Child abuse – if you think it, report it

Barnsley Council and the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board are continuing their support for “Together, we can tackle child abuse”, a Government campaign led by the Department for Education. 

The campaign encourages members of the public to help protect children and young people by reporting any concerns of abuse or neglect to their local council. 

Everybody has a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. But right now, some people do not report their concerns because they’re not certain of the signs, don’t know where to report, or are worried about being wrong. This means that Barnsley Council could be missing out on vital information they need to keep children safe from harm. 

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: “All children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. Anything you notice can help a child at risk. We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

“It’s up to all of us to keep children safe. 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.

“Information is gathered from many sources, and your report forms part of a bigger picture. Reporting your concerns to your local council, NSPCC, or the police, could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.” 

This campaign aims to tackle the barriers that stop people reporting, educating people about signs to spot and how to report, so that children and young people at risk get the help they need more quickly. 

To help protect a child or young person, Barnsley residents are asked to look out for changes in their Appearance, Behaviour and Communication (A B C).

Any concerns can be reported anonymously to Barnsley Council on (01226) 772423, the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or if the child is in immediate danger call the police on 999 or (01142) 202020. All of these organisations can provide the support a child may need.

For more information on how to spot the signs and how to report child abuse visit www.gov.uk/tacklechildabuse

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