Child Protection

Types of Child Abuse

Neglect

  • Child neglect is the continued failure by a parent or caregiver to provide a child with the basic things
  • these include - Food, Clothing, Shelter, medical and dental care


Sexual Abuse

  • sexual abuse is someone using their power or advantage (threatening physical harm) over a child or young person and forcing them to participate in sexual activity


Physical Abuse

  • Non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child or young person usually caused by a parent or caregiver
  • This abuse is sometimes in the form of excessive beatings, cigarette burns, shaking and attempted strangulation etc.


Emotional Abuse or Psychological harm

  • where the behaviour of their parent or caregiver damages the confidence and self esteem of the child or young person
  • can sometimes result in emotional disturbance or psychological trauma

Mandatory Reporting

  • In some professions you are required to mandate a report if you suspect or notice a child is in harm
  • mandatory reporting describes a legislation imposed on selected classes of people to report on suspected cases of child abuse.

How to Help?

How to make a Report

  • You can make a report by phoning the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111
  • If you require assistance call kids helpline on 1800 55 1800 or lifeline on 13 11 14


If you believe a child is in immediate danger call the police on 000