Worried about a child?

Warning signs

There are many possible signs of abuse, ranging from physical injury to changes in behaviour. Alternatively you may witness an incident or the child may tell you that he/she is being harmed.

If you are a professional reporting concerns regarding a child please complete the professional referral response form.

What to say

Explain exactly what you have seen or been told. If you can, keep a note of dates, injuries and the exact words used.

Contact us

If you are worried about the welfare or safety of a child it is very important that you contact us:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:45am - 7:50pm: 01942 828300
  • Monday to Friday, 7:50pm - 8.45am; Saturday and Sunday: 01942828777

We take child protection very seriously and will always respond to concerns raised about a child who may be at risk of suffering harm.

Other contacts

As well as speaking to us, you can also contact:

  • Police: 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency
  • Parentline Plus: 0808 8002 222
  • NSPCC: 0808 8005 000

Support services

We also have a number of support services available to young people (aged 0-19) and their families. 

The gateway service can provide:

  • Support for those who are experiencing issues around school attendance, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, drugs and alcohol usage, housing, health and child poverty
  • Practical help to deal with problems
  • Support to get involved in positive activities
  • Help to learning providers to improve standards and reduce barriers for children in learning and reaching their full potential.

The Targeted Disability Service service:

  • Undertakes assessments for families with children with significant disabilities
  • Gives advice and guidance in regards to clubs, groups or services or for those whose needs cannot be met elsewhere, a range of services are available including home care, day care, sitting and overnight stay facilities.

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