Department for Child Protection (Western Australia)
|Formed||1 July 2007|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Western Australia|
Department for Child Protection is part of the Government of Western Australia.
It was created in response to a critical review of the Department of Community Development in January 2007. At the time of its establishment, the government also mandated reporting of child sexual abuse.
The Department administers Acts and Regulations which include the following :
- Adoption Act 1994
- Adoption Regulations 1995
- Children and Community Services Act 2004
- Children and Community Services Regulations 2006
- Parental Support and Responsibility Act 2008
- Parental Support and Responsibility Regulations 2009
- Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004
- Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Regulations 2005.
The legislation that governs the Department’s three service areas:
- Supporting children and young people in the Chief Executive Officer’s care.
- Protecting children and young people from abuse.
- Supporting individuals and families at risk or in crisis.
The Department also has the capacity for information sharing where it benefits child protection 
- 1908 - 1917 Public Charities and State Children's Department
- 1917 - 1927 State Children's Department
- 1927 - 1972 Child Welfare Department
- 1972 - 1985 Department for Community Welfare
- 1985 - 1992 Department for Community Services
- 1992 - 1995 Department for Community Development
- 1995 - 2001 Department for Family and Children's Services
- 2001 - 2007 Department for Community Development
- Western Australia. Dept. for Child Protection (2009), Working together for a better future for at risk children and families : a guide on information sharing for government and non-government agencies, Department for Child Protection, ISBN 978-0-9806964-0-0
- see http://aeon.sro.wa.gov.au/Investigator/Details/Agency_Detail.asp?Id=1504
- http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx - the Departments main website