Child protection

The Department of Communities protects and cares for Western Australian children and young people who are in need, and supports families and individuals who are at risk or in crisis.

We work proactively with families to build safety around children and prevent the need for children to enter the out-of-home-care system. We also support children and young people who are in out-of-home care to thrive by working with community sector organisations and foster carers to provide them with a safe, stable environment.

We provide and fund a range of child safety and family support services throughout the state including mandatory reporting investigations and training, Working with Children Checks, fostering and adoption services, counselling and outreach programs, crisis accommodation, homelessness services, and emergency services support.

If you are concerned about a child’s wellbeing, please contact the Central Intake Team on 1800 273 889 or email

The Department of Communities is in the process of migrating its web presence to For now, you can find out more about our Child Protection portfolio on the legacy Child Protection website.

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Page reviewed 8 October 2021