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.
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.
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 Borough 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.