Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation

Online safety. Reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse. Female genital mutilation (FGM).

Services

  1. Report child abuse to your local council

    Contact your local authority if you think a child or young person is at risk or is being abused or neglected

  2. Get a copy of a child abuse assessment or child protection plan

    Letter to get evidence that social services think your child has been abused or is at risk, if you're applying for legal aid.

  3. Get a copy of a finding of fact of child abuse

    Use this sample letter to get evidence that your partner abused a child, if you're applying for legal aid.

  1. Get a copy of a police caution for child abuse

    Use this letter to get evidence a partner has been cautioned by police for child abuse, if you're applying for legal aid.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Working together to safeguard children
  2. The law on leaving your child on their own

    The law doesn't say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it's an offence to leave a child alone if it puts them at risk

  3. Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners
  1. Report child abuse

    Tell the local authority if you're worried that a child is being neglected or abused - call 999 if they’re in immediate danger

    • Answer
  2. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
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News and communications

  1. Government outlines strengthened plans to tackle child abuse

    • Department for Education and Home Office
    • News story
  2. Prevention and repair essential in domestic abuse cases

    • Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, Closed organisation: HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service
    • Press release
  3. Hundreds of schools sign up for first ever national safety tool

    • Department for Education and Government Equalities Office
    • Press release
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Policy and engagement

  1. Childcare workers: changes to disqualification arrangements
  2. Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children
  1. Allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham: Wanless and Whittam QC review

    • Home Office
    • Independent report
  2. Safeguarding unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
  3. FGM and forced marriage: declaration on progress

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Education, Department for International Development, Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, and Government Equalities Office
    • Policy paper
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Transparency

  1. Joint inspections of child sexual exploitation and missing children

    • Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, Closed organisation: HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HM Inspectorate of Probation, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
    • Research
  2. Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children

    • Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
    • Research
  3. Multisystemic therapy for adolescent problematic sexual behaviour

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  4. Child abuse linked to faith or belief: literature review

    • Department for Education
    • Research
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