Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners

Guidance to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take.

Applies to England



This guidance is for anyone who comes into contact with children and families while working, including:

  • social care practitioners
  • health practitioners
  • early years practitioners
  • school staff (both teaching and non-teaching)
  • police officers
  • local authorities

It applies to people working in the:

  • statutory sector (organisations set up, controlled and funded by the government)
  • voluntary sector (not for profit organisations)
  • independent sectors (organisations funded by the clients who use the service)

It explains:

  • the signs of abuse and neglect to look out for
  • the action to take if you think a child is being abused or neglected
Published 26 March 2015