What to do if you are worried

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect can have a damaging effect on a child’s physical and mental health, educational attainment and emotional well-being.  Some changes in a child’s behaviour may not necessarily indicate that a child is suffering abuse or neglect. In some cases those changes may be symptoms of a hidden disability, undiagnosed medical condition or a change in medication.

If you become concerned about:

  • Comments made by a child

  • Marks or bruising on a child

  • Changes in a child’s behaviour

  • Changes in a child’s appearance

Please report these concerns to one of our Safeguarding Leads.

You can also make an anonymous referral to West Sussex Integrated Front Door (IFD) on: 01403 22 99 00