The Protection and Care jurisdiction of the Children's Court is a civil jurisdiction. The action taken in this court is not called a 'charge' or 'complaint' but an application.
Under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 if an officer of the Department for Child Protection (DCP) believes your child is in need of protection, they can either:
Once the child is in provisional protection and care, DCP must apply for a Protection Order or return your child to you within two working days.
If you have been given an application for protection order from DCP, you are known as the respondent. The Child Protection Orders: Respondent's Kit (download below) is designed to help you respond to an order.
The Child Protection Proceedings brochure (download below) contains general information about the four types of protection orders and a glossary of common terms used in such proceedings.
It is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. You can contact:
When attending court, it is important that you:
Last updated: 23-Jun-2014
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