We are backing a national child abuse campaign
We are supporting a new national campaign to change public thoughts about child abuse and neglect.
The campaign encourages you to report any worries or concerns to our children’s services team, or the one in your local council.
‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ launched on Friday 3 March is being led by the Department for Education.
Cllr Erin Hill, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Family Support and Child Protection, said
All children have a right to be safe.
They should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect – and everyone has an important role to play, whether they are a teacher, social worker, health professional or member of the public.
Protecting young people from harm, both at home and in the local community, is everyone’s business.
It’s vital that we speak out and share our concerns so that children and families get the help and support they may need.”
Bron Sanders, Chair of Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board said:
Children, young people and families can be supported earlier if more of us share our concerns.
You don’t have to be absolutely certain about whether a child is being abused – if you have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to your local children’s social care team.
It’s worrying that a third of people who have a concern do nothing. A number of these do not act on their concerns because they’re worried about being wrong, but people are urged to report any concerns early.”
What to do if you suspect child abuse
Anyone concerned or worried about child abuse or neglect can call 01484 456848 confidentially.