Refer a Child in Need
Are you concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a child? Anyone in the community can make a referral. Child FIRST, as the access point for family services, is progressively transitioning to The Orange Door.
The Orange Door
The Orange Door is the new access point for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence, or families who need assistance with the care and wellbeing of children to access the services they need to be safe and supported.
The Orange Door is a free support service that brings together workers from specialist family violence, child and family, Aboriginal and men’s services to provide a coordinated network of specialist support services.
Cafs is proud to be a part of The Orange Door in partnership with other leading family services organisations across the Central Highlands.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child who may be in immediate danger, please dial 000.
Should I make a Child FIRST referral?
Some families need family services support when they are experiencing difficulties that impact on their parenting and family life. Anyone with a concern for a child or family wellbeing can make a referral to Child FIRST. Referrals can be made for vulnerable children, young people (0 to 17 years) and their families, including families with an unborn child.
Factors which affect a child’s safety, stability or development include:
- Significant parenting problems that may be affecting the child’s development
- Serious family conflict, including family breakdown
- Families under pressure due to a family member’s physical or mental illness, substance abuse, disability or bereavement
- Young, isolated and/or unsupported families
- Significant social or economic disadvantage that may adversely impact on a child’s care or development.
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