than 900 pages of transcript
  • Multiple consultations with Victoria’s child protection workforce and community service organisations, children and young people, Aboriginal and other culturally and linguistically diverse organisations
  • Three workshops with the Inquiry Reference Group
  • About 100 other meetings and visits, including the Children’s Court, public sector agencies, independent experts and non-government service providers

The inquiry has also received more than 200 written submissions and 80 supplementary submissions.

“The revised reporting date reflects the overwhelming response of the community services sector to the opportunity for reform posed by this inquiry.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“Given the extent and amount of input through the consultation phase, I am happy to allow the panel additional time for proper and full consideration of the issues and development of their recommendations.”

The report will be tabled when Parliament resumes in February 2012.

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