We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect. Anyone with real concerns that a child is being abused, or their safety is at risk, should speak to the council, NSPCC, or police.
Anything you notice can help a child at risk. Many people do not act because they're worried about being wrong. You don't have to be absolutely certain; if you're concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.
Following these simple steps, and reporting your concerns to your local council could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.
Four types of child abuse
- Physical Abuse: Deliberately physically hurting a child
- Emotional Abuse: Causing a child ongoing emotional harm
- Sexual Abuse: Any sexual activity with a child
- Neglect: Continually failing to meet a child's basic needs
What to look out for
To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect look out for changes in these characteristics.
- Appearance: Such as unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene
- Behaviour: Such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive or self-harming or any other sudden changes
- Communication: Such as talking aggressively, using sexual language or becoming secretive
Who can you talk to?
You have a number of options when it comes to reporting abuse anonymously. You can talk to:
What happens when you report it?
Your local council is there to help resolve your worries by following these four simple steps:
- Listening to your concerns
- Gathering information
- Assessing the whole picture
- Deciding what action to take
We all have a role to play.
Anything you notice can help a child at risk.