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Think first then dial

Child protection

Keeping children safe from abuse and reporting suspected child abuse is the responsibility of everyone in the community.

Child abuse occurs when someone hurts, neglects or fails to protect a child.

Child abuse is an offence.

If you have received a warning regarding loitering near children, read the flyer for more information.

Reporting child abuse and neglect

Child Abuse Report Line

Call the Child Abuse Report Line if you suspect that a child or young person is being abused or neglected:

Phone 131 478.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free 24/7 support service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, offering professional and confidential counselling for any reason via phone and WebChat. They also offer a range of self-help resources on our website, and peer-support services.

This service may help:

  • Develop strategies to manage your emotions and challenging situations
  • Support you with your safety, mental health, and wellbeing
  • Provide information and referral to local support services

You can contact Kids Helpline for free, private help at any time:

  • Call 1800 55 1800 - available 24/7
  • Chat online - available 24/7

You can also visit the Kids Helpline website for more helpful advice.

Crime Stoppers

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online if you have information about:

  • child sexual exploitation
  • online paedophile activities
  • child pornography.

You can remain anonymous.

Or contact your local police station. Find your local police station

Police assistance

Call 000 if it is an emergency.

Call 131 444 for non-urgent police assistance.

Related information

The Children and Young People (Safety) Act, 2017 provides a child focused framework where the protection of children and young people is at the centre of the child protection system. To learn more about SAPOL's leading role in the protection of children and young people, click here.

To access our feedback form for children and young people, click here.

Child abuse and neglect, Parenting and Child Health

Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017