Steps to Speaking Up: Important things to know about the Child Protection system for parents in Victoria is a 40-page booklet which uses clear sections and headings and an easy to read layout to help parents with disability understand and navigate the child protection system in Victoria.
It includes a glossary (word list) of some commonly used terms that the legal system uses to describe things around child protection, as well as a list of important human rights conventions and laws.
It also contains an example support plan, a list of places to get support with common problems, and a page to help you write down the goals you want to acheive, and more – all broken down into 12 steps.
Download the 40-page PDF (419KB) for the details and the 12 steps:
- Understand child protection
- Have good things to speak about with child protection workers
- Meeting with child protection workers
- Identify the issues and concerns
- Find support
- Decide on your goals
- Make a plan to solve the issues and concerns
- Speak up for yourself and your family
- Get good evidence (proof) and information
- Understand the different Court systems
- Speak up if you don’t agree with decisions or evidence
- Learn about the Children’s Court