Safeguarding and child protection

Preventing and reporting abuse. Homeless children, abduction, serious case reviews, data collection.


  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. Apply for a child performance licence

    You may need a child performance licence for any child taking part in a public performance, sporting event or modelling assignment

  5. Stop someone getting a passport

    You might be able to stop someone getting a passport by applying for a court order - parental child abduction, vulnerable adults

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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. Direction issued to Northamptonshire county council
  2. Modern Slavery conference in Uruguay
  3. Criminal exploitation and ‘county lines’: learn from past mistakes, report finds
  4. British Embassy Bangkok and Ministry of Social Development & Human Security collaborate to improve handling of child protection and abduction
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Research and statistics

  1. Joint inspections of the response to child sexual abuse in the family environment
  2. Characteristics of children in need: 2017 to 2018
  3. Joint inspections of child sexual exploitation and missing children
  4. Joint inspections of the response to children experiencing neglect
  5. Allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham: Wanless and Whittam QC review
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Out-of-school settings: voluntary safeguarding code of practice
  2. Childcare workers: changes to disqualification arrangements
  3. Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance
  4. Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children
  5. Preventing homelessness through early intervention mediation
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
  2. Ofsted social care annual report 2016
  3. Parental responsibility measures: 2012 to 2013 academic year
  4. Local safeguarding children boards
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