If you have concerns that a child is suffering ANY form of neglect, abuse or cruelty, contact us immediately on:
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:
If you think that a child is at immediate risk, contact the police immediately on:
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.