when must I make a report?

You must make a report to Community Services when you have current concerns about the safety, welfare and wellbeing of a child for any of the following reasons:

  • the basic physical or psychological needs of the child or young person are not being met (neglect)
  • the parents or caregivers have not arranged necessary medical care for the child or young person (unwilling or unable to do so)
  • the parents or caregivers have not arranged for the child or young person to receive an education in accordance with the Education Act 1990 (unwilling or unable to do so)
  • risk of physical or sexual abuse or ill-treatment (physical or sexual abuse)
  • parent or caregiver’s behaviour towards the child causes or risks serious psychological harm (emotional abuse)
  • incidents of domestic violence and as a consequence a child or young person is at risk of serious physical or psychological harm (domestic or family violence)
  • the child was the subject in a pre-natal report and the birth mother did not engage successfully with support services.

See more on signs of abuse.

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