Personal SafetyChild Abuse
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
For those who are concerned about a child in relation to child abuse or neglect to making a report to child protection services in Victoria.
You are concerned about a child because you have:
Received a disclosure from a child about abuse or neglect
Observed indicators of abuse or neglect
Been made aware of possible harm via
your involvement in the community
external to your professional role At all times remember to:
Record your observations
Follow appropriate protocols
Consult notes and records
Consult with appropriate colleagues if necessary
Consult with other support agencies if necessary
Child abuse is a serious problem. In Vic- toria, if you suspect a case of child abuse or are mandated to report abuse, then you can contact Child Protection for advice.
For immediate help
To report concerns that are life threatening call Victoria Police 000.
To report concerns about the immedi- ate safety of a child within their family unit, call the Child Protection Crisis Line 13 12 78 (24 hours, 7 days a week, toll free within Victoria)
For more information visit Department of Human Services – www.dhs.vic.gov.au