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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.
This page current as of
29 November 2021
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