Children's Court intervention in Victoria

An intervention order is heard in the Children's court when it is held that a child is not receiving safe care from parents or carers.

Children's Court intervention is necessary when a protective worker decides that parents or caregivers cannot care for a child safely. The child is placed on a Protection application and a magistrate of the Family Division of the Children's Court is required to make a decision about the child's circumstances.

The Family Division of the Children's Court is responsible for hearing Child protection matters. The Criminal Division deals with matters relating to criminal charges against children. Proceedings in the Family Division are less formal than other courts.

Effective court practice provides information for professionals who may be required to write court reports, appear before the Children's Court or who need to support children and young people going to court.