What you can do to help

It is very important that you take action straight away if you think a child you know is being abused. The longer the abuse goes on, the longer it will take for a child to recover.

Sometimes abuse gets worse over time if nothing is done and the child suffers increasingly serious harm. Children are dependant on others for their survival and have a right to be protected.

In the majority of cases when concerns are reported families may only need extra support to help them keep their children safe. Only in extreme circumstances do concerns reported to Children and Young People's Service result in children having to live apart from their families.

Many parents, relatives, friends and neighbours are concerned about the welfare of the children they know. Although you may understandably feel reluctant to get involved, safeguarding children is everybody's responsibility.