Are you worried about a child?
If you have concerns that a child is in immediate danger, contact the police as soon a possible on 199 or 190 - Or you can call Childline on 8008 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm
Is it abuse?
Knowing whether it is abuse or not can be a difficult decision. Read the signs of abuse for guidance.
Young Mum’s – Being a young mum can be very stressful and worrying. The baby may cry a lot or may keep you awake at night. When we are tired, it is harder to remain calm. Childline has volunteers on the Helpline who you can talk to for support and advice to help you through these difficult early years. We are free to call on 8008 and are open 17:00 to 21:00 every day of the year. You can also email us at info@childline.
Help and Advice also available on:
* Drugs and Alcohol
* Getting Homework Done
* My Child is being Bullied
* Step Families
* Divorce and Separation
Signs of child abuse
None of the signs listed below would indicate for certain that a child is being abused. However, if your common sense or instincts tell you that something is wrong, read our advice or discuss your concerns with our Helpline.
- Unwashed or unhygienic appearance.
- An injury which strikes you as odd
- Repeated injury
- A sudden change in behaviour which is out of character (contact Childline).
- Avoidance of school (contact Childline).
- Odd behaviour which seems strange for the child's age (contact Childline).
- Guarded and reluctant to talk (contact Childline).
- A child’s development is not where it should be (contact Childline).
- Sexually inappropriate behaviour (contact Childline).
- Adults who pay unusual attention to a child (contact Childline).
Problems at home
- Severe and persistent negative behaviour towards a child
- A difficult relationship between a child and parent
- Inadequate home environment.
- Adult mental health problems, domestic violence, or drug or alcohol misuse.
- A child who has taken on the role of carer .
- A parent who delays seeking treatment for their child's injury.
- A parent or child who gives unconvincing or inconsistent explanations about an injury.