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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS (CARE AND PROTECTION) ACT 1998 - SECT 23

Child or young person at risk of significant harm

23 Child or young person at risk of significant harm

(1) For the purposes of this Part and Part 3, a child or young person is
"at risk of significant harm" if current concerns exist for the safety, welfare or well-being of the child or young person because of the presence, to a significant extent, of any one or more of the following circumstances:
(a) the child's or young person's basic physical or psychological needs are not being met or are at risk of not being met,
(b) the parents or other caregivers have not arranged and are unable or unwilling to arrange for the child or young person to receive necessary medical care,
(b1) in the case of a child or young person who is required to attend school in accordance with the Education Act 1990 --the parents or other caregivers have not arranged and are unable or unwilling to arrange for the child or young person to receive an education in accordance with that Act,
(c) the child or young person has been, or is at risk of being, physically or sexually abused or ill-treated,
(d) the child or young person is living in a household where there have been incidents of domestic violence and, as a consequence, the child or young person is at risk of serious physical or psychological harm,
(e) a parent or other caregiver has behaved in such a way towards the child or young person that the child or young person has suffered or is at risk of suffering serious psychological harm,
(f) the child was the subject of a pre-natal report under section 25 and the birth mother of the child did not engage successfully with support services to eliminate, or minimise to the lowest level reasonably practical, the risk factors that gave rise to the report.
Note : Physical or sexual abuse may include an assault and can exist despite the fact that consent has been given.
(2) Any such circumstances may relate to a single act or omission or to a series of acts or omissions.
Note : See also sections 154 (2) (a) and 156A (3) for other circumstances in which a child or young person is taken to be at risk of significant harm.



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