The Children and Young People Act 2008 (Act no.19/2008) repealed the Children and Young People Act 1999. The Act addressed the priority of responding early to concerns about children and young people and improving outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and 'therapeutic protection.' The Act was passed on 17 July 2008.
The Children and Young People Act 2008 addressed the priority of responding early to concerns about children and young people and improving outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and 'therapeutic protection.'
The Act incorporated much more comprehensive Juvenile Justice provisions requiring Juvenile Justice centres to comply with Human Rights legislation.
Provisions around 'emergency theraputic protection' were strengthened in regards to secure facilities designed to accommodate children and young people with severe emotional and behavioural problems.
The Act included significant care and protection reforms relating to prenatal care, drug use and domestic violence. It emphasised the need for more culturally specific care plans.
Out-of-home care standards were applied to all entities involved in out-of-home care. Greater attention was given to care leaving plans and access to personal information.
1935 - 1941 Juvenile Offenders (Detention) Ordinance 1935
1940 - 1958 Juvenile Offenders (Probation) Ordinance 1940
1941 - 1958 Juvenile Offenders Ordinance 1941
1941 - 1987 Child Welfare Agreement Ordinance 1941
1958 - 1988 Child Welfare Ordinance 1957
1987 - 2000 Children's Services Act 1986
1999 - 2009 Children and Young People Act 1999
2008 - Children and Young People Act 2008
Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Northern Territory Legislation', 1 February 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Lydia Connell and Christine Moje
Created: 15 December 2011, Last modified: 21 October 2014