Keeping young people and children safe is everyone's business. If you have any concern about a child or young person's welfare please don't ignore it - do something about it.
If you suspect a child under the age of 18 who lives in the mid Essex area is being neglected, mistreated, or abused, you must report it.
There are four different categories of abuse:
Further information can be accessed by clicking here.
The contact details of the Essex safeguarding children Board Family Operations Hub are available here.
If you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the police.
The free NSPCC Advice and Information Service is available 24 hours a day.
Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Further advice and information can be found here.
The Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) document contains further guidance on identifying child maltreatment. This document is currently being updated (2018).
Further advice and information can be found (226 KB) here.