Reporting child protection concerns

 

No one should be abused.  If you are a child or young person and you or one of your friends is at risk of being harmed, or if you have concerns that a child or young person is being abused or neglected, please let us know so we can help:

 

During the day

At night-time/weekends

Police (emergency)

If a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm

999 999

Police (non-emergency)

If you are concerned about a child who is not at immediate risk of harm

101 101

Social Services

01786 471177 01786 470500

Health

Contact your General Practitioner or local Health Centre  

Reporter to the Children's Panel

0300 200 1555  

Reporting concerns

If you wish to remain anonymous when you report a case of suspected child abuse, you can. However, it is helpful if you give your contact details as there might be further information you could give. The family will not be given your details unless you agree.

Any information about you will be treated with care. Any details, including your name, will not be revealed unless the child's safety requires it. Even if you do not give your name, enquiries can still be made into the child's care and welfare. However, withholding your name may make it more difficult for those looking into these concerns.   Any information you give may need to be shared with other professionals to ensure appropriate action is taken to protect the child.

What happens next

When you contact a professional about your concern that a child is being abused, unless the child is in immediate danger, they will make some initial enquiries before taking action. They will check whether the child is known to Services, such as Education, Health, Police and Social Service professionals.  All information will be treated seriously and acted upon. This may lead to immediate action or a more planned response.

You will be advised of the process in the case of suspect child abuse, but the outcome of an investigation will remain confidential.