When the state is guardian: protecting the human rights of children in the care of the state.

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 21 October 2021


Online via Zoom


Liana Buchanan Commissioner for Children and Young People in Victoria


Celia Vuckovic

Join Dr Angie Bexley, Deputy Director of the Children’s Policy Centre, as she discusses the responsibilities the State has for children and young people in its care, and the importance of upholding their human rights, with Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People in Victoria. Liana Buchanan is the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People and also sits as a part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

Liana has a background in oversight and system reform for people experiencing disadvantage, and those affected by family and sexual violence. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, her roles included the Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres, where she lead the peak body for Victoria’s 50 community legal centres, and the Director, Office of Correctional Services Review, where she was responsible for monitoring Victoria’s corrections system. Liana has also held legal and policy positions with a social justice focus in a number of agencies including the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Office for the Status of Women and Women’s Legal Service (SA).

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