Recognising Signs of Abuse
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new campaign: “Together, we can tackle child abuse” to remind everyone of the need to share concerns they might have about children and young people. The campaign highlights one single weblink to access all local authority’s reporting webpage or phone number: gov.uk/report-child-abuse
Child abuse includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. You can read more about the signs of child abuse.
You don’t need to be sure that a child or young person has been abused - it’s OK to report a suspicion.
What happens when you report it
The person who answers your call will decide what to do. For example, they might:
- gather more information
- ask a social worker to look into it
- contact the police
They won’t be able to tell you what happens next, because of confidentiality.
Contact the NSPCC if you want to discuss your concerns and get advice.