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Courts involving children and young people

When it is not safe for a child or young person to remain with their family, a court order may be necessary to provide a safe, stable and nurturing home.

Other orders

Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)

An AVO might be needed for a child when there has been physical and/or psychological abuse, but where it has not been necessary to remove the child or young person as there is an appropriate safety plan.

An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) is the type of AVO made where the people involved are related, living together or in an intimate relationship, or have previously been in this situation. In the case of an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander, ADVOs can also be made where the people involved are part of the kin or extended family of the other person.

If a parent has, or is, experiencing violence, support them to apply for an ADVO if this is an action they have chosen. When the protected person of an AVO is a parent or carer, the child or young person in their care can be included on the order.

For further information see Apprehended Violence Orders.

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Last updated: 03 May 2021