Stronger child protection laws pass Parliament
New laws underpinning South Australia’s child protection system passed Parliament last night, improving safeguards for some of the State’s most vulnerable people.
The laws will replace the current Children’s Protection Act and reflect the Government’s response to the Nyland Royal Commission recommendations, which required law reform.
Importantly, they enshrine in law that the paramount consideration is that children and young people are protected from harm. The laws also give a greater voice to children and young people under guardianship in the decisions that affect their lives, and greater rights to carers of those children and young people.
Under the new laws, Department for Child Protection Chief Executive Cathy Taylor will assume guardianship of the state’s most vulnerable children - bringing South Australia into line with every other state in Australia.