Children have the right to be safe from abuse and neglect. Unfortunately not all children are properly cared for and some are harmed.
Each week over 4,000 people contact the Department of Community Services with information about children at risk of neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
The Department has a statutory duty to protect children it considers to be at risk of harm. To do this, it needs an effective system to receive, assess and refer information about children at risk.
This is the role of the Helpline, which is the front-end of the Department’s child protection services.
This report informs Parliament and the community on the progress made - and what remains to be done - to ensure that information about children at risk of harm is properly assessed and referred for investigation.
Parliamentary reference - Report number #137 - released 1 June 2005