A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing. Members of the public are in a unique position to spot concerns among children with whom they have contact – which may not be apparent to professionals.
It is better to help children as early as possible so that action can be taken to help the child and support the family concerned.
What stops people reporting?
One of the biggest barriers to reporting child abuse is that people fear being wrong and the consequences of that – potentially breaking up a family.
However, the reality is that information is usually gathered from many sources, and often any report made by a member of the public would form one part of a bigger picture. That said, a small piece of information could be the missing piece needed, so it is very important.
What can you do?
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. If you’re worried about a child, visit gov.uk/reportchildabuse or call Lambeth Children social care on 020 7926 5555. If you are a professional, speak to the Safeguarding lead within your organisation first.
The Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board together with the Adult Safeguarding Board have launched a new website www.LambethSafeguarding.org.uk where you can find useful information and support about keeping children, young people and adults safe whether you are a parent/carer, working with children, a citizen or a child or young person.