What to do if ...

Children and young people often don’t tell about abuse because they have been threatened into keeping silent or made to feel ashamed and guilty.  They may be afraid of what will happen to their family, or that no-one will believe them.



  • Children and young people have a right to be safe
  • They shouldn’t feel they have to deal with abuse on their own
  • They should tell a person they can trust, such as a parent, teacher, relative or friend, if they are being abused in anyway - even if they are worried about what might happen next
  • It is okay for children not to keep secrets about being abused 


Children and young people may not be believed when they talk about abuse.  This does not mean they are lying.  They should try to find someone who will believe them, or contact Childlinewww.childline.org.uk  Telephone 0800 111 (Helpline)


You may be visiting this site just for general information.  However, If you have any concerns about a child and would like to discuss them in confidence please contact one of the numbers below.


RBWM Multi Agency Safeguarding and Early Help Hub (MASH)
Telephone 01628 683150
Monday to Thursday 8.45am-5.15pm and Friday 8.45 am-4.45 pm


(Please note that a call to this number is not a referral to Children’s Social Care, contact can be anonymous to obtain information / advice only)


Emergency Duty Service (any time outside the hours above)
Tel: 01344 786543


In an emergency, always ring 999.


Acknowledgements:  This page has been adapted from information on the Childline Website.

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