If you know that a child is being abused, you see signs of abuse or if you are being abused yourself it is vital that you make a report to the relevant department. It is possible that you may be the child’s only hope, so don’t delay.

Your report could provide investigators with the very information they need to make a case, and even save the child’s life. Your details remain confidential when you are reporting and are not disclosed to those who are being investigated

Not every report will trigger a full investigation so it’s best to put in a report to the department for each incident you witness or are aware of, and ensure you provide as much accurate detail as you can. If possible, keep a written record of incidents or signs of abuse. Encourage other people who are aware of the abuse to make reports as well. If you feel that your report is not being heard you can make a complaint within the department, contact your state ombudsman, or notify your local MP.

You will find the reporting line for your state, below. If you’d like some help reporting or need more information please call CAPS on 1800 688 009.