The Department for Child Protection (DCP) was formed in November 2016 in response to recommendations from the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, led by the Honourable Margaret Nyland AM.

We work in partnership with vulnerable families, government and non-government organisations, foster carers and the community to care for and protect at risk children and young people by addressing abuse and neglect and keeping them safe from further harm.

Where children cannot safely stay in the family home we will find a place for them to live, preferably with kin or foster care families.

We aim to give young South Australians in our care every opportunity to reach their full potential. In all that we do, we value children's voices and reflect their views.

Our responsibilities

The department administers the following legislation:

We use an evidence-informed, strengths-focused, family-centred and competency-based approach, to ensure that contact with the child protection system adds value to children and their families.

We are responsible for:

  • managing cases of children that are at risk of harm, are unsafe, neglected or abused
  • managing and supporting children and young people under the guardianship of the chief executive
  • facilitating care for children and young people at risk
  • supporting the reunification of children with their families where it is safe to do so
  • managing the adoption process
  • supporting refugee children and young people through the Commonwealth Guardianship team.

See our current Strategic Plan 2019-2022 (PDF, 190.9 KB).

Our organisational structure

See our organisational structure (PDF, 488.6 KB).


Department for Child Protection

Education Centre
31 Flinders Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

Phone: 8124 4185