Campaign: 'Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse'
On Thursday 3 March 2016, the Department for Education launched a national campaign to encourage members of the public to report child abuse.
The 'Together we can tackle child abuse' campaign aims to encourage the public to report their concerns in order to get help to children more quickly. A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing because they're worried about being wrong. In 2014/15, more than 400,000 children in England were supported because someone noticed they needed help.
The campaign address all forms of abuse and neglect and the aims to raise awareness of the signs and address the barriers to reporting. There are several signs of child abuse or neglect which people can look out for:
- Appearance - such as frequent unexplained injuries, constant poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or a parent regularly collecting children from school when drunk.
- Behaviour - such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired.
- Communication - such as sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information or being overly obedient.
A campaign briefing, poster and news release from Lancashire County Council can be downloaded below, providing further information. Please use this information to support the campaign and help promote the key messages across your networks.