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Children at Risk

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention. We know that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse.

An abused child will often experience more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. It often happens over a period of time, rather than being a one-off event. And it can increasingly happen online.

The NSPCC estimate that over half a million children are abused in the UK each year.

The NSPCC set out 12 types of child abuse including physical and sexual abuse, neglect and on-line abuse.

Click here to read more about types of abuse and how to spot the signs.

Concerned about a child?

If a child or young person is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect please report it to the Wirral Central Advice and Duty Team.

If you need help yourself you can also use these numbers.

Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5.00pm Tel: 0151 606 2008

Outside of these hours Tel: 0151 677 6557

E-mail: [email protected]

In an emergency always call the police on 999. If you think there has been a crime but it is not an emergency call 101.

If you are a professional, you need to use this form if you have concerns about a child or young person. Please complete the form and e-mail it to:

[email protected]

Are you worried about an adult?

If an adult is experiencing harm, abuse or neglect report it to Wirral Central Advice and Duty Team on 0151 514 2222  (option 3) between 9am–5pm.

or email [email protected]

Outside of these hours call 0151 677 6557

In an emergency always dial 999

Visit Wirral Safeguarding Website for more information www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk

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