REPORTING YOUR CONCERN
If you are concerned about a child’s wellbeing, contact the Department’s district office closest to where the child lives or the Crisis Care Unit after hours.
If you are a referrer from a government or non-government agency reporting concerns about a child's wellbeing please complete the Child Protection Concern Referal form.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, contact the Western Australia Police immediately by dialling 000.
If you make a report or disclose relevant information to the Department, there is legislative protection for the notifier. These are:
- Protection of identity - with some exceptions, your identity must not be disclosed without your consent. For further information, refer to section 240 of the Children and Community Services Act 2004.
- Legal protection – you are not subject to legal liability under State law providing the information is provided in good faith.
- Professional protection – authorised disclosure of information cannot be held to constitute unprofessional conduct or a breach of professional ethics. As a result you cannot be disciplined by your professional body or incur any formal professional negative consequences at your workplace.
When you contact the Department, the Duty Officer will gather and record information that you provide and decide how best to respond. The type of information that the officer will gather includes:
- details about the child/young person and family
- the reasons you are concerned
- the immediate risk to the child
- whether or not the child or family has support
- what may need to happen to make the child safe
- your contact details, so that the officer can call you to obtain further information if required or to provide feedback.
You do not need to have all the details about the child or family when you contact the Department.