In response to the consultation paper released by Nous Group about a proposed new legislative model for information sharing about child safety and wellbeing, YACVic argues the need for greater clarity about the scope and intent of such work, and for clear, shared understandings of the key concepts. The guiding principles of any such work should be grounded in young people’s human rights, best interests and developing independence.

We argue that when it comes to effective, appropriate use of information about vulnerable young people, some of the biggest challenges are not necessarily legislative, but rather departmental, organisational and cultural. Targeted support is needed for professionals, including in ethical and participatory practice with young people.