What is the purpose of child protection laws?
One purpose is to secure for each child alleged or adjudicated in need of protection or services and under the jurisdiction of the court, the care and guidance (preferably in the child’s own home) as will best serve the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical welfare of the child.
Another purpose is to provide judicial procedures which protect the welfare of the child.
They also preserve and strengthen the child’s family ties whenever possible and in the child’s best interests. At times, this means removing the child from the custody of parents. However this is only when the child’s welfare or safety cannot be adequately safeguarded without removal.
When removal is necessary and in the child’s best interests, the next purpose then becomes securing for the child custody, care and discipline as equivalent as possible to that which should have been given by the parents.