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Care proceedings(also known as “care and protection proceedings”)

Court proceedings commenced under Chapter 5 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW). Usually the Director-General of the Department of Community Services (DoCS) is the applicant in care proceedings. The Court can make various types of care orders under Chapter 5, including emergency care and protection orders, assessment orders, interim care orders and final care orders. The Children's Court may make final care orders under Chapter 5 in relation to a child or young person provided that it is satisfied that the child or young person is in need of care and protection. These final care orders can include orders placing a child or young person under the parental responsibility of the Minister for Community Services, a parent or any other person, contact orders, orders for supervision and orders accepting undertakings.