Safeguarding and child protection

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


  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. 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

  3. Find help to get your child back from abroad or arrange contact

    How to apply to have your child returned if they've been abducted, or arrange contact or enforce a court order in EU, Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention countries

  1. Teacher misconduct: referral form

    Referral forms for an allegation of serious misconduct by a teacher

  2. Tell Ofsted about a serious childcare incident: online form for local authorities

    Notification form for use by local authorities to tell Ofsted about serious childcare incidents for children living at home or in care.

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Guidance and regulation

  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. Working together to safeguard children
  3. 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

  1. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
  2. Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
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News and communications

  1. SoS writes to Nicola Dandridge (OfS) delegating Prevent monitoring duty

    • Department for Education
    • Correspondence
  2. Government outlines strengthened plans to tackle child abuse

    • Department for Education and Home Office
    • News story
  3. New children’s services inspections announced

    • Ofsted
    • Press release
  4. New safeguarding strategy boosts support for lone child migrants

    • Department for Education and Home Office
    • Press release
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Policy and engagement

  1. Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance
  2. Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children
  3. Re-inspection of inadequate local authorities
  1. Safeguarding unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
  2. Protecting learners from radicalisation: the prevent duty

    • Closed organisation: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department for Education
    • Policy paper
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  1. Improvement notice issued to Darlington borough council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  2. Improvement notice issued to Lambeth London borough council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  3. 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
  4. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  5. Characteristics of children in need: 2016 to 2017

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
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