Children, Youth and Families Legislation Fact Sheet

A Framework to Promote Children’s Safety, Wellbeing and Development

This fact sheet provides a global overview of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (CYFA), and will be followed by others that will be topic-focused providing greater detail of both the specific provisions and operation issues to consider.

Importantly the directions in the Act apply equally to community service organisations (CSOs) providing family services and out-of-home care placement services as well Child Protection and the courts. The provisions for stability planning and best interests principles must be considered and applied from the moment services are approached to provide assistance to vulnerable families through to any involvement Child Protection may have. The new legislation is a key building block to support the reform strategy to promote children’s safety, wellbeing and development.

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