This part of the website is for ‘parents’ and ‘carers’, including anyone with parental responsibility, children’s relatives, friends and neighbours who need information or advice.
The safety and welfare of children – or safeguarding – is everyone’s business. Safeguarding means protecting children from physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.
Most children generally enjoy happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to keep them safe and protect them from future harm.
If you are suspicious or have any concerns that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, see our reporting concerns page.