Anything you notice can help a child at risk.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong.

You don’t have to be absolutely certain; if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.

Following these simple steps and reporting your concerns to your local council could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.

Child abuse. If you think it, report it.

Signs to spot

To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect look out for changes in these characteristics.

  • Appearance: such as unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene.
  • Behaviour: such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive or self-harming or any other sudden changes in behaviour.
  • Communication: such as talking aggressively, using sexual language or becoming secretive.

What to do if you suspect

You have a number of options when it comes to reporting abuse anonymously. You can talk to:

What happens when you report

Your local council is there to help resolve your worries by following these four simple steps;

  • Listening to your concerns.
  • Gathering information.
  • Assessing the whole picture.
  • Deciding what action to take.

Spot the signs of the different types of child abuse:



Sexual Abuse


Online Abuse

We all have a role to play.

Anything you notice can help a child at risk.