Worried about a child?
Do you think a child or young person you know might be suffering from any of the following?
- Physical abuse – being hit, kicked or punched
- Physical neglect – not being properly fed or clothed or suffering from poor hygiene
- Sexual abuse – exposed to inappropriate sexual behaviour, language or assault
- Emotional abuse – constantly criticised, ignored, humiliated or being exposed to domestic violence
What should you do to help?
- Act promptly
- Make a note of your concerns and act promptly by contacting us on 01908 253169/253170 or the Emergency Social Work Team out of office hours on 01908 265545. Alternatively, you can email the Children team.
- Give as much information as you can about the child or family
- ignore your concerns
- assume someone else will call
- try to resolve the situation yourself
You can also speak to a health visitor, doctor or teacher and ask for their advice and support.
Safeguarding is everybody's business.
If you are worried about an adult, please see "Worried about an adult at risk?"
Last Updated: 10 February 2020