What to do if you are worried about a Child
What is abuse?Abuse can come in many guises but the 4 main categories are:
Often more than one form of abuse can be happening to a child . It is difficult to give a
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
definitive answer as to what may be seen as abuse so please get advice if you suspect it is
happening to a child you know. Please don't ignore it ...you may be able to save a child's
life.What to do if you think a child may be at risk of abuse or neglectKeeping children safe is everyones responsibility. Members of the public, as well as staff in
helping agencies, can play a vital role in helping to protect children from abuse or neglect.
Whilst the child's welfare is always the most important consideration, there is also a duty on
professionals to work in partnership with parents, to provide support where necessary and
to ensure that children remain with their families wherever possible.
If any member of the public thinks a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect, they should
contact the local Childrens Services (formerly known as Social Services) or the NSPCC
SAFER communication tool: guidelines for communication between Health and LA
Social Care staff when a child may be suffering or is likely to suffer significant
harm.For children who live in Redcar & ClevelandThe First Contact TeamRedcar & Cleveland Childrens Services Seafield HouseKirkleatham StreetRedcarRedcar & Cleveland TS101SPTel: (01642) 771500Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team - Tel: (08702) 402994NSPCC National HelplineTel: (0808) 8005000If a member of the public considers that there is an emergency situation, they should dial
999 for the Police.