Safeguarding children and young people from harm is everybody's responsibility. Most children generally enjoy safe and happy childhood experiences within their own family, but unfortunately for some this is not the case. During difficult family times everyone has a responsibility to protect children from future harm. Good child care begins even before a child is born.

If you have safeguarding concerns visit for more information.

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child, please contact the Duty and Assessment Team for Children’s Social Care on 01253 477299. You do not have to give your name or personal details if you wish to remain anonymous.

Social workers will follow up every report where they believe a child may be at risk of harm. They will talk to other people who know the child and may be able to provide a clearer picture, such as teachers, health visitors and members of the child's family.

After this, either:

  • No further action will be taken
  • Help and support will be offered to the family
  • An investigation will take place

If you believe a child to be at immediate risk, please call the police on 999.

If you have any worries, concerns or questions contact your Early Parenthood Nurse

You can contact us by phone or email. Click on 'how to contact us' for further details.