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Home Information for Residents Children and Families Safeguarding Are You Worried About a Child's Well-being?

Worried about a child

If you have concerns that a child is being harmed the worst thing you can do is nothing. Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP) has produced information, which outlines the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect.

Most of us, at some time, will have a concern about a child who lives in our community. However, we don't always know what to do, whether to involve ourselves in someone else's business or who to tell. 

Everyone, irrespective of whether they work directly with children and their families, has a responsibility to ensure that children's well-being is safeguarded and promoted. The worst thing you can do if you have concerns is nothing.

How do I know if a Child is Being Abused?

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP) has produced information, which outlines the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. This may help you decide whether a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being abused or neglected.

To View the document, please click below to download the PDF File.

Also, the Department for Education has produced a booklet called "What to do if you are worried a child is being abused", which provides information about the Child Protection Process, and details what to do, what will happen next, and any further contribution you may need to make to the process.

To View the document, please click below to download the PDF File.

The NCSCP has produced a leaflet which outlines the process of what may happen should you tell Children's Social Care that a child or young person is being abused or is in distress.

Who to Contact

Police

If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the Police  999 immediately.

Alternatively, if you feel the child is a risk of abuse or neglect, but not in immediate need of protection, you should call the Police on 101.

Multi Agency Safeguarding (Children) Hub (City MASH)

The City MASH receives referrals in respect of children were there are worries about their welfare.

For further information, please visit the City MASH webpage at Multi Agency Safeguarding Children Hub (MASH) - Nottingham City Council

NSPCC

If you are an adult who wants to speak to someone because you are worried about a child's safety or wellbeing but are not sure what to do, you can phone the NSPCC Free Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Downloads

Click below to download and view the Where to turn when you’re  worried about a child