These helplines will answer any questions you may have and tell you what will happen next. Helpline staff will not tell anyone who reported the abuse and you do not have to provide your name.

You do not need to be sure that a child is being abused in order to call a helpline. It is enough to suspect that they may be at risk of harm. It is always better to be over-cautious when it comes to the safety of our most vulnerable.

Report Abuse

If you believe that a child is in immediate danger, please call the police now on 000. 

For any other concern about a child’s welfare, please call the relevant child protection helpline in your state:

What do I need to do when abuse is disclosed to me?

While it is upsetting to learn that a child has been abused, your response is critical as it can affect the severity of the child’s overall trauma.

Research shows that children who feel supported, safe, and believed when disclosing abuse have the most success in recovery.

When a child discloses abuse to you:

  • Provide warmth, support and understanding.
  • Assure the child that they have done the right thing in telling you.
  • Make sure they know that the abuse is not their fault.
  • Never pressure the child to tell you anything they do not want to tell you.
  • Do not probe the child or ask detailed questions about what happened to them.
  • Do not make promises that you cannot keep about their future.
  • Make a note of exactly what the child says, in the words they use to say it.
  • Contact the relevant child protection helpline in your state.