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Worried about a child or teenager who might be at risk of harm or in danger?


Concerned that your child is not safe with your ex-partner

Safety concerns

Parents are responsible for keeping their children safe.

If you are concerned that your child is not safe with your ex-partner or other family member, it is your responsibility to take protective action. This may include:

  • stopping your child from seeing your ex-partner or other family members where your child’s safety would be compromised
  • asking for a third party to assist with handovers
  • asking for handovers to take place away from the home address
  • asking for communication to be restricted to arrangements for your child
  • limiting communicating to text messages
  • using a child contact centre (which provide supervised and supported contact, there are often costs involved)

Child contact centres may be appropriate for your child to spend time with your ex-partner for a short period of time. They are not intended for long-term use. The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) has information and advice about safe, please see supported and supervised contact (NACCC).

Also see:

Worried about a child or teenager

Advice for separated parents