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Keeping children safe from abuse

27 July 2022, Action for Change

You have a right to be safe and happy

Every child has the right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated. If you or someone close to you is having a hard time, there are services to help. Each of the services listed below has trained staff available to listen and help you out over the phone 24/7 – and every conversation is confidential.

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 in Australia. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ReachOut: Online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia.

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for anyone in Australia who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Lifeline: 13 11 14 | Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14, or text 0477 13 11 14 at night (6pm-midnight AEDT). Someone will help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state or territory. 

Parentline: 1300 30 1300 Free counselling and support for parents and caregivers in QLD & NT.

Resources for identifying and reporting child abuse

Every child has the right to grow up in a safe and supportive environment. If you suspect a child is at risk of harm, or would like to read more about the signs of abuse, see the following resources:

Karen Flanagan AM is Save the Children Australia’s Child Protection Advocate. She is a qualified social worker with 34 years of clinical, managerial, training and research experience in national and international child protection. As a member of Save the Children International – Child Protection Global Theme Steering Group, Karen helps determine child protection policy and practice direction across 120 countries.

‘Signs of abuse and neglect’ webpage, accessed 17.11.17, from the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

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