NSPCC helpline Helping adults protect children

Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child, we’re here to help.

The NSPCC Helpline is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support. We’re here if you’re concerned about a child, if you’re a parent or carer looking for advice, or if you’re a professional in need of information and guidance. 

Whatever your worry – call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, email us, or submit our online form – we can help. We also have advice about spotting the signs of abuse. You can call Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekendsIt’s free and you don’t have to say who you are.

Please note, we are currently experiencing a high level of demand to our helpline service, particularly through our online channels. We are working hard to make sure that we respond to all those who need us as soon as possible. Please remember if a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away.

Worried about a child?

With schools closed and children spending more time at home, you might have spotted something that’s worrying you. 

Whatever you’re worried about, contact the NSPCC helpline. We’ve got advice to help.

Call 0808 800 5000 

Submit our form online

Email us

If you are emailing to report a concern about abuse, please include the child or children's names and address if possible. We need this information to take steps to keep the child or children safe.

Need to contact us in Welsh?

Pan fyddwch chi’n ffonio’r llinell gymorth gallwch chi ddweud eich bod eisiau siarad mewn iaith arall. Byddwn yn cofnodi ychydig o fanylion sylfaenol ac yn trefnu i’ch ffonio chi’n ôl gyda chyfieithydd Cymraeg. Gallwch chi hefyd anfon negeseuon e-bost Cymraeg. Mae gennym lawer mwy o wybodaeth am riportio cam-drin.

Tips and advice to help cope with coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visit our coronavirus advice hub for tips and advice for parents and carers - from talking to a child worried about coronavirus to taking care of your mental health and much more.

Childline also has a huge online community where children can get support from their peers on message boards and use expert resources to help them through any issue they're worried about.

If adults are worried about children they can get advice on 0808 800 5000 or help@nspcc.org.uk.

We're working hard to make sure we're still here for children. Will you be there too?

Every call is important to us

We understand how upsetting it can be to think a child’s in danger. And we know it can be difficult to know what to do. Having those conversations means that we can protect children in abusive situations by reporting concerns to children's services and/or the police.

In additional to our general helpline, we have dedicated helplines which work in partnership with other agencies and offer advice on issues such as FGMonline safety, gangs and modern slavery.

Every call, email and form is important to us - even if you have a question or simply want reassurance.

Contact us

Contact our trained helpline professionals by email or our online form.

You can also call us Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends.

0808 800 5000

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