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Advice and Assessment Service
Children’s Services
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 308600
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adviceandassessment@plymouth.gov.uk
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Child protection

Child abuse takes many forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Discrimination, harassment and bullying are also abusive and can harm a child, both physically and emotionally. It is Plymouth Children's Services' duty to protect children and young people in the city and this is known as child protection.

How to spot the signs of child abuse and neglect

To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect, look for changes in:

  • Appearance – such as frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or a parent regularly collecting children from school when drunk
  • Behaviour - such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired
  • Communication – such as sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information or being overly obedient

What if I am worried about a child?

If you are worried about the welfare of a child or children then please contact the Advice and Assessment Service on 01752 308600 to discuss your worries with a duty social worker.

What will you be asked when you make a report?

While it is understood that you might not have all the answers, the following is an example of the types of questions you might be asked:

  • details about the child, such as name and date of birth
  • address and contact details for parent or carer
  • reason for your call

What happens once you’ve made a report?

Your concerns will be listened to and assessed. Information is usually gathered from many sources, and your report would form one part of a bigger picture.

If significant concerns are raised about a child, a social worker will make an assessment and decide what support to provide.