Bromley Council is backing a national campaign by the Department for Education (DfE) that draws attention to the issue of child abuse and encourages everyone to be more aware of what is happening near them.
The “Together we can tackle child abuse” campaign aims to show people that everyone has a part to play in reducing the levels of child abuse and protecting vulnerable children. Bromley Council is encouraging local residents to act on their own instincts if they suspect a child is being abused and to contact the local Safeguarding Team, no matter how minor they think the problem is.
Research highlights that 42 per cent of people in the UK are reluctant to report an incident in case they are wrong, and over a third of people say they would find it harder to report a case of child abuse than to tell someone about a family member or friend’s death.
The new campaign, which is being advertising across many London boroughs, wants to support people in identifying issues and help them gain enough confidence to tell the authorities. They do not need to be certain that a child is being neglected or abused; social workers will use information from a number of sources to get an accurate picture.
If you have a concern about a child in the borough, you can find out more information on what to do and who to contact on the Gov.uk website.
Do you think people generally lack the confidence to go with their gut instincts where child abuse is concerned?
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