Should I be worried that a child is being abused?

You may be worried or afraid about sharing the concerns you have, and what will happen as a result - especially if you're in contact with the family. You may not be sure that a child is actually being harmed, or think that you do not have enough information to pass on.

But remember...unless you tell someone, there's no way of checking whether or not that child needs help, and abuse may continue. You may have a key piece of information that will help Children's Services to make the best decisions about a child. Your referral may also ensure that support is given to a family.

If you are unsure about whether or not to make a referral, please talk to the duty social worker, and decide together on the best course of action for the child.




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