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Relevant authorities

Both DHHS and Victoria Police have statutory responsibilities under the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 and Crimes Act 1958 requiring people to report suspected child abuse where they have formed a 'reasonable belief' or 'a belief on reasonable grounds' in relation to the protection of children.

  • DHHS Child Protectionis the lead agency responsible for the care and protection of children and may bring cases before the Children's Court and support orders granted by the Children's Court.
  • Victoria Police (SOCIT) is responsible for criminal investigations into alleged child abuse.
  • Child FIRST Referral and Support Teamsare family services practitioners experienced in assessing the needs of vulnerable children and their families. Child FIRST teams work closely with community-based DHHS Child Protection workers.
  • Quality Assessment and Regulation Division regulates education and care services and is responsible for ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of children in Early Childhood Services.

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