Get help with child protection
Legal Aid WA can help you with your protection and care case at the Children’s Court, or with your case involving child abuse at the Family Court of WA.
Call our Infoline on 1300 650 579 from Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm for information about the law and how we can help you.
For protection and care cases, you can get help from our duty lawyer service Children’s Court Protection Services on (08) 9218 0160 from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.
Quick Answers Video: Child Protection Duty Lawyer Service
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If you need an interpreter, please let us know. If we can’t help you, we will refer you to someone who can.
You may also get help from Legal Aid WA by:
- Asking for advice or representation at court from the duty lawyers at:
Applying for a grant of aid. In some cases we may be able to provide you with a lawyer to help you run your protection and care case , or assist at pre-birth 'signs of safety meetings'. If you are a grandparent who has been joined as a party to the case, sometimes you may also be able to get a lawyer.
Where else can I get help?
Click here for where to find other legal help.
For support and information:
- Family Inclusion Network of Western Australia Inc. (FIN WA Inc.) - advocacy and support services for parents and family members who have had their children placed in ‘out of home care’ or who are at risk of having their children placed in care.
- Aboriginal Women’s Service - information, advocacy and referrals to Aboriginal women and their families, as well as group activities and peer support groups.
- Grandcare - support for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
- Foster Care Association of Western Australia support and advocacy to foster families.
- Advocate for Children in Care - assistance with problems or complaints involving a child or young person in care.
- Kids Helpline – a free and confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
- Family Violence Law Help - a website that
provides simple and clear information about domestic and family violence and the law. This includes information about family law, child protection, child support and domestic violence protection orders. It has a directory of services that can help with legal advice, emergency housing, money and more, for people in WA and Australia wide.
- Charter of Rights for parents and families – a list of the rights for parents and families involved with statutory child protection in Western Australia.
- Charter of Rights Children and Young People in Care - a list of a list of things to help children and young people know how they should be treated when they come into the care of the Department of Communities (sometimes called Child Protection).
Reviewed: 29 November 2022