Child protection

Report abuse

If you have concerns that a child is suffering ANY form of neglect, abuse or cruelty, contact us immediately on:

01926 410410

Lines are open from:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 6.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Out of hours

If you need to get in touch out of usual office hours, please contact the Local Children’s Team immediately on:

01926 886922


Emergency contact

If you think that a child is at immediate risk, contact the police immediately on:

999

Worried or concerned about a child?

You do not need to know everything about the child and what is happening just to be worried, or feel that everything is not right.

It is important to know:

  • Protecting children is everybody’s business
  • Adults have a moral responsibility to report abuse
  • If in doubt share your concerns about children with someone. You can ask for advise from Warwickshire Children’s Teams – see the number below:
  • Reporting concerns rarely leads to a child being removed and often can lead to help being put into the family so improvements can be made that help the whole family
  • Act now – long-term abuse is damaging for children

Recognising child abuse

Child abuse can take four forms, all of which can cause long term damage to a child: physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse.

A child may be experiencing abuse if he or she is:

  • Frequently dirty, hungry or inadequately dressed
  • Left in unsafe situations or without medical attention
  • Constantly “put down”, insulted, sworn at or humiliated
  • Seems afraid of parents or carers
  • Severely bruised or injured
  • Displays sexual behaviour which doesn’t seem appropriate for their age
  • Growing up in a home where there is domestic violence
  • Living with parents or carers involved in serious drug or alcohol abuse
  • Remember, this list does not cover every child abuse possibility. You may have seen other things in the child’s behaviour or circumstances that worry you.

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