(1) The Children's Court may make a care order in relation to a child or young person if it is satisfied that the child or young person is in need of care and protection for any reason including, without limitation, any of the following:(a) there is no parent available to care for the child or young person as a result of death or incapacity or for any other reason,(b) the parents acknowledge that they have serious difficulties in caring for the child or young person and, as a consequence, the child or young person is in need of care and protection,(c) the child or young person has been, or is likely to be, physically or sexually abused or ill-treated,(d) subject to subsection (2), the child's or young person's basic physical, psychological or educational needs are not being met, or are likely not to be met, by his or her parents or primary care-givers,(e) the child or young person is suffering or is likely to suffer serious developmental impairment or serious psychological harm as a consequence of the domestic environment in which he or she is living,(f) in the case of a child who is under the age of 14 years, the child has exhibited sexually abusive behaviours and an order of the Children's Court is necessary to ensure his or her access to, or attendance at, an appropriate therapeutic service,(g) the child or young person is subject to a care and protection order of another State or Territory that is not being complied with,(h) section 171 (1) applies in respect of the child or young person.
(1A) If the Children's Court makes a care order in relation to a reason not listed in subsection (1), the Court may only do so if the Secretary pleads the reason in the care application.
(2) The Children's Court cannot conclude that the basic needs of a child or young person are likely not to be met only because of:(a) a parent's or primary care-giver's disability, or(b) poverty.
(3) This section does not apply to or in respect of a contact order made under section 86 (1A) (b).
Note : The Children's Court cannot make a care order in circumstances to which section 75 (2) applies.