Every child has a right to be safe from all forms of abuse and neglect. Child abuse can be physical, sexual, and emotional and neglect. It can happen once or be a part of a pattern of behaviour. Safeguarding children is about protecting them from harm. If you're worried about a child, you should tell someone.
Kent Social Services have staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week you can talk to if you're worried about a child. Even if you're unsure, don't assume that someone else will report it. They'll encourage you to give your name, but they won't tell anyone else you called unless you give them permission to do so. But remember if the child is in immediate danger, the best thing to do is call 999 for the emergency services – Social Services 0300 041 1111. Out of working hours 0300 041 9191.
NSPCC has professional counsellors that offer help, advice and support if you're worried about a child – 0808 800 5000.
Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people. You can contact a Childline counsellor about anything – no problem is too big or too small – 0800 1111.
Family Matters offers counselling to survivors of rape and sexual abuse - Helpline 01474 537392.
ParentZone provides information, advice and support to parents around digital and online safety to improve outcomes for children in a digital world.
For more information on Dartford Borough Council's approach to safeguarding children and adults at risk, visit our page on safeguarding.