1. Visiting children and young people in visitable locations
Community Visitors are assigned to undertake regular and frequent visits to children and young people identified in Section 86 of the Act who are residing in visitable locations and known to the Community Visitor Program.
2. Visiting schedules
Depending on the needs of the child and the type of placement in which he or she is living, the visiting schedules which can be implemented are:
2.1 Initial monthly visiting schedule
A monthly visiting schedule will be implemented for all children and young people following their initial placement in a visitable location. Six executed visits must be conducted with the corresponding reports submitted.
If, for exceptional reasons, the six executed visits have not taken place within six months, a monthly schedule will continue for a maximum period of nine months, by which time a Community Visitor must complete six visits and reports.
2.2 Ongoing monthly visits
Following the completion of the initial monthly visiting schedule, the implementation of varying visiting schedules will be structured around a risk management approach.
As such, children and young people residing in the following visitable sites will continue to be visited monthly by a Community Visitor:
All other children and young people known to and within the jurisdiction of Chapter 5 of the Act are visited on a visiting schedule determined by the Zonal Manager in accordance with the guidelines contained in this policy.
Refer to point 6 for guidance regarding the frequency of visiting young people in youth detention centres and point 7 for visiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
3. Determining a visiting schedule after six visits
When determining the most appropriate visiting schedule, the Zonal Manager must consider the criteria for each schedule and determine from this the frequency of visits which will best suit the needs of each child.
3.1 Monthly visiting schedule
A monthly visiting schedule is maintained for:
This includes any serious or significant service delivery issues that are raised by the Department, for example, Matters of Concern relating directly to the visitable child’s safety and/or care circumstances.
3.2 Bi-monthly visiting schedule
A bi-monthly visiting schedule will be implemented if the following criteria are met:
3.3 Adjusting visiting schedules at the request of a child or young person
Quarterly visits can be implemented should a child or young person directly request a decreased visiting schedule
Last Updated: March 20, 2012