Report a concern
Anyone who has concerns about the welfare of a child or young person (for example if a child you know is being abused or neglected, bullied or is a victim of crime) has a responsibility to stop it from happening.
If urgent action is needed because you think a child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
If you want to discuss your concerns or need advice (for example if you are not sure if your concerns are justified) please contact us on any of the following telephone numbers -
- Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHASH) on 01482 448 879 during normal office hours
- Emergency Duty Team on 01482 300 304 out of normal office hours
As a member of the public, you do not have to give your name and contact details if you do not wish to. If you do give your name, you can ask that your identity is not revealed to the parents and carer of the child concerned.
As a professional you will need to share your identity with the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub when raising a concern.
What happens after your have reported a concern?
All child protection concerns will be taken seriously.
Where the concerns you have raised are accepted as a referral, the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub will decide what should happen next. Usually this involves starting an enquiry and you may be contacted for further information.
Due to the confidential nature of this work, you will not be given detailed information about the outcome of an enquiry. However, you will be told whether an enquiry is taking place.