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Member for Goulburn and Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has welcomed the release of a discussion paper – Shaping a Better Child Protection System – that examines how adoptions and Children’s Court proceedings could be streamlined to ensure more children are quickly given permanency and a safe and loving home for life.

In the paper, the Government outlines proposed amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) and the Adoption Act 2000 (NSW).

Ms Goward said the amendments were being considered to Build on reform underway and strengthen legislation that promotes permanency through preservation, restoration and open adoption.

“We want an adoption and child protection system that firmly places the child at the centre of everything we do,” Ms Goward said.

“I urge everyone in the electorate to have their say on this discussion paper,” Ms Goward said.

“I hope the proposals will generate thoughtful discussion on reform that is so critically important to NSW, and that is the safety and wellbeing of our most vulnerable children,” Ms Goward said.

How to have your say on the Shaping a Better Child Protection System discussion paper

Online: Follow the link on the Have Your Say website to the online submission form

Subject: ‘Shaping a Better Child Protection System’

Mail: Shaping a Better Child Protection System,
Commissioning Division Department of Family and Community Services
4-6 Cavill Avenue, Ashfield NSW 2131

Have your say by 5pm on 30 November 2017.


Goulburn Electorate Office
(02) 4822 6444

Ministerial Office
(02) 8574 5907

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