What does a child protection agency do?
Child Protection Agencies provide for the safety and well-being of children in NSW and ACT. The agencies talk with families, make judgements about whether a child is safe and well and whether a parent is a fit parent.
If the Child Protection Agency believes a child is not safe, or may not be safe into the future, they create a Care Application, which seeks the removal of a child.
Care applications can be brought before the Children’s Court for children under the age of 16. Orders can be made until a child is 18 years of age.