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Safeguarding children

Protecting children is everybody's business and adults have a responsibility to report abuse

If you are concerned about a child's welfare or safety you can discuss your concerns in confidence with the local childrens' services.

If you are worried about the safety of a child or young person please contact the Central Duty Team on 
03000 41 11 11 or central.duty@kent.gov.uk to make a referral.

If you need to make contact out of working hours please call the Out of Hours Service on 03000 41 91 91.

If you are a professional making a referral have you considered the following:

  • Discussing the matter with your Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Including any risk assessment already completed with the referral
  • Ensuring that all decisions are informed by the Kent Inter- Agency Threshold Criteria.

For more information please visit the safeguarding pages on our referral support website.

'Say Something If You See Something'

Kent has recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation called Operation Willow. If you have concerns about a child or young person whom you believe is at risk of sexual exploitation.

Please call Kent Police on 101 quoting Operation Willow.  You can also contact the National Child Sexual Exploitation Helpline on 11 60 00.

In addition, can you add the following web link kscb.org.uk  under ‘ Further information’ where is currently has KCC web page.

For further information please visit the Kent County Council website or use the contact numbers below:-

  • Kent and Medway Police - 101 for all non-emergency enquiries or 999 for an emergency
  • NSPCC national helpline - 0808 800 5000
  • Childline – 0800 1111

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can get support and advice by contacting one of the agencies below:

  • Kent and Medway Police - 101 for all non-emergency enquiries or 999 for an emergency
  • Women's Aid 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247
  • One Stop Shop - 01227 452852
  • Men's Advice Line - 0808 8010 327
  • Domestic abuse support services in Kent and Medway - visit website

More information

For more information on domestic abuse and its effects on women and children, visit the Women's Aid website.