201602.04
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Changes to legal aid eligibility

Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) has announced changes that it says will increase the amount of persons who are now eligible for aid.  People previously who missed out on legal aid based on their assets and income may now be eligible for a grant of legal assistance. This is an important step towards ensuring access to…

201602.02
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Changes to Children’s Court Orders

On the 9th September, 2014 the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 received Royal Assent. The 2014 Act makes significant changes to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic). The chnages come into effect on the 1st March 2016.  The changes to the law abolish a number of…

201601.29
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New Child protection laws

New laws that make it easier for children to be permanently removed from their parents risk creating a new stolen generation, warns forensic psychologist. The amendments to the legislation give the DoHHS more power. Many are concerned that such power could see another stolen generation of children. One of the main changes to the law…

201601.29
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Sex abuse by children against children – a growing problem

A child who has been removed from his parents care may be placed into residential care, if there are no home based placement options. The outcomes for children in residential care can be bleak due to the quality of care provided. This article is an example of the growing problem of sex abuse by children…