Formal kinship and foster care arrangements are included in the Reportable Conduct Scheme when placed by either:
- Department of Health and Human Services
- an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation authorised under section 18 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic)
- the Children’s Court, or
- as a result of voluntary child care agreements.
The head of an organisation must notify the Commission for Children and Young People of allegations of reportable conduct within three business days.
Responsibility for notification of reportable conduct allegations made in relation to kinship carers is as follows:
- When a child has been placed in the care of an organisation or the child is supported in that care by the organisation, that organisation is required to notify the Commission of the alleged reportable conduct and investigate accordingly.
- Kinship carers will be deemed to be the employee of the department where the department is supervising the child with the carer, under the Children Youth and Families Act 2005. If the Kinship case is formally 'contracted' the head of entity (the 'contracted' agency) will be responsible for reporting and investigation.
The Commission must be updated of the progress of related investigation within 30 calendar days and provided with the findings of the investigation.
Reportable Conduct Scheme information sheets are available on the Commission for Children and Young People website at https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/resources/reportable-conduct-scheme-information-sheets/