Worried about a child? How you can protect children from abuse
For every child reported to be at risk of harm and abuse, there are many others living in difficult situations who come to the attention of no one.
This guide explains what child abuse is and how to recognise that a child might be being abused or neglected. It tells you what you can do to help if you have concerns about a child or if a child tells you they are being abused. It offers advice on how to support your child if they’re anxious about a friend.
If you’re worried about a child, it’s important not to wait until you’re certain. Trust your judgement and act on your concerns. This guide provides information about who you can talk to and aims to help give you the confidence to make the right call.
We have also worked together with members of the Jewish community to produce a guide for those who are worried about a child.
Other leaflets and resources
Out alone guide
Home alone guide
Leaflets and posters
Handle with care
What can I do?
Telling about abuse
Telling about bullying
Childline posters and wallet cards
No one noticed, no one heard
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Helping you keep children safe
Read our guide for professionals on what we do and the ways we can work with you to protect children and prevent abuse and neglect.
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Find out how we evaluate and research the impact we’re making in protecting children, get tips and tools for researchers and access resources.
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Sharing knowledge to keep children safe
Read our guide to the NSPCC Knowledge and Information Service to find out how we can help you with child protection queries, support your research, and help you learn and develop.