Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation

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


  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Working together to safeguard children
  2. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners
  3. Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners
  4. Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation
  5. Ofsted safeguarding policy
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News and communications

  1. Modern Slavery conference in Uruguay
  2. Criminal exploitation and ‘county lines’: learn from past mistakes, report finds
  3. New Council for Internet Safety in the UK
  4. Strengthened guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding
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Research and statistics

  1. Joint inspections of the response to child sexual abuse in the family environment
  2. Joint inspections of child sexual exploitation and missing children
  3. Joint inspections of the response to children experiencing neglect
  4. Allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham: Wanless and Whittam QC review
  5. Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Childcare workers: changes to disqualification arrangements
  2. Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children
  3. Safeguarding unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children
  4. FGM and forced marriage: declaration on progress
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