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The Victorian Governments Child Protection System is in Crisis.
Vulnerable children, who they are claiming to protect, are dying.

As described by a State Coroner while investigating the DHS management of a 16 year old girl who died in the care of the Victorian Child Protection system:
There does appear to be if not a void, then cracks into and through which vulnerable adolescents are falling with catastrophic results for them, their families and the community at large.

The Coroner also noted while investigating another death of a 15 year old girl in the care of the Victorian Child Protection system that a team leader within the Child Protection System was perplexed and probably frustrated by the enormous difficulties posed in trying to manage the unmanageable with the present legislative framework with finite resources.

Please help by signing this petition so that the Minister of Community Services, Sherryl Garbutt, will be forced to overhaul her Child Protection system. A system designed to protect children but one that in reality is failing children and their families.

Changes needed:

Long term containment in a therapeutic facility that is easily accessible for all children and meets their specific needs.
Children who refuse transportation by ambulance to hospital after a drug overdose. Ambulance and DHS need to design a policy so that if the child refuses transportation, ambulance officers can then ring DHS or DHS after hours service to register the childs name. DHS can then check their register to see if the child reported is one of their clients, if so DHS can then put into place the crisis management plan for that child to locate them.
Victoria needs a Childrens Commissioner. (Every other state in Australia has one except Victoria)
DHS need to work with Police to fast-track phone traces and warrants to locate children at extreme risk.
In high risk residential units staffing should be revised. Stand-up staff should replace the current Sleep-over staff. This way when a phone call or other emergency happens in the early hours of the morning, staff are already awake and alert prepared for that emergency!

The Coroner again states Ultimately the legislative framework in which the community provides protection to children at risk is a matter for the Government

So, it is time for change.
Make the Victorian Government Change the Adolescent Protection Policies to Protect the Adolescents

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