Report of the protecting Victoria's vulnerable children inquiry

1 March 2012

This inquiry investigated systemic problems in Victoria's child protection system and, in this report, has now made recommendations to strengthen and improve the protection and support of vulnerable young Victorians.

The Panel delivered the Report to the Minister for Community Services on 27January 2012. The Report was tabled by the Minister for Community Services in Parliament on 28 February 2012.

The Report is now available to the public.

It is split into three Volumes.

  • Volume 1 includes the Executive summary and Lists of recommendations, findings and matters for attention as well as an Implementation plan.
  • Volume 2 comprises eight parts and contains 23 chapters. For ease of downloading, this Volume has been divided into sections.
  • Volume 3 is composed mostly of the appendices. See below for more information on the contents of the Report.


Volume 1:

The entire Volume 1 can be downloaded here (PDF, 2.55MB).

  • Terms of Reference
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Executive summary
  • List of recommendations
  • List of findings and matters for attention
  • Implementation plan


Volume 2:

Click on the links below to download the individual parts or chapters of the Report.

Part 1 – The impact of abuse and neglect (PDF, 1.28MB)


Part 2 – Victoria’s current system and performance (PDF, 1.54MB)


Part 3 – The policy framework (PDF, 657KB)


Part 4 – Major protective system elements (PDF, 5.81MB)


Part 5: The law and the courts (PDF, 1.65MB)


Part 6: System supporting capacities (PDF, 1.44MB)


Part 7: System governance (PDF, 789KB)


Part 8: Implementation and conclusion (PDF, 767KB)


Volume 3:

The entire Volume 3 can be downloaded here (PDF, 1.28MB).

  • Appendices
  • Abbreviations
  • References


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Bill Scales, Dorothy Scott, Philip Cummins, 2012, Report of the protecting Victoria's vulnerable children inquiry, Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria), viewed 28 March 2015, <>.

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