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Child Protection Service

About this service

Our child protection service helps parents and children to advocate for their rights and needs with Child Protection (Department of Health and Human Services).

We provide legal advice about child protection and related legal matters, like family violence and parenting arrangements. 

Our lawyers also assist people with child protection matters at local Magistrates’ Courts through our child protection duty lawyer service. 

For people with complex child protection and related legal matters, we may also be able to provide ongoing legal representation and support.

Who is this service for?

Our child protection legal service is for parents and young people who are:

  • In contact with Child Protection (Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Worried about Child Protection becoming involved in their life; or
  • Wanting help from Child Protection

How to access this service

To find out if we can help you at court, or to book an appointment for legal advice before your court date, please visit our Bendigo office or call us on (03) 5445 0909 or FREECALL 1800 450 909 during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

If you need help on the day at court, please go to the Court Registry Office and ask to speak to a lawyer on duty. You do not need an appointment.

Our lawyers are available at the following courts:

Bendigo Magistrates’ Court – every Monday

Castlemaine Magistrates’ Court – once a month

Echuca Magistrates’ Court – once a month

Kyneton Magistrates’ Court – once a month

Maryborough Magistrates’ Court – once a month

When you contact us to make an appointment, we will ask you some questions about your legal problem and confirm your personal details. We use this information to work out if we have a lawyer that can help you. If we can’t help, we will give you information about other legal services that might be able to assist.

We respect your privacy. To learn more about how we protect your personal information see our Client’s Rights, Responsibilities and Privacy page.

Legal Help Request Form

Fill in the form below to contact us for help. If your matter is urgent, or you have a court date coming up, please call us.

Emergency Contacts

Other support services that are available to help you 24-hours a day include:

13 11 14

Safe Steps Family Violence Help Line
1800 015 188

Men’s Line
1300 78 99 78

Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800