If you believe your child is in immediate danger or a life-threatening situation, call emergency services on triple zero – 000.
Under our legislation, we don’t investigate individual children’s and families’ circumstances. If you suspect a child in Queensland is experiencing harm or neglect, please contact the Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services.

Laws, rights and principles

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Laws, rights and principles

The information in this section is dedicated to helping kids and young people understand the child protection system and all the things different people do to keep children safe.

This information will help you to understand your rights, have your say and find people who can help.

Note: wherever you see the word ‘child’ in the following sub-pages, it means anyone under 18 years old.

The Did you know? Key facts for children and young people in out of home care factsheet provides a helpful summary. 

Key facts to remember include:

  • You have rights
  • The government can do certain things to keep you safe
  • Child Safety Services can help you to be, stay and feel safe
  • Courts can decide how to keep you safe
  • You can always speak up

If you don't agree about who you should live with, or how much contact you have with your family, visit our who can help page for more information.