From 22 October 2018, the main law concerning the protection of children and young people in South Australia is set out in the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (SA) (the Act). See Reforms from 22 October.
The Act sets out the priorities in the operation of the Act. Protection of children and young people from harm is the paramount consideration in the administration, operation and enforcement of the 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 esteem
- 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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