'Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign
The Department for Education has launched the second phase of their ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign www.gov.uk/tacklechildabuse
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.
Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong.
You don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions; if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.
Signs of child abuse or neglect:
Look out for changes in:
- Appearance: Unexplained injuries, cuts or bruises or consistently poor hygiene.
- Behaviour: such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school. Being constantly tired.
- Communication: such as talking aggressively, self harming or becoming secretive and withdrawn.
If you suspect something, tell someone:
- Some people prefer to talk to their partner, a family member or a friend before they make a report, and that is perfectly fine.
- Find the contact details of your local children’s social care team (Local Authority) to report your concern.
- Alternatively, if you are worried about a child's immediate safety, contact the police by dialling 999.