Protect the child

What is abuse?


It is important to say that what is classed as abuse over time changes with changes in societal expectations. However, within a lot of western societies, which include Australia, there is a clear description of what our society accepts as child abuse.

Child abuse & neglect has five categories within it.

They are:

  • Physical abuse;

  • emotional maltreatment;

  • neglect;

  • sexual abuse; and

  • exposure to family violence

To educate yourself  about the topic of ‘Child abuse and neglect’ and the definitions and meanings please have a look on the Australian Government web site:  


What Umbrella Hearts want you to do?

Umbrella Hearts awareness programme wants YOU to spread the word (simple isn't it?). Wear a ribbon, Talk to your neighbours, friends, your acquaintances, whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself. Encourage others to join the ground swell of good people having a voice for those who often have none, the children.  

Just let it be known that you are one person who will not accept that it is OK to abuse any child anywhere anytime and that you will do what you can to protect these precious children.


What to do if you suspect a child is being abused?

Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of being neglected or physically, sexually or emotionally abused, should report it to their States or Country reporting authority.

If you are aware that abuse is going on don't keep it to your self. 

To report suspected child abuse or neglect within New South Wales - Australia,

call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)


Police: 000 if severe abuse is occurring and help is needed immediately for the child's safety.


Make yourself aware of your state or Country's Child Protection reporting process and Phone Numbers.