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Child abuse and neglect

abuse; hurt; harm; emotional; neglect; sexual; physical; protective; behaviours;

Sometimes children are abused or neglected by their parents or carers.

Some people think it is only abuse if a child is physically hurt. Children are also abused when they are made to feel worthless or unloved, when they live with violence or their basic needs are ignored. This can be just as harmful and the effects can last a lifetime.

Child abuse and neglect is when a child is physically, emotionally or sexually harmed. It is also when their health, safety or wellbeing needs are not being met by their family.

Child abuse can happen in families of any income, culture or religion. It often happens over a long period of time, but single one-off events can be abuse too. The effects of abuse and neglect are serious and can last a lifetime. 

More information

To find out more about child abuse and the services available to support parents and children have a look at the Parent Easy Guide  Child abuse  which was developed by ParentingSA  Parenting SA - is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.  

ParentingSA has also developed a Parent Easy Guide Protecting children from sexual abuse

Want more information about support services?

Phone 000 if there is immediate danger, Phone 131 444 for Police attendance

Child Abuse Report Line - South Australia
Phone 13 14 78, 24 hours If you are worried a child is being abused or neglected

Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service - South Australia
Phone 1800 800 098, 24 hours Support for anyone experiencing family violence, including links to accommodation
Gateway Service  

1800 RESPECT - Australia
Phone 1800 737 732, 24 hours National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service Information,
support, telephone and web counselling for people experiencing domestic and family violence or sexual assault

Department for Child Protection - South Australian
Phone 8124 4185 For information on child protection and reporting abuse

Kids Helpline - Australia
Phone 1800 55 1800 Phone, web or email counselling, resources and activities for children and young people
5 to 25 years 

Parent Helpline - South Australia
Phone 1300 364 100 Advice on child health and parenting Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)
Phone 1300 733 606, 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri for an appointment.

Parenting SA
For other Parent Easy Guides including 'Protecting children from sexual abuse' , ’Family violence’ and ‘Discipline 0-12 years’

Raising Children Network
Information on raising children

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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