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Safeguarding

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Everyone has the right to live free from harm, abuse and negelct. Children, young people and vulnerable adults have the legal right to be protected from harm to enable them to grow and develop in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.

Safeguarding children is everyone's business. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

If a child is in immediate danger, you should contact the police by dialling 999

If you have concerns about a child or young person suffering from harm, neglect or abuse, but believe they are not at immediate risk, call 0121 569 3100

Useful advice and information

Child sexual exploitation and abuse

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) happens when a young person is encouraged or forced to take part in sexual activity. It might be in exchange for presents, money, alcohol or simply emotional attention. Child Sexual Abuse is the sexual abuse of a child or young person More…

Bullying

Bullying and cyberbullying can happen to anyone. Name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone is not okay, whether it happens at school, at home or online. The effects of bullying can be prolonged and can affect someone's emotional and mental wellbeing. If More…

Knife crime

Carrying knives is an increasing problem in society, with young people feeling the need to have to be armed with a knife. The biggest concern and risk is that if a young person carries a knife they will almost definitely use it in situations where they More…

Criminal exploitation and gang culture

There is a growing culture amongst young people to become involved in gangs for protection, a sense of identity, status, friendship, money and sex. Joining a gang will not give you more protection; it could enhance your chance of being targeted as a victim. Gang members make far More…

Radicalisation

Radicalisation is when an individual or group adopt extreme political, social, or religious views that can lead to violence. Spotting the signs of radicalisation Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include: isolating themselves from family and More…

Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic abuse is behaviour from a family member, partner or ex-partner that: is controlling, coercive, threatening, violent or abusive happens between people aged over 16 Domestic violence and abuse can happen to men or women. If you're a woman you can call the National Domestic More…

Parenting guide to online and digital safety

Kids are spending more and more time online, so as parents you need advice to help keep them safe. You may feel out of touch with Snapchat and Instagram. Do you know who they are chatting to online, what they are uploading, who they are More…