When to report to Child Protection
Report to Child Protection if you believe the concerns currently have a serious impact on the child’s immediate safety, stability or development, if you have significant protective concerns for the wellbeing of a child, but the parents are unable or unwilling to address or resolve these concerns, and, if the concerns are entrenched and likely to have a serious impact on the child’s development.
Grounds for reasonable belief
A report to Child Protection should be made in any of the following circumstances:
- Physical abuse of, or non-accidental or unexplained injury to a child
- Disclosure of sexual abuse by a child or witness, or a combination of factors suggesting the likelihood of sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse and ill treatment of a child
- Persistent neglect, poor care or lack of appropriate supervision with a likelihood of significant harm to the child or the child’s stability and development
- Persistent family violence or parental substance misuse, psychiatric illness or intellectual disability where there is a likelihood of significant harm to the child, or the child’s stability and development
- Where a child’s actions or behaviour may place them at risk of significant harm and the parents are unwilling or unable to protect the child
- Where a child appears to have been abandoned, or the child’s parents are dead or incapacitated and no other person is caring properly for the child
- Concerns that a parent/s cannot or will not protect the child from significant harm
- A belief that the family is likely to be uncooperative in seeking assistance.
Many cases will not fit neatly into these categories. Refer to the DHHS website for further information
What happens after reporting to Child Protection?
Debriefing, supervision and reflective practice is important for service providers when supporting families through difficult times and trauma.