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Child protection

Changes to the law and other initiatives aim to better protect children, and to help those who have experienced child sexual abuse.


Current child protection Bills

View the Bills related to protecting children and young people, which are currently before Parliament or have recently passed Parliament.

Bullying advisory roundtable
An advisory roundtable on bullying of children and young people in South Australian schools was convened to consider whether existing criminal laws were sufficient to address bullying and whether other legislative reform options should be explored. 

The roundtable’s recommendations have now been provided to government and released publicly.

Working with children checks

New stronger, nationally consistent screening laws for people wanting to work or volunteer with children in South Australia are set to come into effect from July 1 2019.

 Businesses can continue with their current screening practices until the new legislation commences.

National Redress Scheme

The Government of South Australia is now formally participating in the National Redress Scheme, which acknowledges and supports people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made 189 recommendations for change.

The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission

The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission was established in 2014 to investigate the child protection system in South Australia.