Healthcare That Count: A framework for improving care for vulnerable children in Victorian health services (2017)
All Victorian health services play a vital role in the early identification and effective response to vulnerable children at risk of child abuse and neglect. The Healthcare that counts framework supports all health services including hospitals, community health services, alcohol and drug services, mental health and dental services to identify and respond to vulnerability by embedding organisational governance, systems and structures focussed on vulnerable children and families.
The framework aligns with and supports the implementation of mandatory Child Safe Standards and supports the Victorian government's reform direction to deliver effective and integrated services to vulnerable children and families at risk of or experiencing child abuse, neglect, family violence and other forms of social disadvantage. This framework replaces the previous 2006 framework for acute health services and has been broadened to include all parts of the health sector to reflect the shared responsibility across the service system for protecting and promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of children.