Girl by wallWe're all responsible for reporting concerns about a child's welfare. In Northern Ireland it's also an offence not to report an arrestable offence, including those against children, to the police. There are specific reporting guidelines and procedures in place for people who work with children.

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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.

Referrals and investigations

Outlines the referral and investigation process for child protection in Northern Ireland.
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Care proceedings

Explains the care proceedings process for children in Northern Ireland.
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Case management reviews

Details what case management reviews are, the case review procedure in Northern Ireland and how lessons are learnt.
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The Northern Ireland Executive government is responsible for child protection in Northern Ireland. They set out policy, legislation and statutory guidance on how the child protection system should work.

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Research and resources

Research, reports and resources for anyone working in safeguarding and child protection.

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How we're fighting for every childhood

Services for children, families and professionals

We work face to face with children, young people and families who need our help across the UK.
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Information Service

Our Information Service provides quick and easy access to the latest child protection research, policy and practice. 
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Child abuse and neglect

Find out what child abuse is, how to spot the signs, who is affected and what you should do if you're worried about a child
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Get expert training and consultancy

Grow your child protection knowledge and skills with CPD certified courses delivered by our experts nationwide and online.
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Specialist and bespoke child protection courses

Training on specialist child protection subjects and courses tailored to your staff's needs.
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Child protection consultancy service

Tailored safeguarding and child protection support for any organisation.
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Our research and services help prevent abuse and support families. Please help us to help more children like Katie.

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We hold the UK's largest collection of child protection resources and the only UK database specialising in published material on child protection, child abuse and child neglect.

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