The campaign highlights that we all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

People are being encouraged to report any suspicions or uncertainty about a child. In fact more than 400,000 children in England during 2014/15 were supported because someone noticed they needed help.

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 behavior, 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

Councillor Wendy Meikle, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Children, said: “If you are worried about a child or have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to the Council who will listen to your concerns. You don’t have to be absolutely sure about whether the child is being abused and you information can be kept private.”

Download the Campaign Leaflet Campaign Leaflet (PDF 1.75mb).

For more information, visit Stockport Council’s website.

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