Staying safe

Council takes a strong stand against bullying, intimidation and harassment - both physically and online. Take a look at Council's youth and child protection policy here.

We want young people to remain safe

Cumberland City Council is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and actively opposes abuse and neglect in every form.

We believe that the protection of children and young people under the age of 18 years old is a broad responsibility for the general community as well as Council staff, volunteers and Council representatives. This involves:

  • Minimising the possibility of harm occurring
  • Training staff in best practice to ensure a safe environment for children and young people
  • Raising awareness of child protection within the general community
  • The immediate response to allegations against staff involving children and young people and the implementation of thorough employment procedures
  • Increasing awareness of the community and staff

Council's policy and guideline for the protection of children and young people include:

Council also recommends:

If you need help now

If you need help, assistance or urgent support, call one of the following crisis services:

  • For emergency, call Tripple Zero 000 to be connected to Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance services
  • If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect, contact the Child Protection Helpline132 111
  • For private and confidential phone counselling for people aged 5 to 25 years, contact Kids Helpline1800 55 1800