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1.1.A.110 At risk (ACCS (child wellbeing))

Definition

A child is taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect if the child is at risk of suffering harm as a result of being subject to, or exposed to, one or more of the following events:

  • serious physical, emotional or psychological abuse,
  • sexual abuse,
  • domestic or family violence (1.1.F.15),
  • neglect.

A child is at risk if:

  • the child is currently experiencing one or more of the events set out above, or
  • the risk of the child experiencing one or more of the events in the future is real and apparent.

A child may be taken to be at risk of suffering harm in relation to an event mentioned above even if the event occurred in the past.

A child is also taken to be at risk of serious abuse or neglect where the child is in need of care and protection under relevant state or territory law.

Act reference: CCSMinRules Part 2 Division 2 When children are at risk of serious abuse or neglect for ACCS (child wellbeing)

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.8.1.10 ACCS (child wellbeing) - eligibility

At risk day

For the purpose of an ACCS (child wellbeing) certificate, an 'at risk day' is any day where an approved provider considers that a child meets the above definition of 'at risk'.

For the purpose of an ACCS (child wellbeing) determination, an 'at risk day' is any day where Centrelink considers that a child meets the above definition of 'at risk'.

Act reference: FAAct section 85CB Certification for ACCS (child wellbeing)

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.8.1.10 ACCS (child wellbeing) - eligibility, 2.8.1.30 ACCS (child wellbeing) - certificates, 2.8.1.40 ACCS (child wellbeing) - determinations

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