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Agency:
Child Protection Board
Agency Number:
Start Date:
02 May 1991
End Date:
22 May 1998
Description:
In 1989 various reforms were adopted in response to the Tasmanian Taskforce on Child Sexual Assault. Amongst these changes was the restructuring of the Child Protection Assessment Board (CPAB) and its renaming as the Child Protection Board under the Child Protection Amendment Act 1990. The new Board's role was to focus less on assessment and more on policy, community education and professional education.

While the legislation received Royal Assent on 20th December 1990, CPAB continued to meet until May the following year.

With the changes in the new Board's role, a Child Protection Assessment Committee (CPAC) was convened by the Board to provide early intervention services and to initiate court action. CPAC was assisted by regional assessment committees based in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. These regional committees had also operated under the old CPAB.

A Child Protection and Domestic Violence Branch was established within the Department of Community Services to coordinate policy and program development. The Child Protection Unit which had carried out the fieldwork role of the old CPAB was now integrated within the new Child Protection Branch with offices in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. The Child Protection Unit and Crisis Intervention Unit provided specialist intervention and assessment services within the Branch.

A Commissioner for Children was appointed under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997. Under this Act the Commissioner was required to create a Children and Young Persons Consultative Council and Advisory Council. The Child Protection Board was repealed until the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Transitional and Savings Provisions) Act 1998 in May the following year.

Information Sources:
Child Protection Board annual report 1990-91
Legislation Administered:
Child Welfare Act 1960
Legislation Creating:
Child Protection Amendment Act 1990
Legislation Abolishing Agency:
Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Transitional and Savings Provisions) Act 1998;;
Previous Agencies:
Child Protection Assessment Board (TA1738)24 Jan 197502 May 1991