Very few adults harm children deliberately and most often, when harm does happen, families need support, not punishment or the removal of their children. Suffolk Social Workers and other professionals get involved when parents may be unable to protect their child from harm and need some help. In some cases the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Team will work with Social Workers to help protect children and decide whether an offence has been committed.
Speak out and consider how you would feel if it was your child. Discuss your concerns in confidence with either Suffolk Customer First/Emergency Duty Service 0808 800 4005 or the Police. Suffolk County Council also offer support and information. In an emergency call 999.
When we suspect, witness or are told of a child that is being harmed, action should be taken to stop things getting worse. Even if you think an incident is just a one-off, your information could be very important. Long-term abuse can have a negative affect on a child for the rest of their lives.
If someone you know is having difficulties, you could offer the following:
If the family is unable to cope and they do nothing to get help you need to report it. Speak to Suffolk Customer First/Emergency Duty Service: 0808 800 4005 or the Police. In an emergency call 999.
When we suspect abuse of a child in our own home, we can react in many different ways. We may feel guilt, anger, disbelief or denial. Some of these reactions can prevent getting help to a child who needs it. You may not tell others because you fear that the child will be at further risk of harm. You may love the person who is causing the harm and not want to believe what is happening. You need to put your child's safety first.
The website offers advice on bullying and what to do as a parent. Visit: www.minded.org.uk/families