Information for parents, carers and the public
Are you a Parent or a Guardian?
Protecting children is your responsibility
The safety and welfare of children - or child protection - is
everyone's business. You could be a neighbour, friend, parent,
relative, child minder, teacher or doctor - or working for any
organisation which has contact with children and young people.
Child protection means protecting children from physical,
emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. It also means helping
children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.
Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within
their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case.
During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do
the best they can to protect them from future harm.
This section is about assisting parents or guardians in
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people. We hope you will find the information useful.
What is abuse?
A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by
failing to act to prevent harm. Children and young people may be
abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting; by
those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger. For more
information about abuse and spotting its signs see What is abuse and neglect?
For more information about issues affecting children and young
people, click ‘view more’ under the ‘More in Parents, carers, and
the public’ column on the right-hand side of the page.
Worried about a child or young person?
If you want to report any abuse or discuss concerns in relation
to children and young people please contact:
In an emergency call the police on 999.