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Working together to safeguard children and young people

The Australian Human Rights Commission defines a child safe organisation as one that creates a culture, adopts strategies, and takes actions that promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people.

We will do this by:

  • creating an environment where children’s safety and wellbeing is at the centre of thought, values and actions
  • placing emphasis on genuine engagement with and valuing of children and young people
  • creating conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people
  • creating conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying any harm
  • responding to any concerns, disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm.

Council Policy

Council’s Child Safeguarding Policy provides a set of overarching practices aligned to the NSW Child Safe Standards that demonstrates Council’s commitment to child safety.

Northern Beaches Council is committed to ensuring that children and young people with whom we have contact are safe and feel safe, their rights, needs and interests are met, and they are able to actively participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Reporting child protection concerns

Who can report child safety concerns?

  • Parent or carer
  • Child or young person
  • Community member
  • Northern Beaches Council employees including volunteers, contractors and councillors

You can report any child safety concerns, including:

  • disclosure of abuse or neglect
  • allegation, suspicion or observation
  • general safety or environmental concerns

If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, please contact the police immediately by dialling 000.

If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect, contact the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

Making a complaint involving a child or young person

Any complaints about a Northern Beaches Council employee, Councillor, volunteer or contractor’s behaviour or conduct towards a child or young person will be handled in accordance with Council's Complaint Management Policy.

You can make a child protection complaint directly with our Internal Audit and Complaints Resolution team:

Northern Beaches Council takes all allegations and concerns about potential child abuse seriously.

External resources

Online safety

Child Protection

Support Services

Confidential counselling is available for people of all ages by telephone or online. Visit our Mental Health Services page for useful contacts.

  • Child and Youth Mental Health Service Northern Beaches – provides specialist mental health intervention to children and young people with severe and complex mental health problems and their families. Includes groups for young people and parents, information and referral to other services and crisis intervention for the community within business hours.
    Phone: (02) 9388 5150
  • Northern Beaches Youth & Family Counselling Service – free, flexible, tailored service in a safe, confidential and friendly space for people aged between 12 and 18 years and their family living on the Northern Beaches.
    Phone: (02) 9976 1486 or email AFC@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • One Door – specialised mental health services to the northern beaches area including centre-based services, psychological and physical health services, individual support, and assistance transitioning to the NDIS.
    Phone: (02) 9907 9999