What to do if You are Worried About a Child

What to do if you are worried about child abuse [external link]

This guidance provides best guidance for those who work with children in order to safeguard their welfare. It also contains an appendix to help practitioners with the legal affecting the sharing of information

The guidance also provides general information for anyone whose brings them into contact with children and families, focusing particularly on those who work in social care, health, education and criminal justice services.

Addressing issues affecting each of these targets audiences, the document outlines the following:

  • What you should do if you have concerns about a child’s welfare
  • What will happen once you have informed someone about those concerns
  • And what further contribution you may be asked or expected to make to the processes of assessments, planning, working with children and reviewing that work