about Community Services
Community Services (formerly DoCS) is the leading NSW Government agency responsible for community services.
We work to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and to build stronger families and communities. In particular, we help those who are vulnerable and most in need.
We work to protect children and young people from risk of harm and to provide care for children and young people who are not able to live with their families. See more about our services.
The majority of these services are provided through our community partners such as non-government organisations and other government agencies.
Our core activities are to:
- help protect and care for children and young people and support their families
- provide and fund accommodation and support services for children and young people who need to live away from their families (foster care)
- regulate child care by licensing and monitoring compliance
- fund and regulate adoption services
- fund support services to assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- help people separated from their families to trace their records
- coordinate services to meet the basic welfare and recovery needs of people affected by natural and other disasters.
The Child Protection Helpline (132 111) is a 24 hour statewide telephone service that allows you to report suspected child abuse or neglect.