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Care & Protection

Care and Protection is the area of law that focuses on the safety of children and their protection from abuse and neglect.    It is important to note that this is not the same as Family Law and families involved in a Care and Protection matter may not be in a family dispute.

Governed by the Care and Protection Act (NSW), matters in this field arise when a family cannot provide adequate care and protection for their children and a government agency (such as the Department of Family and Community Services) becomes involved.

At Rafton Family Lawyers we have experience acting as an Independent Children’s Lawyer, for children who have been removed from their families.  We have also represented parents who need help having their children returned to them, and grandparents who wish to care for children that have been removed from their parents.

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These fact sheets are designed to provide an overview of the relevant issues and systems so that you have a better understanding of the process.