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Information for Parents and Carers

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Everyone has a responsibility for protecting children and young people. If you are concerned about a child, you should report your concerns. (Please click here)

Are you a Parent or Carer?

The safety and welfare of children - or safeguarding - is everyone's business. You could be a neighbour, friend, parent, relative, child minder, teacher or doctor - or working for any organisation which has contact with children and young people.

Safeguarding means protecting children from physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.

Agencies that deal with issues involving children are keen to offer parents and carers' advice and support throughout a child or young person's life.

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see included on this website for parents or carers then please contact us on WSCB@wokingham.gov.uk

What is abuse?

Abuse (sometimes known as 'significant harm') can manifest in the following ways:

  • Domestic violence - when one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another family member e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.
  • Bullying - e.g. name calling, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyber-bullying.
  • Emotional abuse - e.g. a child being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.
  • Neglect - e.g. a child not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.
  • Physical abuse - when an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
  • Sexual abuse - an example of sexual abuse would be a child being forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.

Internet safety

Please click here to read the UKCCIS guidance about internet safety.

Private Fostering

What is private fostering? Please click here

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Call 999 in an emergency If you believe a child is in immediate danger

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