Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

During this pandemic children and young people may be out of sight, but they might not be out of harm’s way.

If you have concerns, don’t ignore it, report it.

Changes in circumstances and pressure due to the Coronavirus pandemic means harm to children and vulnerable adults could increase.  This might be through domestic abuse, neglect, exploitation, physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, alcohol or drug misuse, or mental health issues. Children are not being seen regularly by school staff or health professionals, which means it will be harder for them to tell anyone if something is wrong.

People who are working in roles where they may come into contact with households are the eyes and ears of the community right now, and could be crucial in recognising a child or person who needs help.

Signs to look out for:

  • An unsafe home or garden eg broken glass, insecure doors or windows, signs of drugs
  • Children who look scared, dirty, hungry or cold
  • Young children being left alone
  • Injuries such as cigarette burns, black eyes, grab marks, cuts to wrists
  • Adults under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Loud arguments and conflict in front of children

What to do:

Trust your instincts.  If something doesn’t feel right or you have a concern, don’t ignore it, report it.  It might turn out to be nothing, but it is better that it is looked into.

If a crime is in progress or there is a danger to life, you should always call 999 immediately.

If you need to speak to the police but it is not an emergency, dial 101 or use the live web chat function.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing use Type Talk 18001 101.

If you want to report a crime, but wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

To report concerns to your local Safeguarding Hub contact –

  • Bradford  - 01274 435600 (Out of office hours – 01274 431010)
  • Calderdale – 01422 393336 (Out of hours – 01422 288000)
  • Kirklees – 01484 456848
  • Leeds – 0113 2224403
  • Wakefield – 03458 503503

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