We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. 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.
The DfE give the following guidance below:
To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect look out for changes in these characteristics:
Appearance: such as unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene.
Behaviour: such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive or self-harming or any other sudden changes in behaviour.
Communication: such as talking aggressively, using sexual language or becoming secretive.
Your local council is there to help resolve your worries by following these four simple steps;
Listening to your concerns.
Assessing the whole picture.
Deciding what action to take.
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