Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service

The Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service provides support for children who have been harmed or who are at risk of harm. Harm includes:

  • emotional, physical, neglect or sexual
  • caused by family members or other people
  • acute, requiring immediate medical assessment and treatment
  • chronic, requiring long term intervention and treatment.

We are committed to providing appropriate health services for vulnerable children. We aim to promote their physical and psychological recovery, help with their developmental needs and advocate for their protection from future harm.

Who can access this service?

The Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service provide inpatient and outpatient services to children and young people who have suffered harm or at risk of suffering harm.

Catchment area

This service is available to children living in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals can be made by:

  • Department of Child Safety
  • general practitioners
  • other health professionals.

Information for health professionals

The Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service provides a multi-disciplinary tertiary service for the consultation and management of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Harm is defined as any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. It can be physical, psychological or emotional abuse or neglect; or sexual abuse or exploitation.

We provide the following services:

  • Child protection management of all acute admissions and presentations with complex child protection concerns.
  • Forensic services including injury or medico-legal interpretations involving production of medico-legal reports and legal evidence.
  • Provision of expert clinical consultation and support to staff at LCCH and CHQ pertaining to medical and psycho-social care associated with child protection functions.
  • Undertaking a Statewide leadership role through service evaluations, practice reviews and academic publications.
  • Core health representation in Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team meetings with interagency partners.
  • Supporting workforce development through teaching across disciplines within nursing, allied health and medical streams as well as supporting training for interagency partners.
  • CPFMS Consultants are Designated Medical Officers (DMO’s) who can issue a Care and Treatment Order to retain a child in hospital for 48 hrs if required to complete an assessment where there is suspicion a child may suffer harm or at risk of suffering harm if they are removed from hospital.
  • Provide paediatric assessments of children referred by Department of Child Safety, police or other medical professionals.
  • Information sharing in accordance with Child Protection Act, section 159 (M), 1999.
  • Implementation of Child Protection Management Plans for children under Child Protection Orders during admissions and procedures.

Eligibility criteria

The Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service provide inpatient and outpatient services to children and young people who have suffered harm or at risk of suffering harm.

Children referred to the Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service outpatient clinics should reside within our local Department of Child Safety Service Centres (Stones Corner, Mt Gravatt, Bayside, Fortitude Valley, Alderley, Chermside, Forest Lake, Inala and Strathpine).

The Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service provides a nurse-led clinic for young people transitioning from out-of-home care under a Child Protection Order to independent living. Ideally young people should be referred to this service between 15-18 years.

If concerns are related to allegations of a sexual assault, please contact the Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service during business hours. For assistance after hours (including weekends and public holidays) contact the Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service consultant on call via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111

Generally, this service is for children under the age of 14 years, however individual considerations may extend this in some cases for older children/young persons.

Referral instructions

The Department of Child Safety, GPs and other health professionals can send referrals for triaging via email or fax.

e: childprotectionlcch@health.qld.gov.au
f: 07 3068 2659

Referral forms are available on our Referral forms page.

Urgent referrals

If the concerns are of an urgent nature a verbal referral can be made and the Department of Child Safety will complete the medical referral.

Useful links

Child sexual abuse – Things you need to know
Child Abuse – What you need to know
Protecting children is Everyone’s Business – National framework 2009-2020
Child Protection and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

This service is available at

Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2660
f: 07 3068 2659
e: childprotectionLCCH@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.

A Child Protection and Forensic Medical Service Consultant is also available after hours, on public holidays and weekends via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111