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Children and young people

Child protection

Community Services (NSW)

Community Services (formerly DoCS) promotes the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and works to build stronger families and communities. If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect contact the 24-hour Child Protection Helpline on:
Phone: 132 111 (NSW)

Other child protection agencies

Other State and Territory child protection agencies are listed here

For young people


The National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. The service is designed to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.

Kids Helpline

A national 24/7 telephone and online counselling and support service for young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
Phone: 1800 55 1800


A web-based service that provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times


The Reconnect program uses community-based early intervention services to assist young people aged 12 to 18 years who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and their families. Reconnect assists young people to stabilise their living situation and improve their level of engagement with family, work, education, training and their local community.  Find a Reconnect Service

Talking Works

A website designed with the assistance of the NSW Missing Persons Committee Inc. The site aims to raise awareness about the over-representation of young people who are missing.


Supports young people who are at risk of, and experiencing homelessness.

For parents

Parentline (NSW)

A telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents of children ages 0 to 18 years who live in New South Wales.

Phone: 1300 1300 52