The Child Welfare Act 1947 governed out of home care in Western Australia from January 1948. It repealed the State Children Act 1907 and all its amendments, including the State Children Act Amendment Act 1919, the State Children Act Amendment Act 1927 and the Child Welfare Act Amendment Act 1941. The purpose of the 1947 Act was not dissimilar from the legislation's origins in 1907: 'to consolidate and amend the law relating to the making of better provision for the protection, control, maintenance and reformation of neglected and destitute children, and for other purposes connected therewith.'
Although the Act was amended many times during the 1950s and 1960s, it was not greatly changed until the Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 was implemented with a number of modernisations.
The Child Welfare Act 1947 was eventually repealed by the Children and Community Services Act 2004.
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30 November 2021
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