Proposed changes to the care and protection of children and young people

11 August 2016

Currently, State care and protection ends on a young person’s 17th birthday. Raising this to end on their 18th birthday is one of the changes proposed in a bill being considered by the Social Services Committee.

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Other proposals in the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill would:

  • improve the participation of children and young people in decisions about their own lives
  • embed the views of children and young persons into policy and service development
  • support the set-up of independent advocacy services, with a particular focus on children and young people in care
  • allow a wider range of workers to perform a wider set of tasks to help vulnerable children and young people.

The Social Services Committee has finished hearing submissions and is now deciding whether to recommend any changes to the bill.

If passed, the bill would come into force on 31 March 2017.

Click here to read the full text of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill on the Legislation website.