Trust urges people to speak out about child abuse

1699-635660056729012422Residents are being urged to act on their instincts and talk to Doncaster Children’s Services Trust if they have concerns about a child.

The Trust is supporting the Department for Education’s ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign, which aims to reinforce the message that all children have a right to enjoy life free from abuse or neglect. It comes as national figures reveal that a third of people who suspect child abuse do nothing as they fear their suspicions are wrong.

Social workers gather information from many sources working with teachers, health professionals and the police to help build a bigger picture so they can provide the right support for child and their family.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Chief Executive, Paul Moffat, said: “We are committed to ensuring every child is protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.  We can only do this if everyone in Doncaster plays their role by telling us if they have any concerns about a child.

“The sooner we can help the child and support the family concerned the better. If you have a feeling that something is not right, get in touch straight away, day or night, so we can look into it.”

The campaign features an ‘ABC’ of spotting the signs of child abuse or neglect. Look for changes in the child’s:

  • Appearance – such as frequent, unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair or unexplained gifts
  • Behaviour – such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, or being constantly tired.
  • Communication – such as sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information or being overly obedient.

If you think a child is being neglected or abused, then please call confidentially 01302 734100 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours call 01302 796000. Alternatively, email the Trust at childrenassessmentservice@doncaster.gcsx.gov.uk

If you are worried for the child’s immediate safety call the police on 999.

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