First Aid And Child Protection In Australia

Child protection

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The Child Protection Act reflects international declarations and conventions and national and international child protection practice directions and standards to protect at-risk and vulnerable children and young people.

The child protection act is part of the safeguarding process that identifies and attempts to protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect. The focus, in this case, would be on protecting an individual child or young person who is identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes details about responding when concerns arise about a particular child.

Safeguarding is the long-term responsibility of everyone dealing with children, starting with home care, to build, operate, and maintain a child-safe environment and culture that allows every child to feel safe, protected, valued and secure.

How Do I Report Suspected Child Abuse Or Neglect

You can report suspected child endangerment in several ways. You can think of reporting and stopping child abuse as a direct form of First Aid. Your actions could legitimately save their life and stop their torture and abuse once and for all, right there and then!

You should report your concerns for children living in Australia and dial 000 immediately if the child is in immediate danger! Catching someone in the act of committing the crime prevents further abuse for the child and ensures authorities have evidence to file the appropriate charges for prosecution.

 If the child is not in immediate danger, report the abuse to the local authority of the state the person is living immediately. You can walk into a police station, and they will give you further instructions.

Australia has an e-safety commissioner for making a report online across all state and territory governments and gives more information on the process. You can report abuse directly via the website.

 If you require assistance by phone or wish to talk to a trained professional about the issues described in this resource sheet, please call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 131114.

Why Child Protection Is Important

Child maltreatment can, does, and always will profoundly impact children and their families. Studies show abuse is linked to poor mental health outcomes, a lack of confidence and self-esteem, and emotional and psychological problems that last a lifetime and can be unintentionally passed onto their own children. In addition, child abuse has broad implications for communities- not just the people involved in it directly.

What Does Cumulative Harm Mean

Cumulative harm results from multiple episodes of abuse or neglect that a child experiences in their life. Cumulative harm refers to effects on a child’s sense of safety, stability, and well-being due to patterns, circumstances, and events that happen in their lives.

Can Child Protection Take My Child

Early intervention is vital in working with children to provide child welfare. If there is reason to believe that a child is in danger of neglect, abuse, exploitation, or violence, then the state can remove the child or children until the situation causing them the danger has been removed.

What Happens If The Department Decide To Remove My Child/Children

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Child protection services are there to assist all children and provide care and protection. Removing them from the harmful environment, person, people, or home is the fastest way to stop the abuse and provide a safe, warm, nurturing place for the child to decompress and begin to recover. In a safe place, children can speak freely without fear of repercussions, and this can assist experts in handling their case.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have special provisions for child safety, and where it is possible, they are placed with traditional custodians or family and community until the court makes a decision on where they are to live.

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