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  • Child Protection protects children and young people from harm caused by abuse or neglect within the family. 
  • A report to Child Protection is appropriate when the risk of harm to children is significant. 
  • Child First or The Orange Door may be able to help families having difficulties. 
  • A referral to Child FIRST or The Orange Door is appropriate if you have a significant concern for the wellbeing of a child, but do not believe they need protection from significant harm.
  • Some professional groups are legally required to report a reasonable belief of child physical or sexual abuse to child protection authorities. 
  • Anyone who forms a reasonable belief that a child is in need of protection from significant harm due to abuse or neglect can make a report to child protection.
  • If a child is in immediate danger, contact police on 000.

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Reviewed on: 27-02-2019