Most of us want the best for children. We want to make sure they are safe, protected and well-cared for. However, we know that some children do not receive the love, care or even basic support they need.
Many children and young people are not able to tell adults that they are being abused or neglected. They may be too afraid or have been told to keep what is happening a secret. They may not even understand that anything is wrong.
You may become concerned about the way a child looks or acts, how an adult behaves towards a child or because of something a child tells you. If a child discloses something to you, please take it seriously and act on it.
Signs to be concerned about in a parent/carer
If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or young person, it is important to listen to your instincts, they are rarely wrong.
When you contact Children and Families Services they will listen to your concerns. A worker will see if the child and family are currently receiving support, and if not, may contact the family to see if help is required.
If the allegation is serious, a child protection investigation may be carried out jointly with the police. In most cases, support will be provided to the family and the child will continue to live at home. In a few extremely serious cases, the child may be removed to a place of safety to stop them from being abused or neglected.
The NSPCC helpline (08088005000) is for anyone worried about a child. A trained helpline counsellor can offer help, advice and support 24/7.
Additional websites are available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.