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Help us to protect vulnerable children

ALL members of the community are being urged to look out for three signs which may indicate a child or young person is suffering abuse or neglect.

Changes in Appearance, Behaviour and Communication (ABC) are all indictors that a child or young person may need help and we all have a role to play in protecting them.

Last year (2016/17) 4387 children in Tameside were supported because someone noticed that something was wrong. The Council is backing Phase 3 of the Government’s Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse campaign to help ensure Children’s Services can get support to families who need it as the earliest opportunity.

Currently some people do not report their concerns because they’re not certain of the signs, don’t know where to report, or are worried about being wrong.

This campaign aims to tackle the barriers that stop people reporting, educating them about signs to spot and how to report, so that children and young people at risk get the help they need more quickly.

Tameside’s support for earlier phases of this campaign was showcased nationally as an example for other areas to follow. The Council hopes to once again work with its partners and the community to help raise further awareness and get help to families who need it.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “You don’t have to be absolutely certain - if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone. Information is gathered from many sources and your report forms part of a bigger picture. Reporting your concerns could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.”

Child abuse. If you think it, report it.  To find out how visit gov.uk/tacklechildabuse.