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Child abuse & neglect


If you or a child are in immediate danger, phone the police on 111 at any time, night or day.

If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, phone Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children on 0508-FAMILY (0508‑326‑459). This phone number is staffed 24 hours, every day, by social workers.

If you or your children are affected by family violence, call the Family Violence Information Line on 0800‑456‑450. It is available from 9 am to 11 pm seven days a week.

Parent support

If you think you might hurt your child, it's important that you seek help. Read these strategies for staying calm with kids and what to do if you think you can't cope and might hurt your child.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2019.

See also:

Referral and support agencies – sexual assault

Referral and support agencies – assault

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