The Vulnerable Children Project (VCP) is South Australia’s first multi-agency integrated data project. The project facilitates information sharing between agencies to provide frontline workers and strategic decision makers with a fuller picture of South Australia’s vulnerable children and their families.
The VCP helps the South Australian Government meet its commitments to recommendations in the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report, The Life They Deserve. It also pioneers a multi-agency approach to sharing data under the Public Sector (Data Sharing) Act 2016.
The project provides a near real-time dashboard to the Department for Child Protection’s Child Abuse Report Line to inform decision making at strategic and operational levels. The dashboard features integrated, securely shared data from across government.
The project also provides analytic and research support to the Early Intervention Research Directorate (EIRD).
The VCP builds the state government’s capacity to collaborate on complex issues and highlights the use of data as a public resource to improve child protection services, programs and policies.