We all have a responsibility to make sure children and young people are safe from harm or abuse. If you have any suspicion, or information, suggesting a child is being harmed, don't ignore it.
You can always ask for advice from Children's Social Care if you are not sure about a situation.
The information below may help if you think a child or young person is being harmed.
The following signs may be present in children whose parents are over-critical and emotionally distant, or who are unable to meet their child's emotional needs:
If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police on 0345 113 5000 or, call 999 in an emergency.
Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit: 024 7653 9044.
Social worker (out of office hours): 024 7683 2222.
If there is no immediate danger or you need advice or information, you should call the Referral and Assessment Service on 024 7678 8555.
If you want to discuss your concerns or need advice e.g. if you are not sure whether your concerns are justified, you would like more information about issues like confidentiality or you would like to know what happens next (after you have reported your concerns), do one of the following:
The Prevent Duty requires that if there are concerns that an individual may be vulnerable to radicalisation around violent extremism then these concerns need to be shared so that appropriate support is provided in order to safeguard those individuals. A partnership referral form has been prepared to make sure that it is easier to outline and submit the referrals.
To make a Prevent referral for a child or young person a referral form needs to be sent to both of the following email addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a referral, please complete the multi-agency referral form.
There is guidance about how the thresholds/ levels of need affect the type of referrals accepted by the local authority Children's Social Care, where children and young people require specialist / targeted interventions to keep them safe and promote their welfare.