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For parents and guardians

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:

  • make an application to the Court for the issue of a warrant
  • where there is an immediate and substantial risk to a child's well-being an officer will take the child into provisional protection and care.

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.

Legal help

It is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. You can contact:

When attending court, it is important that you:

  • advise the court in advance if you require an interpreter service so that arrangements can be made
  • make any necessary childcare arrangements before going to court.
  • arrive on time
  • dress neatly
  • address the magistrate as 'sir' 'ma'am' or 'your honour'
  • switch off your mobile phone while you’re in court
  • let the court and your lawyer know beforehand if you cannot attend a court appearance
  • always behave in a way that reflects the seriousness of the matter and the dignity of the court.

Last updated: 23-Jun-2014

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