Department for Education launches campaign to tackle child abuse

Published on: Thursday, 03-March-2016

The Department for Education has today (3 March) launched a campaign – Together we can tackle child abuse - which aims to raise awareness of child abuse and importantly ensure people with information know how to report it.

The campaign also aims to tackle the barriers that stop people taking action against all forms of abuse and neglect.

Most people find the decision to report child abuse a difficult one. They worry about overreacting or being wrong.  You don’t need to be absolutely certain of what you’ve seen or heard to call your local children’s social care team. Information is usually gathered from many sources, and your report would form one part of a bigger picture.

Another big worry people have is that someone will find out they have made a report, but this is unlikely to happen as you can make the call anonymously.  Some people don’t report suspected abuse because they think it might just be a one-off. But even if that is the case, every child deserves to be protected and it is better to be safe than sorry.

To spot the signs of child abuse and neglect, look for changes in:-

Appearance – such as frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts.

Behaviour – such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, being constantly tired.

Communication – such as sexual or aggressive language, self harming, becoming secretive, reluctant to share information or being overly obedient.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, visit www.gov.uk/reportchildabuse to find out how you can report it and what the next steps are.