Reporting Concerns about a Child
What can I do if I am worried about a child?
Tell someone who can help.
Members of the public have an important role to play in helping to protect children from harm.
If you think a child is being abused, or at risk of being abused, tell:
In an emergency you should always ring 999
You should not try to sort the matter out yourself, or confront an alleged abuser.
Do not worry about being mistaken. It is better to tell someone who knows about protecting children than it is to say nothing.
What if a child or young person tells me that they're being abused?
- Show that you are listening and that you are taking the matter seriously.
- Write down what you have heard using the exact words where possible.
- Explain that you will need to share what you have been told with someone who knows about protecting children.
- Ring Social Services, the Police or the NSPCC and tell them what you know.
What should I do if I am worried about someone's behaviour towards a child or young person?
- Don't dismiss your concerns or leave it to someone else to take action.
- Ring Social Services, the Police or the NSPCC and tell them what's worrying you.
- Who Should I contact?
If you have any doubts about sharing or reporting your concerns,
Don’t think what if I’m Wrong – think what if I’m Right!
MULTI-AGENCY REFERRAL FORM
Please see the below form and supporting information on how to complete the form.
If you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child, contact:
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Updated on 3/8/17