Help for a child
It is important that you seek out help if you are worried about yourself, a friend or another family member.
The information below will help you find out more about how to find support.You can ring Child Protection Services in your state - Follow this link to find out important phone numbers for you to ring depending on where you live.
It is important for those who have experienced abuse, that others believe them and allow them to speak about it openly. It is also important to remember that change and recovery can and do happen. For children and young people affected by abuse, there are people and services who can help.
If you are currently experiencing abuse or neglect, either at home or from others you know, or if you have recently experienced abuse or are afraid of someone, it is important for you to talk to someone who can support and help you.
It might be frightening, but it is important that the abuse does stop.
Many children and young people who have been abused describe feeling embarrassed, guilty, ashamed and frightened. They worry that they will get into trouble for talking about what is happening. They worry that they will be blamed. All of these feelings and worries may make it hard to talk about what is happening to you.
It is very important for you to know that the abuse is not your fault. There are people around you who will understand and can help.
It is important for you to talk to someone who can support and help you. You need to find someone who will believe you and help you to decide what you need to do.
You may have tried to tell someone and not have been believed or helped. If you keep trying, you will find someone who will believe you and help you to decide what you would like to do about it.
You have a right to safety and protection and to have the abuse stopped.
- You can try talking to someone in your local area
- You can ring Kids Helpline - Ring 1800 551 800 Free Call
Your name remains confidential if you give it when you make a report and cannot be released.
In your local area
If you would like to talk to someone you know already or can access locally, it is important to talk to someone you feel comfortable with and trust.
Some suggestions are:
- Your Mum or Dad
- A trusted relative
- Your best friend's Mum or Dad
- Other adults you trust
- The Student Welfare Co-ordinator at your school
- Your school nurse
- Your school psychologist
- Your favourite teacher
- Your family doctor
- A psychologist or counsellor you know
- A local Centre Against Sexual Assault
- A local Police Officer