Tackling child abuse
Norfolk Constabulary has joined forces with Norfolk County Council to support a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to report child abuse.
The Department for Education's “Together, we can tackle child abuse” highlights the role everyone has to play in protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect.
In Norfolk in January this year, 2441 people contacted the Norfolk MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub), of those 1090 were about a child potentially suffering abuse or neglect. However, national research shows almost half those who have suspicions don’t come forward to report it because they are worried about being wrong or about what might happen next, so there is more people could do.
Detective Superintendent Julie Wvendth of Norfolk Constabulary’s Safeguarding and Investigations Command, said: “Norfolk Constabulary supports any initiative which helps to encourage people not to be fearful but to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
“Our aim is to prevent harm to those being abused, to safeguard vulnerable children and young people, to bring offenders to justice and to ensure the public have confidence in reporting their suspicions to us.
“It is crucial we continue to work with partners to address such abuse however, as a community, we all have a role to play in protecting children and young people.”
If you are worried about a child, please email [email protected] or call 0344 800 8020. In an emergency, always call 999.