Safeguarding and child protection

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

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. 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. 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.

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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. Neglected older children missed

    • Ofsted, HM Inspectorate of Probation, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
    • Press release
  2. Children and Families Minister addresses ADCS conference

    • Department for Education
    • Speech
  3. Members announced for new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  4. Strengthened guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding

    • Department for Education
    • News story
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Policy and engagement

  1. Childcare workers: changes to disqualification arrangements
  2. Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance
  3. Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children

Transparency

  1. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Improvement notice issued to Darlington borough council

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

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
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