Reporting Child Abuse

Anything you notice can help a child at risk.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

Many people do not act because they're worried about being wrong.

You don't have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions; if you're concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.

All children have the right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.

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If You Think It, Report It

Following these simple steps and reporting your concerns to your local children's social care team could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.

What to do if you suspect

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you might want to talk it through with your partner, a family member or a friend before you make a report.

But if you do have concerns, you should report them your local children's social care team (Local Authority) or if you are worried about a child's immediate safety, contact the police by dialling 999.

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Signs to spot

Look out for changes such as in appearance – any unexplained injuries, cuts or bruises or consistently poor hygiene; in behaviour - demanding, aggressive, constantly tired, frequent lateness or absence from school; in communication - talking aggressively, self harming or becoming secretive and withdrawn.

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What happens when you report

When you contact your local children's social care team (Local Authority), your concern will be listened to carefully and assessed as it could form one part of a bigger picture. A social worker will make an assessment and decide what support to provide. It may be that the concerns are unfounded and that no further action is necessary, although all concerns are taken seriously.

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Special Report Week

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