Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Moving a child to a safe place

A child safety officer or police officer can move a child to a safe place in the following circumstances:

  • the child is under 12 years of age
  • a parent or other member of the child's family is not present and cannot be located
  • a child is not safe but this is not a result of child protection issues.

The officer must move the child to a safe place or make arrangements for another reliable person to move them to a safe place where they can remain until they return to the care of the parents or a family member.

A safe place can be:

  • the home of a neighbour who knows the child and parents
  • the home of a relative or friend
  • the child's family day care provider
  • a hospital
  • an approved foster placement
  • a child safety service centre
  • a police station.
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