It is often hard to know what to do to help a child or young person who has been abused. You may think you are over-reacting or mistaken. You worry that you may be seen by others as interfering. You might think you may be responsible for breaking up the family. Sometimes people are concerned that efforts to help children ends up causing them further harm. However, we know this is not the case.
Many adult survivors of abuse have said that the continued abuse causes more harm than any action taken to stop the abuse. If you suspect child abuse, report it.
Trust your judgement.
You do not have to prove that the abuse is happening.
You can report anonymously.
If you do give your name when you make a report, it remains confidential and cannot be released.
Families need help when abuse is happening. Reporting abuse can help families to receive the counselling and support services they need. This may help to relieve some of the family problems or stress. It will probably be critical in preventing further abuse of the children or young people in that family.
If you have serious concerns about the safety of a child, contact the Child Protection Service in your state. Anyone can ring the child protection service at any time if they are concerned about the welfare of a child or young person.
The phone numbers are:
Victoria 1300 650 172 (after hours phone 13 12 78)
South Australia 13 14 78 (after hours phone 13 16 11)
New South Wales 13 21 11
Queensland 1800 811 810 (after hours phone 1800 177 135)
Australian Capital Territory 1300 556 729
Northern Territory 1800 700 250
Western Australia 1800 622 258 (after hours phone 1800 199 008)
Tasmania 1300 737 639 or 1800 001 219
Click here for a full national directory.