If you or someone you know is impacted by child sexual abuse or exploitation, including historical child sexual abuse, or online child sexual exploitation there are support services available. These avenues of support are available to help, listen and believe.
If you think a child is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000), Crimestoppers on
1800 333 000, or your local police.
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24 hour support services
A free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Lifeline is a national service providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Counselling and support services
Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect.
The Foundation cares for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, reduces the incidence of bullying, cyberbullying and other cyber risks, and advocates for the safety and wellbeing of children.
A child protection organisation, Bravehearts’ national information and support line can be accessed by anyone wanting information or support relating to child sexual assault.
A network of education representatives that work together to help schools to create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected and valued.
Created to promote internet safety, the Carly Ryan Foundation provides support to families and the community through education, counselling, engagement, promotion and advocacy.
A national youth mental health organisation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing.
A national identity and cyber support service that helps individuals and organisations reduce the harm they experience from the compromise and misuse of their identity information by providing effective response and mitigation.
A Victorian-based organisation founded by individuals who have been affected by their partner’s involvement in child abuse material, PartnerSPEAK provides advocacy and support for the non-offending partner and family of a perpetrator of child sexual abuse and child exploitation material.
An online mental health service for young people and their parents. They provide specially targeted information to help any young person who visits the service.
Support for families
AFP Child Protection Operations (CPO) and the ACCCE have developed a tailored list of resources to support families affected by child sexual exploitation. These are state specific and contain a list of support services that are available both locally and nationally that can provide information, advice, support and counselling for families and children.
Find support services relevant your state or territory
- South Australia
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- Western Australia
- Australian Capital Territory
Support for individuals
AFP CPO and the ACCCE have also developed a brochure tailored for individuals being investigated for child sexual exploitation related offences by the AFP. This brochure contains a list of support services that are available nationally that can provide information, advice, support and counselling for the individual.