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Are You Worried About a Child?

If you have concerns that a child is being harmed the worst thing you can do is nothing

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board (NCSCB) has produced information, which outlines the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect.

Most of us, at some time, will have a concern about a child who lives in our community. However, we don't always know what to do, whether to involve ourselves in someone else's business or who to tell.

Everyone, irrespective of whether they work directly with children and their families, has a responsibility to ensure that children's well-being is safeguarded and promoted. The worst thing you can do if you have concerns is nothing.

How do I know if a Child is Being Abused?

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board (NCSCB) has produced information, which outlines the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. This may help you decide whether a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being abused or neglected.

Indicators of Child Abuse Leaflet

In addition, the DCSF has produced a booklet called "What to do if you are worried a child is being abused", which provides information about the Child Protection Process, and details what to do, what will happen next, and any further contribution you may need to make to the process.

What to do if you are worried about a child - Summary

The NCSCB has produced a leaflet which outlines the process of what may happen should you tell Children's Social Care that a child or young person is being abused or is in distress.

Who to Contact

Police

If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the Police - 999 immediately.

Alternatively, if you feel the child is a risk of abuse or neglect, but not in immediate need of protection, you should call the Police on 101.


Children's Social Care

If you make the decision to contact Children's Social Care, and the child or young person lives in Nottingham city, please call 0115 876 4800.

Children and Families Direct is operational Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Outside of these hours the telephone number should be used for emergency safeguarding enquiries only.

You may be worried about the repercussions of reporting your concerns to Children's Social Care, both for yourself and your family. The person making the call will always be asked for their name and contact details - so you can be contacted again if needed. However, you can ask for your details to remain confidential, or provide information anonymously.


NSPCC

If you are an adult who wants to speak to someone because you are worried about a child's safety or wellbeing but are not sure what to do, you can phone the NSPCC Free Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

If You Don't Feel Listened To

If you are worried about any child or young person, and you do not feel your concerns are being listened to or acted upon, please ensure you report this to Helen Blackman, Children’s Integrated Services, Alison Michalska, Corporate Director for Children and Adults or to Samantha Danyluk, Service Manager CFD-MASH and Duty Service (including EDT) and they will personally ensure your concerns are followed up.

 

Helen Blackman, Director of Children’s Integrated Services, Nottingham City CouncilHelen.Blackman@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Tel: 0115 876 4710

 

Alison Michalska, Corporate Director of Children and Adults, Nottingham City Council: Alison.Michalska@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Tel: 0115 876 3332

 

Samantha Danyluk, Service Manager CFD-MASH and Duty Service (including EDT): Samantha.Danyluk@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Tel: 0115 876 2905

 

Domestic Abuse

Identification, Assessment and Referral

The DASH RIC form should be used by all non-police staff or volunteers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who receive a disclosure of domestic abuse.

The form allows you to assess the risk to the person experiencing abuse and make an appropriate referral for support. To refer a case to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) you must complete this form and send it securely using the contact information on the form.

Please click here to access the DASH RIC form

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