Submissions

Swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing family violence offenders discussion paper

CASA Forum (2017)

We would like to make a general statement about there being two cohorts of offenders. serious matters and who will comply with any arrangements governing contact and their access to their ex partner. The second group are the high risk offenders for whom a different approach is required. These men require a problem solving Court framework, a tightening up of processes when they breach conditions of their intervention orders and an improved system for assessing risk.

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Proposed legislative model for Child Safety and Wellbeing Information Sharing

CASA Forum (2017)

The CASA Forum agrees with the legislative challenges identified as the current approach for sharing information is complex and confusing. This approach is focussed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Child Protection (CP) acquiring information. It can be difficult to obtain information from DHHS CP when it is required to assist in dealing with a family.

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Submission to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Issues Paper 10 - Advocacy and Support and Therapeutic Treatment Services

CASA Forum (2015)

Through an innovative model developed several years ago and being progressively rolled out across Victoria, collaborative arrangements between Victoria Police, local CASAs, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the DHHS Child Protection team ensure a coordinated response to recent assaults. This model has been formalised, funded and delivered at Multi Disciplinary Centres (MDCs) now operating successfully in a number of regions.

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Getting serious about change joint submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence

(2015)

This Joint Statement was prepared to inform the work of the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence, drawing on the significant research and practice expertise of the signatory organisations. It outlines the foundations that are necessary if we are to move beyond a small-scale, project-focused approach and begin the hard work of achieving measurable whole-of-population change.

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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Experiences of Police and Prosecution Responses

CASA Forum (2015)

We want the Police to be able to respond quickly within 48 hours. They need to listen carefully. They need to believe young people. They need to collect the evidence forensically. They need to investigate in a timely manner. Young people cannot, having disclosed, wait for months for an investigation to be finalised before they can talk about what happened to them.

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CASA Forum Submission to the Royal Commission for Family Violence

CASA Forum (2015)

This submission sets out the CASA Forum’s views and responses to the questions in the Royal Commission into Family Violence Issues Paper (31/3/2015)

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Joint letter to Geoff Shaw MP regarding the Protection of Children Bill 2014

(2014)

We are writing to urge you to consider supporting an amendment to the Crimes Amendment (Protection of Children) Bill 2014 (“the Bill”) that was introduced into Parliament on 26th March 2014.

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Towards a More Effective and Sustainable Community Services System Submission

CASA Forum (2013)

Sexual assault is always a crime. It is essential that any worker who has contact with victim/survivors has an understanding of not only the counselling and therapy to recover from trauma but the judicial system and the associated fields. This makes it different from many other areas that are part of the community services system.

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Failure to Protect Submission

CASA Forum (2012)

CASA Forum welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposed offences relating to child abuse, child sexual abuse and child death.

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Practical Lessons, Fair Consequences. Improving Diversion for Young People in Victoria

CASA Forum (2012)

We know from research that the earlier a young person becomes involved with the juvenile justice system the more likely they are to move onto a life of contact with the adult criminal justice system. It is therefore important that there are sufficient options available for young people when they get into trouble to assist them get their life back on track. Family support is the major factor that assists young people feel part of a community and that they have a role to play in that community.

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