Keep Them Safe

Keep Them Safe: a shared approach to child wellbeing is the NSW Government’s response to the recommendations made by the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW, headed by the Hon James Wood, AO QC.

It is a five-year action plan to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in NSW. The plan’s goal is for all children in NSW to be healthy, happy and safe – and for them to grow up belonging in families and communities where they have opportunities to reach their full potential.

Keep Them Safe is designed to build better partnerships between the government and non-government sector, in order to comprehensively address the underlying factors that affect abuse and neglect.

By working together, the sector is better able to provide earlier help to families, to prevent problems escalating and to reduce the number of children and young people entering the statutory child protection system.

Keep Them Safe website provides information for mandatory reporters in government agencies and non-government organisations about the new child protection system, including resources, training materials, and the KTS email newsletter.

The action plan is supported by new legislation proclaimed on 24 January 2010. It is being implemented in close consultation with all the agencies that work with vulnerable children and young people, including the Child Protection Advisory Group.

Interagency guidelines

The Child Wellbeing and Child Protection NSW Interagency Guidelines are a guide for government agencies and non-government organisations who deliver child wellbeing and child protection services in NSW.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)