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:
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21 February 2022
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00394
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