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Council backs campaign to report child abuse

North East Lincolnshire Council is backing a national campaign led by Department for Education to encourage people to report child abuse.

The ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ campaign aims to change perceptions and raise awareness of how people can report concerns, changing the social norm. A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing because they are worried about being wrong.

Councillor Ros James, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said:

“I urge people concerned that a child may be being harmed to speak out.

“Coming forward and reporting child abuse is something we all have a responsibility to do wherever we feel there is a need to do so.

“All of us have a social responsibility to keep our children and young people safe from harm. Child abuse can take many different forms and can occur in all types of family and in every social class and culture.

“I would urge anyone who is worried about a child, or who thinks their safety is at risk, to contact us immediately and in confidence.”

Rob Mayall, Independent Chair of North East Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children Board, said:

"Teachers, social workers, health professionals, the Council and the police all play a key role in safeguarding and protecting children. But the public also has a role to play in keeping our children safe and protecting them from harm.

"If you think a child might be suffering neglect or abuse, it can be difficult to know what to do. But your action is vital in making sure that the child gets the help they need. You don’t have to be certain. If you are concerned that a child may be being abused, work out what’s best for that child and tell somebody you can trust, it could be their teacher, a council worker, or another parent.

“If a child is in immediate danger and you are concerned, call the police immediately. “

For more information or if you are worried about a child, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk or call the NSPCC 0808 800 5000.