Thanks for your submissions on the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2016.
The Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2016 will replace the Children's Protection Act 1993. The Bill promotes permanence and stability for children and young people who have been removed from their parents or guardians. It encourages decisions and actions to be made in a timely manner and, in the case of young children, as early as possible.
The Bill also contains a number of provisions designed to ensure that the child’s voice is heard. Under the Bill, children and young people must participate in decision-making where appropriate, and must have a reasonable opportunity to put their views to the court.
A major change proposed by the Bill is that the guardianship function, currently undertaken by the Minister for Education and Child Development under the Children’s Protection Act 1993, will instead be undertaken by the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection. This will better align South Australia with other jurisdictions with respect to guardianship of children and young people in care.
The draft Bill was open for community and sector consultation, closing on Friday 27 January 2017.