Safeguarding Children - it's everyone's business!
We all have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote
the welfare of children and young people. Northumberland
Safeguarding Children Board has developed this website to provide
easily accessible and up-to-date safeguarding information for
professionals, children and young people, families and members of
The site also provides some information on a range of
safeguarding issues for parents and carers and children and young
people in Northumberland. We provide links to the websites of other
organisations where we know more advice on specific subjects is
Please use the buttons above to navigate
around the website.
Information is given below about what to do if you have concerns
about a child in Northumberland.
What to do if you are worried about a child or young
Children and young people have the right to grow up safe from
harm or abuse. If you think a child or young person is being abused
or mistreated or you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a
child or young person, you must contact your locality
Team, or the Out of Hours contact number which
is 0845 600 5252 - you cannot make a referral from this
All concerns about children and young people are treated
seriously and in confidence. Your name will not be given to anyone
else without your permission.
Most people feel anxious about making a referral about a child
to social workers, mainly because they do not want to make a
mistake or make things worse. It is always best to get
advice and be wrong than do nothing and allow a child to
Talking through your concerns can help clarify whether there is
something to be worried about or not - don't
think 'what if I am wrong?' - think 'what if I am
Advice for adult survivors of child abuse and
Victims of child abuse can be affected by the
experience during adulthood. If you are an adult who experienced
child abuse, help is available from the
the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 email email@example.com text 88858 and
talk to a counsellor.
Where to find more help and advice
NHS choices: Information on therapy and counselling
available from the NHS and through your GP. Lists other
organisations providing talking therapy services.
It's good to talk: British
Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) website to
explain what to expect from counselling and psychotherapy.
Includes a directory of therapists and counsellors.
National Association for People Abused
in Childhood (NAPAC): A charity providing a free telephone
support line and email for anyone abused in childhood.
The Survivors Trust (TST):
A national umbrella agency for over 130 specialist rape, sexual
violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations
throughout the UK and Ireland.
Foundation: A national charity supporting children and
adults affected by childhood sexual abuse.