Information for parents and carers
The following links provide information about safeguarding children:
- www.childline.org.uk - Childline is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem
- www.gov.uk - Government information
- www.nspcc.org.uk - The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children
- www.barnardos.org.uk - Helps the most vulnerable children and young people transform their lives and fulfil their potential
- www.inhomechildsafety.co.uk - Guide to keeping your child safe in the home
Report a concern about a child
- Phone the Single Point of Access on 020 8891 7969 (Monday to Thursday - 9.00am to 5.15pm, Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm. Out of hours please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 020 8744 2442.) More details on our child protection page
- Phone the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 (freephone)
- Text the NSPCC on 88858 (free and anonymous)
Helping your children stay safe online
For information on helping your children stay safe on the internet, you can go to the Thinkuknow website.
Creating a safe sleep zone for your baby
The LSCB has produced some advice for parents on safe sleeping.
Domestic abuse support
Within Richmond upon Thames there are several services that support people who are experiencing domestic abuse. For more information, go to our domestic abuse support page.
If you are looking after a child in your home for 28 days or longer and you are not the child’s parent or close relative, this is known as private fostering.
If you are private fostering, you need to let the Council know. You can find more information on the fostering page.