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What is child protection?

Child protection means protecting children from abuse.

This could be:

  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect.

Abuse happens to children of all ages, from any social background or ethnic group. It usually involves a parent, another family member, or someone else caring for the child, but it could be anyone.

Child abuse of any kind is very serious and action must be taken quickly.

What should I do if I think that a child is being abused?

If you think that a child is being abused, you should contact us or the police. You could also contact the NSPCC, www.nspcc.org.uk or ChildLine on 0800 1111.

You do not have to give your name, and everything you say will be treated seriously.

What if I'm not sure whether a child is being abused or not?

You may not be certain that a child is being harmed, but if there is something that worries you, don't ignore it.

Contact us and tell us of your concerns. It is better to be safe than sorry. If it turns out that the child is fine you will not be in any trouble.

Related information

Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board

Find out more

The Department of Health website has more information about child protection.

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