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Are you worried about the safety of a child who may be at risk?

Safeguarding Children who may be at Risk

If you suspect that a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed then you have a duty to report it immediately.

If you suspect a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm you need to call 999 and speak to the South Wales Police.

All calls concerning worries about children are treated seriously. If it is found that a child is being abused or is at risk of significant harm professionals will work together with the family to ensure that the child can be protected.

It is important for everyone involved with children and young people to work together to try and keep them safe from harm. Above all, the needs of children and young people must come first.

If you are in any doubt about reporting your concerns don’t think ‘What if I’m wrong?’, think ‘What if I’m right?’.

Merthyr Tydfil Children's Services Tel: 01685 725000
Open: 8.30am – 5.00pm (Monday to Thursday), 8.30am – 4.30pm (Friday)

Emergency Duty Team: 01443 743665
(5.00pm – 8.30am Monday to Thursday, 4.30pm – 8.30am Friday to Monday)

Worried about your child?

Please get in touch if you need information, advice or assistance, we may be able to resolve the matter there and then, refer you to the appropriate team, or we can put the arrangements in place for you to receive our services at an agreed time/date.

If we feel it may be more suitable, we will put you in contact with another approved service provider/agency.

You can make contact with the children’s intake team by calling 01685 725000.

If the situation is more complex, we can arrange for you to visit us at our offices to discuss your concerns.

Examples we can help with can be:

  • a young person may be at risk of becoming homeless
  • you may have concerns about a child
  • parents may be experiencing difficulties managing a child's behaviour
  • if a child has a special need or disability

Where necessary, we aim to carry out an assessment of a child's needs in their own home.

If you are unsure that a child may be suffering but are worried, or if you are concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please tell us about it straight away.

Merthyr Tydfil Children's Services Tel: 01685 725000
Open: 8.30am – 5.00pm (Monday to Thursday), 8.30am – 4.30pm (Friday)

Emergency Duty Team: 01443 743665
(5.00pm – 8.30am Monday to Thursday, 4.30pm – 8.30am Friday to Monday)

Safeguarding Website

This website contains information on the range of safeguarding issues faced in Cwm Taf and, importantly, how to spot the warning signs and seek further support.

It has bespoke sections for adults, children, parents/carers and professionals and has been designed as an inclusive site full of tips, information and guidance for people who have concerns – for themselves or someone else.
www.cwmtafsafeguarding.org

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