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Together we can tackle child abuse

Together we can tackle child abuse

We are supporting a national campaign led by Department for Education (DfE) to encourage people to report child abuse. The ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ campaign launched on Thursday 3 March 2016 and aims to change perceptions and raise awareness of how people can report concerns, changing the social norm. A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing because they are worried about being wrong.

You can report child abuse the following ways -

  • telephone 999 if the child is at immediate risk
  • telephone 101 if you think a crime has been commited
  • telephone 01482 300 300

Spotting the signs of child abuse

To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect, look for changes in -

Appearance – such as frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or a parent regularly collecting children from school when drunk

Behaviour - such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired

Communication – such as sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information or being overly obedient

Visit GOV.UK to find out more information about what happens once you report child abuse  (link opens in new window)

In 2014 - 2015, more than 400,000 children in England were supported because someone noticed they needed help.

George & Dragon and ICM Unlimited interviewed a representative sample of 2,504 British adults aged 18+. Fieldwork was conducted online between the 10 and 30 July 2015 on behalf of DfE. In Yorkshire and the Humber research shows -

  • 10 per cent of people have suspected a child has been or is suffering child abuse or neglect
  • 39 per cent of the public are putting off reporting because they might be wrong
  • over a quarter would wait until they are absolutely certain abuse or neglect was taking place before making a report
  • a third of all people would find reporting child abuse and neglect more challenging than delivering news about the death of a friend or family member

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