I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move —
That this House —
(1) notes the systemic issues within Victorian child protection services and, more broadly, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) identified in the Commission for Children and Young People’s October 2019 Report, Lost, not forgotten: Inquiry into children who died by suicide and were known to Child Protection;
(2) recognises the findings in that report that there is currently “a lack of child-focussed practice” and initiatives that allow children to be heard in circumstances surrounding violent and sexual abuse;
(3) acknowledges the need for early intervention strategies involving child maternal health to be prioritised in addressing the requirements of vulnerable families;
(4) calls on the Government to —
(a) urgently review systemic failures within child protection, across all phases from intake to the closure of cases;
(b) increase transparency in DHHS’ public reporting of child protection issues, including the outcomes of public programs and initiatives; and
(c) significantly increase its investment in early intervention, particularly through improved assessments and other resourcing in child maternal health, in order to help eradicate exposure to violence and the abuse of children.