WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A 'VULNERABLE' CHILD?

A 'vulnerable' child is one who:

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    Has been notified to or is otherwise involved with child protection or out-of-home care services provided by the Office of Children and Families (subject of the exercise of a power or performance of a function under chapter 2 of the Care and protection of Children Act).

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    Is under arrest or is on bail, or has an order under the Youth Justice Act. This includes children in youth detention or on community based orders.

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    Is on an order made under the Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act. This can include children in treatment placements for volatile substances.

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    Has a mental illness, is mentally disturbed, or has a disability. The definitions for these terms can be found in the Mental Health and Related Services Act and the Disability Services Act.

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    Has sought (or for whom a family member or designated professional has sought) child related services for the prevention of harm, exploitation, protection, care or support of the child.

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    Complaints apply to a young person who has left the care of the CEO of the Children and Families if they were a 'vulnerable child'. The CEO is obligated to provide some services to children who have left care.