Key points of the proposed Bill

The new, proposed Bill would put an emphasis on early intervention and prevention to promote the health, development and wellbeing of children and young people, their families and communities across South Australia.

To achieve this outcome, the proposed Bill will need to:

  • define key terms such as early intervention, prevention, rights, development, and wellbeing
  • contain objects that identify what the legislation could achieve, and principles that support how we will achieve it
  • recognise the importance of strengthening families and communities in the care, nurture and development of children and young people
  • promote the importance of early intervention and prevention services to support the development and wellbeing of South Australian children, young people and their families
  • emphasise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people and their families and communities, and recognise the serious and widespread barriers they face in relation to development and wellbeing
  • highlight opportunities for the government and non-government sectors to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of all South Australians
  • outline the responsibilities of the minister to support the development and wellbeing of children and young people
  • provide some practical mechanisms to support the minister in this work, including:
    • a Whole of State Strategy for Children, Young People and their Families
    • the engagement of the Child Development Council
    • opportunities for consultation with communities, and children and young people.

The Department for Education and Child Development has begun to develop the fundamental components of a new Bill, and we want your feedback. To learn more, view the:

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