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Child abuse. If you think it, report it

Overview

All children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. Anything you notice can help a child at risk. We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

Last year nearly 400,000 children in England were supported because someone noticed they needed help. To help protect a child or young person look out for changes in their Appearance, Behaviour and Communication (A B C).

It’s up to all of us to keep children safe. Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong. You don’t have to be absolutely certain; if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.

Report it anonymously to your local council, NSPCC or the police who can provide the support a child may need.

Information is gathered from many sources, and your report forms part of a bigger picture. Reporting your concerns to your local council, NSPCC, or the police, could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.

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