In South Australia the main law concerning the protection of children is set out in the Children's Protection Act 1993 (SA) (the Act) and the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (SA) (the CYPS Act).
Certain sections of the CYPS Act commenced on 26 February 2018. The remaining sections are due to commence in October 2018. Only the sections of the CYPS Act that have commenced are set out below. To the extent that the provisions of CYPS Act which have commenced deal with the same subject matter as the Act, those provisions are repealed. When the whole of the CYPS Act commences, the Act will be completely repealed.
The CYPS Act sets out the priorities in the operation of the CYPS Act. Protection of children and young people from harm is the paramount principle in the administration, operation and enforcement of child protection legislation [s 7].
Other considerations in relation to children and young people are [s 8]:
the need to be heard and have their views considered
the need for love and attachment
the need for self esteam
the need to achieve their full potential.
Where children and young people are at risk, early intervention is a priority [s 9].
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