Easy English fact sheets for parents dealing with the child protection system. Advice from parents with experience.

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You need help with your child

It is hard to be a parent.
You can get help.
Read our fact sheet
Keep your child safe.
You can ask Community Services for help.
This is good.
Sometimes Community Services may come to you.
It is good to get help if Community Services contact you.
You can ask for help from a
  • Lawyer
  • Advocate
  • Support person

You ask for help

It is good to ask for help.
It means you want to do things in a better way.
You can take a support person with you.
Community Services will
  • find out what help you need
  • look for who can help you.
It will help you
learn what you need to do for your child
Community services also check your child is safe

Community Services may come to you

They got a report from someone in the community.
Like your childs teacher.
It is called a Child Protection Report.
It says your child may not be safe.

What can
Community Services do?

  1. Check your child is safe.
  1. Look for help for you.
you and your child can stay together.
Look for a family to care for your child.
It will be for 3 months.
It is called
temporary care arrangement.
Read more about temporary care arrangement in our fact sheet New words.
  1. Meet with you.
    They want your child to be safe.
    They will tell you things you need to do.
They will make a plan with you.
It will help you do those things.
They write it all down.
You can ask for it
in a way you can read and use.
Like in Easy English.
It will look like this fact sheet.
You need to do everything in the plan. Like
  • keep your home clean
  • keep unsafe people away from your child.
    Like a new partner who hits your child
This is called a Safety plan.
  1. Take your child to live somewhere else.
    They do not think your child is safe.
    This called to remove your child.
You need to go to court about your child.
We have fact sheets that may help you.
Look on our website www.bumpyroad.org.au
Read these fact sheets

More information

This fact sheet is general information.
It may not be the same for you.
Talk to a lawyer about
  • your own child
  • your family.
This fact sheet was made by
  • The WASH House
  • The Ability Rights Centre. A service of IDRS
  • a Parent Advisory Group, 2020.
We have used images from
  • ChangePeople
  • Mayer-Johnson
  • Picto-Selector
Access Easy English helped The WASH House write the Easy English.
February 2020.


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