About child abuse and neglect

The health and wellbeing of the children of Western Australia is everybody’s business.

All health staff have an obligation to take action on behalf of any child whom they believe, based on their professional judgement is being, or is at risk of being, abused or neglected.

If you have any such concerns about any child, the following information will guide you through your professional and legal obligations to take the level of action required:

Statewide Protection of Children Coordination (SPOCC) Unit

The SPOCC unit works with the WA Health system statewide to support staff to meet their obligations to respond to child abuse and neglect by providing training, guidelines and consultations. SPOCC also leads the development of policy and initiatives to support the protection of children, health needs of children in care and prevention of child abuse and neglect

It achieves this through:

  • providing training, consultation, policy development, information and on line resources
  • developing, promoting, strengthening and evaluating processes between agencies that support the protection of children, the health needs of children in care and the reduction of child abuse and neglect
  • leading the implementation of mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse across WA Health.

More information

Statewide Protection of Children Coordination (SPOCC) Unit
Phone: 6456 0030
Email spoccunit@health.wa.gov.au

Are you a member of the community concerned about a child?

If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call:

WA Police 000 (triple zero)
Crisis Care, Department of Communities 1800 199 008

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Statewide Protection of Children Coordination (SPOCC) Unit