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 https://www.nscb.org.uk/have-concerns-about-child