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  • Child Protection intervenes with families where there is a significant risk of harm to a child or young person.
  • 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, and a referral to these services may be 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 mandated to make a report to Child Protection if there is a reasonable belief that the child has been or is being physically or sexually abused.
  • Anyone who forms a reasonable belief that a child needs protection can make a report to Child Protection.
  • If a child is in immediate danger, contact police on 000.

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Reviewed on: 15-12-2022