Parents, carers and family

As a parent, carer, neighbour or anyone in contact with children and families you may at times have concerns about the welfare of a child. These could be concerns about their development, appearance or behaviour which may indicate signs of abuse.

Good parenting involves caring for children’s basic needs which includes:

  • keeping them safe
  • showing them warmth and love
  • providing the stimulation needed for their development and to help them achieve their potential
  • providing a stable environment where they experience consistent guidance and boundaries.

As a parent, carer, neighbour or anyone in contact with children and families you may at times have concerns about the welfare of a child. These could be concerns about their development, appearance or behaviour which may indicate signs of abuse.

What should I do if I am concerned about a child?

It is important to act as quickly as possible if you think a child is being harmed.

If you think a child may be in danger, is at risk, is being mistreated or you have concerns about a child's well-being you should pass on your concerns to children's social care or the police.

If you think a child is being abused or neglected, contact:

During office hours

During office hours (Monday to Thursday 08.30am and 5pm, Friday 8.30 am-4.30pm), you can contact SAPH by telephone on:

(01482) 395500
Outside office hours

Outside of office hours, please contact the emergency duty team:

(01482) 393939
If a child is suffering abuse and requires urgent attention because of immediate danger, call the Police on 999

Further information on support for families, children’s social care and the process can be found on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Support for Families webpage

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