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  • Child abuse is defined as any act a person that puts a child or young person’s physical or emotional health or development in danger. This includes neglect.
  • Abuse or neglect may negatively impact a child’s emotional, psychological and physical development as a result of the trauma they experience.
  • A referral to Child FIRST or The Orange Door may be the best way of connecting vulnerable children, young people and their families to the services they need to protect and promote their healthy development.
  • The Child Protection system is responsible for investigating alleged child abuse and neglect where a parent is unable or unwilling to act protectively and determining the most appropriate care or support for the child.
  • If you are aware that a child has been sexually abused, you are legally required to speak up and report it.

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Reviewed on: 15-12-2022