South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Abuse and harm - legal and practice definitions

For Workers

Tags: Child Abuse, Legal Information

Author: Department of Human Services

This Advice provides information for Child Protection practitioners on the legal and practice definitions associated with 'children in need of protection' due to harm from abuse or neglect, and includes a definition of 'significant harm'.

Whilst the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (CYFA) clearly prescribes the elements which constitute a child 'in need of protection', an operational understanding of the actions or omissions (failure to act) which constitute the four abuse types is essential for effective practice.

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