Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Every single person who encounters a child or young person or his or her family has a role to play.

Safeguarding means keeping children and young people safe from harm and promoting their welfare and is about: 

  • having the knowledge and awareness to understand various types of abuse and neglect
  • what to look for and being able to identify the signs
  • knowing what steps to take if you suspect abuse
  • knowing what to do if a child or an adult tell you they are being abused.

If you are in any doubt about reporting a concern do not think ‘What if I’m wrong?’ -but instead think ‘What if I’m right? ‘

  • Trust your instinct – if something does not feel right, it probably is not
  • Do not ignore it
  • Do not assume someone else is doing something about the situation 

If you are worried or have a concern about a child or young person contact Northumbria Police on 101. If there is immediate danger contact 999.

For advice or to make a referral about a concern for a child or young person contact: 

Children’s Social Care Initial Response Service on 0191 277 2500 or the Emergency Duty Team at 0191 278 7878.

Practitioners should use the online referral form to refer concerns. Visit the Report a Concern webpage.