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Why is Child Safety Services involved with my family?
Child Safety Services becomes involved with your family if they are concerned about your safety or whether someone is looking after you properly.
Child Safety is part of a government department called the Department of Communities. You may have heard it called another name like ‘DOCS’, ‘the department’ or ‘child safety’.
If Child Safety is involved in your life, you might still live at home, or with a carer, or in care.
The law says children and young people need to be safe where they live. If Child Safety is concerned about your safety and wellbeing, they can ask the Childrens Court to make an order (decision) for them to check out your situation, or for you to be placed in care.
Going to court doesn’t mean anyone is in trouble. The court’s role is to hear the facts about your situation and then make a decision about how to take care of you and keep you safe. Because the decision affects you, you can have a say about it (if you want to).
Child protection law aims to:
The court will make its decision by looking at:
This resource has been developed as part of the Childrens Court Participation Project. It is intended to be used with children and young people aged 10 to 17 years by child safety officers, lawyers and youth workers.