Sefton Council is asking local residents to be vigilant on the signs of child abuse and report instances when they suspect them.
Using the mantra “If you think it, report it”, the council is joining Government and local authorities, police chiefs and charities across the United Kingdom in its support for the latest phase of ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’, a national campaign led by the Department for Education (DfE), with support from national charity, the NSPCC.
Recent research has found that among parents of under 16s questioned by YouGov, almost a third (31%) had worried about child’s welfare, or about abuse or neglect in their local area, but just over half (57%) went on to take any actions or raise their concerns.
This stage of the campaign will see the local authority and its partners sharing key themes across their communications channels, including the signs of abuse and how to spot them, who you can talk to about child abuse and the four different types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect).
Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families said:
“The safeguarding of children and young people is of paramount importance to Sefton Council and we fully support the critical messages of this campaign.
“I encourage anyone who sees the campaign messages to really think about them, be aware of the signs of child abuse, and of course report them to Sefton Council when you see them.”
To find out more, visit the campaign website.
To report a child or young person at risk, visit the Sefton Council website