Safeguarding children and young people portal

Child safety is everyone’s responsibility. Anyone working with families, communities or organisations can learn how to protect children from abuse and neglect, and develop skills to keep children and young people safe. Learn how you can apply safeguarding principles to strengthen your practice.

Understanding abuse

What is sexual abuse? What types of abuse do children and young people experience? What are the risks of abuse occurring?

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Listening to children

Children and young people have a right to be heard and believed. How can you support them to share their ideas about how to stay safe?

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Preventing abuse

How can your organisation implement effective prevention strategies using a child-centred approach? How can child safety be achieved through leadership and cultural change?

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Responding to abuse

What can you and your organisation do when children and young people, staff and families raise issues about child safety?

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Tools to help you

Tools and resources to help safeguard children from harm from a range of levels: organisational strategy, professional practice and personal reflection.

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What we know

Read our research on safeguarding children and young people in institutions, including reports, articles, webinars and child-friendly animations.

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Measuring safety

Our research tools help you measure how safe children feel, and the confidence of your workforce in preventing and responding to safety concerns. This data can help you improve conditions of safety.

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Policies and frameworks

Your organisation can create a culture of child safety through leadership, governance and practice.

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Child rights

We believe that every child and young person has the right to be safe and that children and young people’s safety is everybody’s responsibility.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Acknowledgment of country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we live and work, and we pay respects to Elders both past and present.

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Trigger warning:

This website may contain material that is confronting and disturbing, particularly for survivors of sexual abuse, violence or childhood trauma. Issues raised might cause you distress.

Support lines

If you are feeling distressed, seek support:

Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
beyondblue 1300 224 636
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
ReachOut 1800 633 937


If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger, or you are in immediate danger, call 000.