This chapter covers the law relating to the care and protection of children and young people. It has information about:
Child – a boy or girl under the age of 14
Young person – a boy or girl who’s aged 14, 15 or 16 – but this doesn’t include anyone of that age who is, or has been, married or in a civil union.
Social worker – a state-sector employee employed as a social worker.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and some related amendment Acts have introduced a number of broad new measures over 2014 – 2016:
Parents with new children who’ve had children removed in the past – From July 2016, new restrictions apply to parents who’ve had a child permanently removed from them or who have killed a child in their care. They aren’t allowed to parent any further children unless they satisfy Child, Youth and Family and the Family Court that these new children will be safe with them. (See “Care and protection declarations and orders by the Family Court / Parents with new children who’ve had children removed in the past“.)