In South Australia the main law concerning the protection of children is set out in the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (SA) (the Act).
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 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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