On 1 July 2014 the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) took over the community visitor program for children and young people in the child protection system from the Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG).
OPG community visitors (CVs) are there to help you if you are living in out-of-home care. They are independent, which means they are not from any government department or community organisation. They make sure that the concerns, views and wishes of children and young people are listened to and seriously considered.
A CV will:
Find out more about how OPG CVs can help you in our community visitor fact sheet
A CV can answer questions and find out things for you. They can help with:
CVs respect your privacy and take steps to ensure that the personal information you provide them is collected, stored, used and disclosed in ways that protect your privacy.
CVs are authorised to collect your personal information under the Public Guardian Act 2014.
A CV may use the information you provide them to advocate on your behalf, including passing information on to people who may be able to take action in relation to any concerns you raise.
If you disclose information about abuse or a threat to yourself or another child, a CV is legally required to pass that information on to relevant authorities, such as the police and child safety officers to ensure your safety and wellbeing.