Children Act 2004Legislation

The Children Act 2004 amended the Children Act 1989, largely in consequence of the Victoria ClimbiƩ inquiry.

The Act identifies and places a responsibility on child practitioners to work together to help a child meet the following five priority outcomes:

  • Be healthy.

  • Stay safe.

  • Enjoy and achieve.

  • Make a positive contribution.

  • Achieve economic wellbeing.

The Act also made changes to laws that pertain to children, notably on foster homes, adoption agencies, babysitting services, and the handling of child-related crimes and crimes against children (unless it is the local authorities committing the crimes).

View the full Children Act 2004