Child Abuse

Child abuse refers to any kind of abuse which affects a child sexually, physically and/or emotionally.

For example:

  • Sexual abuse;
  • Physical abuse of any kind;
  • Neglect;
  • Harsh or unjust punishment;
  • Repeated criticisms and put-downs, constant ridicule;
  • Ritual abuse; and
  • Verbal abuse.


Help prevent child abuse

Most allegations of child abuse in Western Australia relate to family members, either close or extended. If you have legitimate concerns about children in your immediate or extended family report those concerns to the Department for Communities or police.

Parents of child abuse victims

Parents of abused children often say, "There was something about him but I couldn't put my finger on it. Something inside me was telling me to be careful. I ignored these feelings of uncertainty. I wish now that I had paid attention to my instincts".

Parents know their children better than anyone else. Trust your instincts. If you find yourself, even in the smallest way, wary of the intentions of someone wishing to be alone with your child, then respond to these instincts and say "No".

The vast majority of people are honest and good, but if someone appears to be too good to be true, they sometimes are.

Safer WA for Young Children and Young People

Safer WA for Children and Young People was developed as part of the Western Australian Government's implementation of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The online resource will serve as an all-purpose child safety hub, bringing together relevant safety tips and key information about keeping children and young people safe to make them accessible and easy to locate. The website includes links to online safety information for parents and children.

Its web pages also provide information on support services for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, and maintains a link to the Royal Commission website and the survivors' Message to Australia.

For further information, visit the Safer WA for Children and Young People website.