What can you do if you have a concern?
If there is immediate risk of harm to a child, call the Police on 999
If you are concerned about a child in Buckinghamshire, it is important that you talk to someone about this. Don’t ignore your concerns or delay taking action.
- You can call Buckinghamshire County Council’s First Response Team on 0845 4600 001 (out of hours: 0800 999 7677). They will listen to your concerns and decide on the appropriate course of action.
- You can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (free service, lines open 24 hours a day). They will listen to your concerns, offer advice and support and can take action on your behalf if a child is in danger. You can also report concerns anonymously. For further information or to report your concerns online visit: www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/.
Concerns about staff working with children
If you have a concern about a member of staff working with children (in either a paid or voluntary capacity) please contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01296 382070 or secure-LADO@buckscc.gcsx.gov.uk
Spotting 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 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
If you have a complaint or concern please click the link below for the Stony Dean School complaints form.