Child rescue is a term that has been used to describe the beginnings of the child protection movement in the United Kingdom and United States in the 1870s and 1880s. At that time moves were made by charitable organisations and individuals to protect children from abuse and neglect. This movement influenced the eventual development of the first Children's Protection Act in South Australia in 1899. This legislation also applied to the Northern Territory while it was under the control of the South Australian Government.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 8 November 2011, Last modified: 26 February 2015