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Ways to protect your child from abuse and neglect

There are steps you can take to help keep your child safe from abuse and neglect. Connecting with mainstream services and resources, including your child’s school, is a good starting point. It is also important to let your child know they have a right to feel safe at all times and that if something is wrong, they can tell someone they trust.

Here are some other suggestions that can help protect your child.

With service providers

Be clear with service providers about your child’s developmental level, their behaviours and their needs.

Get to know everyone working with your child. Watch how workers and your child interact.

Ask questions about the care provided to your child and the level of supervision and monitoring.

Speak with service providers about the risk assessment they do for employees and volunteers as part of recruitment and ongoing practice.

If your child has communication difficulties, ask for a report on their activities and daily routines.

Ask your service provider about their child safe environment policies and other procedures they have  to protect your child.

Work with your child’s school about their participation in protective behaviour programs.

Use the checklist for parents and carers (DOCX 20KB) to help choose a service provider.

With your child

Teach your child about their bodies and which areas are private. Also teach them about relationships and personal boundaries.

Give information about being safe in a way your child can understand. For example, try using symbols and pictures as well as words, and repeating information.

Teach your child to say ‘no’ when someone makes them feel scared, sad or uncomfortable.

Help your child to understand and identify who they can trust and go to if they feel unsafe.

Be aware of where your child is and with whom.

Educate your child about, and monitor their use of internet, chat-rooms and social networking sites.


Parenting SA

Phone: 08 8303 1660
Email: health.parentingsa [at] sa.gov.au
Fax: 08 8303 1653