In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for the administration and operation of child protection services, governed by Legislative Acts. This resource sheet outlines the principal child protection Acts in each state and territory, as well as other Acts of Parliament pertinent to the operation and delivery of various services to children and families. Though legislation in each state and territory differed considerably in accordance with local needs, they possess similar guiding principles, including a 'best interest' principle, early intervention, participation of children and young people in decision-making, out-of-home care, culturally specific responses to Indigenous children, 'after care' support, and permanency planning and stability of care.
"Child Family Community Australia"
"This paper was updated by Deborah Scott"
Replaces the NCPC resource sheet of the same title, which was first produced in October 2009 by the National Child Protection Clearinghouse, and compiled by Alister Lamont.
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