also known as: Child Protection, E-Safety, Protecting Children, Social Services, Worried about a Child?.
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 public. 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 available.
What to do if you are worried about a child or young
.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, you must speak to someone immediately. You can ring the
Safeguarding Team on 01670 623980 (office hours)
who will connect you to your local Children’s
Social Care Team or ring 01670
822386 (out of hours).
In an emergency, phone the police 999.
Although it is a difficult
decision to make, there may be times when those working with young
children will want to report to Ofsted their concerns about the
safeguarding practices and procedures of other
professionals/volunteers working with children.
You can contact the Ofsted
hotline in three ways.
Before you contact
Read your employer’s
whistleblowing policy and then raise your concerns with your
employer. If your employer does not have a whistleblowing policy,
or if you are still not sure how to raise your concerns with your
employer or someone else, it is suggested that you first get free,
confidential advice from the independent whistleblowing charity
Public Concern at Work; they can help you to
decide whether and/or how to raise your concern.
You can call on 020
7404 6609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, go
to the Public Concern at Work website http://www.pcaw.co.uk/ which
includes guidance on whistleblowing legislation.
This page contains useful information for children and young
This page contains useful information for paretns and
This page contains useful information and guidance for
Information to ensure that safeguarding procedures are fully
understood by all professionals who come into contact with our
children and young people in school settings:
Information about Northumberland safeguarding children's
Advice about how to make a complaint or compliment about
Northumberland Children's Services and where to get support: