In this section
The Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical
Service (VFPMS) operates as a Centre of Excellence for Child Abuse and
Forensic Paediatric Medicine. This means
that the service
Please see our COVID-19 Changes to VFPMS Services here
structure is a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with a Melbourne-based ‘hub’ at two sites
– the Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s Hospitals – and ‘spokes’ in
regional Victoria at the major hospitals and health services. The Royal
Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, governs the VFPMS and provides administrative
The VFPMS has
state-wide responsibilities in relation to forensic medical assessments and
care for abused, assaulted and neglected children (i.e. individuals aged less
than 18 years).
We aim to be
efficient and effective while avoiding duplication in the delivery of Health
services. We provide safe, high quality medical care as close as possible to
the child’s residence, mindful of the need for forensic expertise in evaluating
complex situations and multiple injuries.
collaboratively with Victoria Police and Child Protection.
medico-legal reports and testify in court in relation to matters involving the
Child Protection system and the Criminal Justice system.
early consultation with the VFPMS when concerns arise regarding child
maltreatment. Early conversations regarding concerns about child maltreatment may
minimise later complications and reduce angst experienced by abused or
neglected children, their family members and the professionals who care for
Services provided at
The Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Children's Hospital can be arranged by
calling 1300 66 11 42.
Health and other professionals seeking guidance regarding the forensic investigation process are encouraged to consult the VFPMS guidelines.
The VFPMS provides paediatric medical care for children and young people when child abuse, assault and neglect is suspected. The children's safety, health and wellbeing are paramount. The service functions to assist the children, their families, Child Protection, Victoria Police and the Courts.
VFPMS team members must adhere to workplace policies and procedures at all times. All data collection and data entry must be completed promptly and accurately.