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Reporting on How Children and Young People are Faring

Data collected via the Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System (VCAMS) are made accessible through a range of VCAMS products.

State of Victoria's children report

The State of Victoria’s children reports are produced annually and provide a comprehensive picture of how Victorian children, young people and their families are faring across the domains of health, safety, learning, development and wellbeing. They incorporate an ecological focus that recognises the importance of family and community on outcomes for children and young people and provide a solid evidence base for service planning and policy development.

For the report, see: State of Victoria's Children

Community Profile Series

The Community Profile series have been produced to provide local level information on the health, learning, safety, development and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people. These resources are published to equip communities with the information required to identify the needs of children and families within their local area, and to support policy makers and program planners in prioritising where action is needed to improve outcomes for children and young people.

For the reports, see: Community Profile Series

Refugee Status Report

The Refugee Status Report brings together a wide range of information to provide an overview of how refugee children and young people in Victoria are faring, focusing on children and young people who have entered Australia under the Humanitarian Program. 

For the report, see: Refugee Status Report

School Entrant Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) 

The Primary School Nursing Program (PSNP) is designed to identify children with potential health related learning difficulties and to respond to parent or carer concerns and observations about their child's health and well being. Parents or carer(s) complete the School Entrant Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) which is distributed during the first year of school. With parent or carer consent, follow up health assessments are conducted as required by the school nurse.

The data collected from the questionnaire enable a population view of parent or carer reported concerns about children as they enter school, capturing perceptions about the health and wellbeing of children in this age cohort. In addition, the data analysis provides government and service providers with valuable information on how well children are faring at the point of school entry, informing policy, planning and service delivery.

For information about the PNSP, see: Primary School Nursing Program

For the reports, see: School Entrant Health Questionnaire (SEHQ)

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)   

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population measure of how young children (5 years old) are developing in different communities across Australia as they enter school. The AEDC was rolled out nationally in 2009, and information was collected on 92.6% of five year olds in Victoria. The AEDC data, alongside other complementary data sets, are a powerful tool in helping determine community need and improving service and planning delivery for children and families. DEECD has developed a range of data products resources catering for different audiences to support planning and policy decisions and is committed to equipping Victorian communities to interpret and use data at a local level.

For more information and a range of local data resources, see: Australian Early Development Census