Rutland County Council is backing a national campaign encouraging people to report any instances of child abuse or neglect.
‘Together, we can Tackle Child Abuse’ has been launched by the Department for Education with support from local authorities and aims to overcome the barriers that stop people reporting concerns about children and young people.
A third of people who suspect child abuse do nothing, while a number of people choose not act on their suspicions because they are worried about being wrong.
Portfolio holder for children and Young People at Rutland County Council Richard Foster said: “Everyone has a role to play in protecting children and young people and if you think a child is at risk, then it is important to tell someone. You don’t have to be absolutely certain of what you’ve seen or heard; if you feel that something’s not right, simply talk to the council’s social care team and they can look into it.
“People often worry that they are overreacting and may have misread a situation. These fears are understandable, but unfounded. Information is usually gathered from many sources and your report would form one part of a bigger picture.”
To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect, look for any changes in appearance, behaviour or communication.
If you live in Rutland and are worried about a child or young person, please call 01572 758 407 to speak to a children’s social worker.
For more information visit www.lrsb.org.uk/children