|Title:||Child Protection - Children and Community Services Act 2004|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 2102/06|
|Date of issue:||Monday, 18 September 2006|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||This Circular is to be used by public hospital / health service and Departmental staff dealing with child welfare and protection issues.|
|Applicable to:||The Department of Health and all hospitals / health services within WA.|
|Period of effect:||from 18 September 2006|
|Authorised by:||Dr Neale Fong, Director General, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 18-Sep-2006|
|Print version:||View print version|
Child Protection - Children and Community Services Act 2004
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (“CCSA”) came into operation on 1 March 2006. The CCSA replaces the Child Welfare Act 1947, Community Services Act 1972 and the Welfare and Assistance Act 1961.
The Department for Community Development is responsible for the administration of the CCSA and for the protection of children at risk of harm and neglect in this State.
This document has been prepared for WA Health and WA Health officers responsible for or involved with child welfare and protection issues. Its purpose is to outline some of the key provisions and implications of the CCSA in child protection cases and the legal obligations that arise in such matters.
This document is not intended to be, nor should it be relied upon as, a substitute for legal or other professional advice. WA Health officers who are unsure of applicable legal obligations, should request legal advice tailored to the individual circumstances from Legal & Legislative Services. Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital may alternatively seek legal advice from the State Solicitor’s Office.
Dr Neale Fong
This circular last updated: Thursday, 21 September 2006 at 3:26pm