Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. The signs of child abuse are not always obvious, and can vary depending on the type of abuse. If you are worried or concerned about anyone under the age of 18 who you think is being abused or neglected, then you should contact the
Children’s Helpdesk on 01452 426565 or
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment; a person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm. It can happen over a period of time, but can also be a one off event. Child abuse and neglect have major long term impacts on all aspects of the child's health, development and wellbeing.
If you have a concern about a child or young person, please compete the Multi Agency Service Request Form (MARF).
If your concern is urgent contact the Children and Families Helpdesk on 01452 426565 (during office hours), or if you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child please contact the Police.
Further advice and support including information about the different types of abuse, what to do if you are worried about a child and resources for professionals is available on the GSCP website.