Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Child protection and wellbeing

One of the most important concerns of any community is the health, safety and well being of its children and young people.

Whilst parents and carers are responsible for the safety and welfare of children in their care, protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect is the responsibility of the whole community.Child abuse and neglect can happen to any child or young person in any family and can have lasting, damaging effects.

Reporting your concerns about a child or young person's safety or wellbeing is an important step in preventing or stopping the abuse and protecting children from further harm. It also gives agencies the chance to help families in situations where a child or young person may be at risk.

If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect, contact Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (TTY 1 800 212 936).The Child Protection Helpline is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, statewide call centre staffed by professionally qualified caseworkers to receive and screen all reports.

If a report has been made about you or a child in your care, you have rights as a parent or carer. Find out more about what will happen next and how you will be involved.

Certain groups of people are required by law to report to Community Services if they suspect (using their professional judgment and training), on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of significant harm. This includes government agencies such as ADHC, and non-government organisations who provide services to children and young people.

Read more about ADHC’s role in the protection and wellbeing of children and young people with disability.

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