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Child protection, child abuse

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This page provides simple guidance about children who may need protection from harm.

In an emergency, call the police

If a child is in immediate danger, please call 101 or 999.

Report a child at risk of harm, neglect or abuse

If you're concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please report it to us.

Call 0300 303 0440 to report a child at risk of harm

Report an adult who works with children

If you have concerns about an adult who works with children and believe they may have caused, or could cause harm, please report this to us.

Our Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for coordinating a response to any concerns you report to us.

Email lado@rochdale.gov.uk to report an adult who works with children

Concerns you should report

You should contact us if you feel that:

  • A child needs protection – if you feel that a child is suffering harm, neglect or abuse, we can investigate and act to protect the child.
  • A family is under stress – we can offer support and advice and help families access support from other services.
  • A child is seriously ill or disabled – we can arrange an assessment of the child's and families needs and provide support.

Signs of abuse

There are a number of ways to identify if a child is suffering from abuse, ​neglect or may be in harms way.

Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Partnership

Rochdale Borou​gh Safeguarding Children Partnership​ is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations in Rochdale will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare​ of children in Rochdale.

Contact

(Early Help and Safeguarding Hub)
0300 303 0440

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

Children's Social Care
Floor 4, Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU


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Contact

0300 303 8875

Out of hours emergencies
Monday 11am-11.30am
Monday-Friday 5.30pm-8.30am
Anytime weekends and bank holidays