On this page:
- What are the child protection and family support systems responsible for?
- Examples of supports the child protection and family support systems should provide
- What are we responsible for when it comes to children in out-of-home care?
- Examples of supports we may fund for children in out-of-home care
- What are we responsible for when it comes to children who aren't in out-of-home care?
- Examples of supports we may fund for children who aren't in out-of-home care
- What about short breaks or respite for children in statutory home-based out-of-home care?
Child protection and family support services help keep children safe, and help families care for their children.
The child protection system means the state and territory governments who are responsible for child guardianship, child protection services, and other supports that keep children and families safe.
When we say family support, we mean the community services available to children and families.
When we say statutory home-based out-of-home care, this is where:
- a state or territory government determines a child can’t live in their family home
- the child now lives in a foster or kinship carer’s home
- the state or territory government pays for the expenses of caring for the child.