It can be difficult to know when to take action to protect a child from neglect.

One off signs may not mean that a child is being neglected. Knowing when a child or family need help requires someone to recognise that there are ongoing or persistent patterns of neglect.

So it’s important for concerns to be reported and recorded. This helps social workers and other professionals build up a picture of a child's life over time.

If you think a child is in immediate danger

Don't delay - call the police on 999, or call us on 0808 800 5000 straight away.

If you're worried about a child, but unsure

Contact the NSPCC helpline to speak to one of our trained counsellors - call us on 0808 800 5000.

What we do about neglect

Donate now

In the average primary school class, at least 2 children have suffered abuse or neglect. Donate now and help protect children today and prevent abuse from happening tomorrow.

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Work or volunteer with children and families?

Visit NSPCC Learning for information, resources and training to help you safeguard and protect children and young people across the UK.

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Childline

Childline is our free, confidential helpline for children and young people. Whenever children need us, Childline is there for them – by phone, email or live chat.

Read about Childline

Working with schools

We visit schools across the country, helping children understand what abuse is. We also provide professionals with advice, training and resources.
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What you can do

Donate now

In the average primary school class, at least 2 children have suffered abuse or neglect. Donate now and help protect children today and prevent abuse from happening tomorrow.

Donate now

Call the NSPCC helpline

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

Call us or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

0808 800 5000

Report a concern

Work or volunteer with children and families?

Visit NSPCC Learning for information, resources and training to help you safeguard and protect children and young people across the UK.

Go to NSPCC Learning

Work or volunteer with children and families?

Visit NSPCC Learning for information, resources and training to help you safeguard and protect children and young people across the UK.

Go to NSPCC Learning