Child protection

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If you are worried or have any concerns about a child please contact us as soon as possible.

For enquiries out of office hours

Contact the Emergency Duty Team, see Emergency support (social care)

Early Intervention

You can also contact Early intervention support teams for help and support if you need help with your child's behaviour, if your child is having problems at school, if you need some support as you are going through a difficult time, if you need help following the arrival of a new baby or if you have had a family crisis that you cannot cope with.

If you are working with children

The Early Intervention support teams can help you if you are working with children and have some concerns. They offer advice and training, and bring agency partners together to make sure children receive the right support as early as possible. There is also a useful resource site for people working with children in Calderdale, supporting Early Intervention and the single assessment process.

To find out more about how this can help your work, contact the Early Intervention teams.

If you are a professional and have a concern that a child is being neglected, abused or not cared for properly, the Signatures of Risk leaflet can help you take the next step: Signatures of Risk [PDF file 179KB]|PDF file

Children's Social Care work with other agencies such as the NHS and the police to protect children from neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and work in partnership with parents to ensure that services and support are available for children in need and their families and carers. 

A guide for all professionals working with children and young people has been produced to help when a child or young person goes missing. It includes the possible reasons, contacts, and the process to follow, see What to do when a child goes missing|External link.

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a major child protection issue involving people under 18 being encouraged, or forced, into a sexual relationship or situation by an adult.

This leaflet (available in four languages) will help both young people and all professionals who support them. It has contact details of various organisations if CSE is a concern. 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre|External link
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK and maximises international links to tackle child sex abuse.

Arrangements for preventing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Calderdale [PDF file 280KB]|PDF file
The strategic and operational structure for CSE arrangements in Calderdale

Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board

The Child Protection and Review Team keeps the Child Protection Register on behalf of the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board|External link . For more information about the register or safeguarding and child protection in general, please visit the web site.

Useful links

Signatures of Risk [PDF file 179KB]|PDF file
This leaflet is aimed at professionals and people working with children, to help you take the right action where you have a concern about a child.

Calderdale therapeutic and counselling services for children and young people [PDF file 901KB]|PDF file
A directory for professionals in schools, children's centres, school nurses, GPs and other agencies working with children and young people in Calderdale, between 5 and 19 years old. It has details of a range of services available to support children and young people who are vulnerable, and where therapeutic intervention or counselling would be useful.

ChildLine|External link
ChildLine is the free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.

Childnet International|External link
Childnet International works with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)|External link
Child Protection line - 0808 800 5000.

Last Updated: 18/05/2015