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Child abuse

We all have a responsibility to look out for children and young people, as a parent or family member, a friend or neighbour, an employer, or a paid or voluntary worker.

All of us can help to safeguard children and young people if we are aware of their needs and take action if we have concerns.


Contact us

If you are concerned that a child or young person is being abused or neglected, please contact us and let us know. You do not have to give your name if you do not want to.

Please have the postcode where the child or young person normally lives to hand so you can speak to the correct area team. 

If you cannot provide this information you should still call and any team will respond to your enquiry in the first instance.

Children and Families Services: Prevention and Assessment Teams

West team

  • Social care: 0114 2734491
  • Multi-agency support:  0114 2506865

East team

  • Social care: 0114 2037463
  • Multi-agency support: 0114 2053635

North team

  • Social care: 0114 2039591
  • Multi-agency support: 0114 2331189

Social care out of hours, call 0114 2734855 between 5:15pm and 8:45am

Contact Adult Social Care.

General enquiries.

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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means taking action to:

  • protect children and young people from being mistreated
  • make sure their health or development is not impaired
  • make sure that they grow up in an environment that provides safe and effective care
  • help them to have the best possible life chances, and to enter adulthood successfully


Child protection

Child protection is a part of safeguarding. It means taking action to protect the small number of children and young people who are suffering, or are at risk of suffering, significant harm through child abuse.

Child abuse can happen to a child or young person at any age, from birth to when they have left school.

It can happen in well-off or poor families; it can happen to children and young people from any ethnic background, to children and young people with or without disabilities.



Find out more from Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board, there is specific information for you if you are:

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