Social Services departments have a legal duty to protect children and young people under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.
This means we must investigate all allegations of abuse or concerns of neglect which are reported to us.
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, or a child tells you that they are being abused, please contact 01495 762200 (or 0800 328 4432 for out of office emergencies) and tell them it is a Child Protection referral. If the child is at immediate risk of harm, telephone the police.
Abuse can take many forms:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
Domestic abuse also has a detrimental effect on a child’s well-being.
If you are a child or young person who is being abused, don’t suffer in silence. Tell someone.
When a concern is raised, we will make enquiries, usually starting by visiting the child and the family. This is usually done with the police.
If there are concerns that a visit to the family home would put the child at more risk of harm, then we will first make enquiries of other professionals who might know the child and their family, e.g. the school, their health visitor or school nurse, their GP, a youth worker.
If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, please do not keep them to yourself.
Last Modified: 13/06/2019
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