Last updated 3 August 2016

If, before a child is born, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety) suspects the child may be in need of protection after birth, they may take action they consider appropriate. This can include investigating the circumstances and assessing whether the child will need protection after they are born.

Child Safety can also offer help and support to the pregnant woman, and if the unborn child is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, Child Safety, with the consent of the pregnant woman, will consult with the appropriate recognised entity (s 21A Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld)).