Worried about a child?

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.

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

Contact us

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

  • Monday to Sunday (24 hours): 01942 828300

Professionals can report concerns using:

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.

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 Start Well 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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