Abstract When a professional finds himself in a situation of child abuse, the question of putting the child into care arises quickly. Consequently, personal views and images of children in care come to mind but this also brings up a desire and sometimes a duty to act. Act to protect the child by moving him away from the source of the aggression. The clinician should be mindful of acting hastily and must nevertheless evaluate the legitimacy of moving the child away. The article suggests discussing the evaluation criteria for putting the child into care, starting with the experience of a multi-disciplinary team which offers help and care to abused minors.