The Child Protection Board succeeded the Child Protection Assessment Board in 1991. It was more concerned with policy, community and professional education than the old Board had been. Following the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act (1997) the government abolished the Child Protection Board in 1998.
The new name reflected the changed role for the Child Protection Board recommended by the Tasmanian Task Force Report on Sexual Abuse in November 1989. The Board's work now focused more strongly on coordinating and developing policy, community education, professional training, and planning services. Its members included representatives of the Department of Community Services, Police and Emergency Services, the Office of the Status of Women, the Department of Health, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Department of Education. It established a Child Protection Assessment Committee, made up of specialists such as a psychologist, social worker or paediatrician, to carry out assessments, early interventions, and to begin court actions. The Board also had committees for professional and community education.
The government established a Child Protection and Domestic Violence Branch within the Department of Community Services which had offices in Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie. The Child Protection Board was located within that.
1975 - 1991 Child Protection Assessment Board
1991 - 1998 Child Protection Board
Sources used to compile this entry: Tasmanian Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse: a report to the Minister for Community Services, November 1989; Department of Community Services: Annual Report 1989-90, 1990.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 15 December 2011, Last modified: 30 July 2013