Reporting Child Abuse

Child abuse is a serious problem. In Victoria, if you suspect a case of child abuse or are mandated to report abuse, then you can contact Child Protection for advice.

For immediate help

  • To report concerns that are life threatening, ring Victoria Police 000
  • To contact a child protection office close to you, call a local office.
  • To report concerns about the immediate safety of a child after hours, call:
    • After Hours Child Protection Emergency Service
      Ph: 13 12 78 (5.00pm - 9.00am Monday - Friday, 24 hours on weekends and public holidays).
      Note: this is an emergency service for week nights, weekends and public holidays only.

For further information

Information on how abuse can be recognised can be found on the What is child abuse? wepage and in publications on this site, such as:

Failure to disclose child sexual abuse offence

A new offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse came into effect on 27 October 2014. The offence requires that any adult who holds a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed in Victoria by an adult against a child (aged under 16) disclose that information to police. The offence applies to all adults in Victoria, not just professionals who work with children, unless they have a reasonable excuse.

Further information about the offence and how to report is available on this site.

  • How to make a report to Child Protection

    Professionals involved with vulnerable children, young people and their families, including families with an unborn child, may consider they should report or refer a concern to either Child Protection or Child FIRST.

Contact Information

Victoria Police
Ph: 000

After Hours Child Protection Emergency Service
Ph: 131 278 (5.00pm - 9.00am Monday - Friday, 24 hours on weekends and public holidays)

Child Protection Local Contacts

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