The Child Protection Act.
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The Child Protection Act The child protection act is a legislation which was put in place to protect child from harm. So far in society it has worked well to protect children from many forms of violence but it has been discussed that there are many inadequacies and that it is in need of reform. This assignment will state what the protection order is and what it does, the problems arising with it and what changes can be made to improve it. The old Legislation The Child protection bill of 1998 is a legislation which states that a child is in need of protection if s/he is suffering harm, is at unacceptable risk of suffering harm and does not have a parent willing and able to protect them from harm. This includes situations where the child is at risk from his parents, from others inside the house where he lives, from others outside the house where he lives and from themself.
As the name implies, the protection order is put in place to protect children although there are many problems arising with the current protection order. Problems with the Child Protection Act The current laws of the Child Protection Act today seem to be working fine. A survey was conducted with ten Males and ten Females answering questions to do with child abuse and child protection. The results from the survey showed that 80% of the public believed that the current laws relating to child protection were adequate. 15% were unsure and 5% said no. However 95% of those questioned agreed that although the law was fine, there were not enough Family Services members available to deal with all of the cases, and this is where the problems with the Child Protection Act lie. A recent poll shoed that in Queensland the average rate of cases to officers available ranged from a minimum of 32 cases per officer in Pine Rivers to a maximum of 100 cases per officer in Innisfail (Courier Mail 23/03/2000).
The Government needs to increase its funding on Family services affairs and Family and Youth Services area officers in order to protect all children from harm. The situation where one officer had to deal with 100 cases should not have happened and should the government not commission adequate funding, this severe act of neglect will be allowed o continue if not worsen. The Child Protection Act is a well written piece of legislation which details how children who are suffering abuse should be protected. The problem with the Child Protection Act is not in the way that it was written but in the way that it is executed. With non adequate funding there are not enough Family services officers to hep all of the children in need of protection. It is the public's opinion that children deserve to be protected and that more funding should be put in place to make sure they are. If the government doesn't provide funding, it is they who are causing the children harm in the way of neglect.
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