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Children and Community Services Act 2004 (2004 - )

  • Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA)

    Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA)
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The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (Act no.2004/034) is the principal legislation governing the care and protection of children in Western Australia. It is administered by the government department responsible for the welfare of children. In 2014, this was the Department for Child Protection and Family Support. The purpose outlined in the Act is broad. It seeks to promote the wellbeing of children, other individuals, families and communities and to acknowledge the primary role of parents, families and communities in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children. The Act aims to encourage and support parents, families and communities in carrying out that role. It provides for the protection and care of children in circumstances where their parents have not given, or are unlikely or unable to give, that protection and care. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 repealed the Child Welfare Act 1947, and the Community Services Act 1972.

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The purpose of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 is to promote the wellbeing of children, other individuals, families and communities and to acknowledge the primary role of parents, families and communities in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children. The Act aims to encourage and support parents, families and communities in carrying out that role. It provides for the protection and care of children in circumstances where their parents have not given, or are unlikely or unable to give, that protection and care. The Act also aims to protect children from exploitation in employment. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 also repeals: the Child Welfare Act 1947; the Community Services Act 1972; the Welfare and Assistance Act 1961; to amend certain Acts and to provide for related matters.

This Act governs the operations of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Western Australia. The Ddepartment's website explains what this Act does:

The Children and Community Services Act 2004, which came into operation on 1 March 2006, is the main legislation that governs the Department's three service areas:
  • Supporting children and young people in the Chief Executive Officer's care.
  • Protecting children and young people from abuse.
  • Supporting individuals and families at risk or in crisis.
The objects of the Act are:
  • to promote the wellbeing of children, individuals, families and communities;
  • to acknowledge the primary role of parents, families and communities in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children;
  • to encourage and support parents, families and communities in carrying out that role;
  • to provide for the protection and care of children in circumstances where their parents have not given, or are unlikely or unable to give, that protection and care; and
  • to protect children from exploitation in employment.

Timeline

 1874 - 1893 Industrial Schools Act 1874
       1893 - 1907 Industrial and Reformatory Schools Act 1893
             1907 - 1948 State Children Act 1907
                   1948 - 2006 Child Welfare Act 1947
                   1972 - 2006 Community Welfare Act 1972
                         2004 - Children and Community Services Act 2004

Related Glossary Terms

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles (1985 - )

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles are outlined in Division 3 of the Children and Community Services Act 2004.

  • Care and Protection (1976 - )
  • Child Abuse

    The Children and Community Services Act 2004 defines various forms of child abuse in terms of the Department's responsibilities for care and protection, and outlines responses such as reporting requirements.

  • Licensing (1898 - )

    Divisions 2-3 of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 states the role of the Department in the placement of children in care in licensed facilities or with licensed people.

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Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA)
Title
Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA)
Type
Document
Date
2004

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Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Western Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser