Shaping a Better Child Protection System
The NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children and their families with better laws, policies, systems and practices
The NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children and their families with better laws, policies, systems and practices.
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has released a discussion paper, Shaping a Better Child Protection System, which proposes a range of amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (The Care Act) and the Adoption Act 2000, intended to help shape a better child protection system.
The discussion paper considers:
- assigning response time-frames to help improve child protection services
- encouraging the use of shorter term court orders to promote permanency planning for children and young people
- working to keep families together by mandating Alternative Dispute Resolution before court and increasing diversion to preservation services
- streamlining and simplifying adoption processes and Children’s Court proceedings to achieve permanency for children and young people sooner.