Safeguarding: report it

Don't wait until you are certain. Concerns of immediate harm must be reported to the police on 999 or 101

Once you have reported to the police contact Staffordshire County Council's First Response Service. Tel: 0800 1313 126

If you have welfare concerns about a child or young person but believe them not to be at immediate harm contact Staffordshire County Council's First Response Service. Tel: 0800 1313 126 or complete the Report a concern online form - Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Police. Tel: 101. Ask for M.A.S.H. (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) 

Do I have to give my name?

No - it is your choice. If you decide that you want to remain anonymous that decision will be respected. Professionals making a referral should be aware that they cannot be guaranteed anonymity.

What happens next?

What happens next depends on the seriousness of the situation.
In response to a call, trained staff will carry out a careful and sensitive enquiry in line with locally agreed procedures.
The information provided will be discussed with other agencies including the police. Where you have reported a concern about a child or young person, the information will also become part of the child's electronic record.
Meetings may be held to agree what will happen next. Information and advice will be offered so that choices can be made and help given.

Will I be told what has happened?

You should receive written confirmation that your referral has been received and acted upon unless your report was anonymous.