Are you worried that a child or young person is at risk?
There are some common signs that a young person may be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect. These could include:
- unexplained changes in behaviour or personality
- becoming withdrawn
- seeming anxious
- becoming uncharacteristically aggressive
- lacks social skills and has few friends, if any
- poor bond or relationship with a parent
- knowledge of adult issues inappropriate for their age
- running away or going missing
- always choosing to wear clothes which cover their body
For more information about types of abuse and more signs of abuse visit the NSPCC webpages.
Sometimes these signs may not be obvious but if you feel there is something wrong make the call - don’t think 'what if I’m wrong', think 'what if I’m right'.
Your call can make the difference in keeping a child safe and you can share your concerns anonymously.
If they are in immediate danger call 999. If it’s not an emergency, call your local social services. Alternatively, you can call 101.
The contact information for social services is available via your local safeguarding boards.