As a member, if you notice a child is suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm, you can share information with appropriate agencies or professionals without the child’s or their parent’s consent.
If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
If a child is not in immediate danger:
- Follow Childcare Connect’s safeguarding policies and procedures as soon as possible. These provide clear guidelines on the steps you need to take if a child discloses abuse.
- Contact your local child protection services. Their contact details can be found on the website for the local authority the child lives in.
- Contact the police. They will assess the situation and take the appropriate action to protect the child.
- Contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There trained professionals will talk through your concerns with you, give you expert advice and take action to protect the child as appropriate. This may include making a referral to the local authority.