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Suspected abuse and reglect

What to do if you are worried about the safety of a child

In an emergency always contact the police by dialling 999

If you are worried about a child or young person who could be in danger, please contact:

You can contact the police directly by dialling 101 and they will discuss with Children’s Social Care what action should be taken.

They will always deal with calls in the strictest confidence.

If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327

Abuse and neglect can affect a child at any age. The abuse can be so damaging that some children may take a long time to recover. In some cases the effects of the abuse will stay with them forever.

You can find more information on the Report a child at risk page on the Somerset County Council website.

You can also find information about keeping children safe in Somerset on the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board website.

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