Children and Community Services Act 2004 Review
The Minister for Child Protection, the Hon Robyn McSweeney MLC, is required to carry-out a review of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 this year, including a review of the mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse provisions which came into effect on 1 January 2009. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 came into effect on 1 January 2006, replacing child welfare laws in Western Australian that were over fifty years old. The Department for Child Protection is the Agency principally assisting the Minister in administration of the Act.
A Legislative Review Reference Committee will assist the Department for Child Protection to carry out the review. The Committee will include a representative from the Western Australia Council of Social Services, Department of Health, Department of Education, Western Australia Police and the Public Sector Commission and will be chaired by the Department’s Executive Director Policy and Learning.
The objects of the Act are:
(a) to promote the wellbeing of children, other individuals, families and communities; and
(b) to acknowledge the primary role of parents, families and communities in safeguarding
and promoting the wellbeing of children; and
(c) to encourage and support parents, families and communities in carrying out that role; and
(d) to provide for the protection and care of children in circumstances where their parents
have not given, or are unlikely or unable to give, that protection and care; and
(e) to protect children from exploitation in employment (section 6).
Terms of Reference
The review will examine the operation and effectiveness of the Act, with particular reference to:
- the objects of the Act set-out under section 6 (see above); and
- the mandatory reporting provisions under Part 4 Division 9A.
A copy of the Act can be downloaded from the State Law Publisher by visiting http://www.slp.wa.gov.au.
Submissions to the review
Interested individuals and government and community sector organisations are invited to make a written submission to the review. Submissions should address the all or part of the terms of reference of the review. The closing date for submissions is 29 June 2012.
The preferred method for lodging submissions is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, submissions can be made by fax or post using the following address:
CCS Act Legislative Review
Legal Services and Legislation
Department for Child Protection
PO Box 6334
EAST PERTH WA 6892
(08) 9222 2509
Submission cover sheet - All submissions should be lodged with an accompanying cover sheet which can be downloaded here. If making an electronic submission, please download and save the cover sheet, and attach it to your email along with your submission.
Confidentiality - Please note that submissions received may be quoted from in the report, or published as an addendum to the report. If you wish to make a confidential submission, you should make this clear at the time of lodgment by completing section 2 of the submission cover sheet.
Please be aware that consultation records and submissions to the review will be held by the Department for Child Protection subject to the State Records Act 2000 and may be released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1992 if subject to an application under that Act.
A final report of the review will be laid before each House of Parliament by the end of the year.