9. Reporting Child Abuse
The Department for Education’s (DfE) campaign ‘You are the Missing Piece’ aims to encourage the public to report their concerns in order to get help to children more quickly.
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect, but research shows that currently a third of people who suspect child abuse don’t act on their suspicions.
Through the campaign the DfE hope to raise awareness of the signs to look out for which could indicate a child who is being abused or neglected and to remind members of the public who they should call if they are concerned about the wellbeing of a child.
Bath and North East Somerset has a dedicated children's social care team and you should call them if you think a child or young person is at risk of abuse or is being abused or neglected. The contact details are on the right hand side of this page.
You may not have all the answers, but the following questions will be asked:
Details about the child, such as name, address and date of birth (if known). Do not worry if you don’t have all of the details but try to give as much detail as you can.
The reasons for your call.
What happens once you’ve made a report?
4 step process
- Listening – when you call the social care team your call will be listened to and assessed.
- Information gathering - information is usually gathered from many sources, and your report will help form one part of a bigger picture
- Assessing – if concerns are raised about a child, a social worker will make an assessment and decide what support to provide.
- Deciding - it may be that the concern is unfounded and that no further action is required although all concerns are taken seriously.