What to do if you're worried a child is being abused

This publication was withdrawn on 26 March 2015

This content has been archived as it has been replaced by the revised advice ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’.

Departmental advice providing best practice information for those who work with children in order to safeguard their welfare.



This departmental advice is for:

  • local authorities
  • health workers

It relates to:

  • social care
  • education services
  • criminal justice services

The advice explains:

  • how to indentify a child in need of help
  • the signs of abuse to look out for
  • the process to follow if you think a child is being abused

A summary is also available.