Together, we can tackle child abuse is a Government campaign, led by the Department for Education.
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. But right now, some people do not report their concerns because they’re not certain of the signs, don’t know where to report, or are worried about being wrong. This means that local councils could be missing out on vital information they need to keep children safe from harm.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing information on:
- Four types of abuse. Physical – deliberately physically hurting a child, Emotional – causing ongoing emotional harm, Sexual- any sexual activity with a child and Neglect – continually failing to meet a child’s needs.
- ABC. Look out for changes in a child’s Appearance - unusual injuries and poor hygiene Behaviour – becoming withdrawn, anxious or disruptive Communication – this could be aggression or sexual language.
- Spot the signs. Follow the ABC signs to spot abuse, even if you’re unsure whether you’re wrong you should still report your concerns. If you think it, report it.
Each week we will be covering one of these areas in more detail.
You can report your concerns anonymously to Gloucestershire County Council, NSPCC or the police who can provide the support a child may need.
Last year nearly 400,000 children in England were supported because someone noticed they needed help.
To find out more visit gov.uk/tacklechildabuse
Together, we can tackle child abuse