What to do if you are concerned for the safety of a child
If you have a concern about a child or young person or are having difficulties in your own family First Contact is the service to call.
First Contact brings together staff from Children’s’ Services with partners such as Durham Constabulary and Health practitioners – call First Contact on 03000 26 79 79
You can find more information about this and other services to protect and support children and families on the First Contact webpage.
A document you may find useful is the Thresholds Guidance. This guidance is designed to be an easily understood outline of some of the factors which services consider when deciding the most appropriate way to respond to need.
Remember that if you suspect a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm then phone the police on 999.
Child abuse can have major long-term effects on all aspects of a child’s health and well-being. Children and young people are dependent on others for their survival and have a right to be protected and to have someone who will act on their behalf.