'In moral danger' was an abbreviation in common use in government departments. It referred to one of the categories of a 'child in need of care and protection' under the Children's Welfare Act 1954. Section 16(j) of the Act provided that a child 'who is exposed to moral danger' could be admitted to the care of the department. 'In moral danger' remained as a reason for a child's admission into care under subsequent legislation, until 1978 and the passage of the Community Welfare Services Act. It was largely used for the committal of girls and young women.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 2 March 2011, Last modified: 7 December 2017