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Children and young people have a right to be safe and protected at all times, including when accessing services in the community.
Child protection legislation in South Australia require certain organisations to provide a child safe environment. The types of organisations include:
To meet the obligations under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and the Children's Protection Act 1993, these organisations must have a child safe environments policy in place, meet working with children check obligations and lodge a child safe environments compliance statement.
On 1 July 2018, the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 commenced. The new legislation will replace parts of the Children’s Protection Act 1993. The new legislation has made some changes to the child safe environments obligations for organisations that provide services to children and young people in South Australia. For more information visit our legislative changes webpage.