What to do if you are concerned about a child

Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children, young people and adults who may be at risk of abuse.

If you have a concern about the safety of a child then you should talk to someone immediately.

Contact Children's Safeguarding on 0191 520 5560 

In an emergency always call 999

Email: Safeguarding.Children@togetherforchildren.org.uk (secure email only)

Members of the public can also contact the NSPCC by calling 0191 516 4600. You can also contact the NSPCC by text message on 88858 - this service is free and anonymous.

Who can contact us?
Anyone can contact us including:

  • The person themselves
  • Family members
  • Friends and neighbours
  • Members of the public

What will happen next?
Anything you tell us will be kept in confidence, but we may need to share certain information to keep you safe.

We will listen to your circumstances and look at how serious the situation is before deciding how to respond.

Our first priority is to ensure you, and any other people who may also be at risk, are safe.

We will carry out a careful and sensitive enquiry to help decide what to do next. We will work together with all of the relevant organisations and give you information and advice.

We may need to investigate or take further action in order to protect you and can provide an advocate for you and your carer.


Guide to Our Thresholds of Need

A guide for practitioners and managers in Sunderland to assist in identifying a child’s level of need

Child Protection Referral Form

Download the Together for Children child protection / child in need / child care concern referral form

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