The Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health & Human Services (The Department) is a part of the Government of Victoria. They are responsible for delivering policies, programs and services that contribute to the health and well-being of Victorians.

One role of the Department is to deliver the Child Protection Service. The main functions of Child Protection include the following:

  • Investigate matters where it is alleged that a child is at risk of harm
  • Refer children and families to services that support families to keep their children safe and promote their wellbeing
  • Take matters before the Children's Court if the child's safety is at risk with their family
  • Supervise children on legal orders granted by the Children's Court - read more about orders
  • Provide and fund accommodation, support and out-of-home care services for children and young people.

Below is a flow diagram which illustrates the work that they do and the processes that they follow:

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