Hull Council backs child abuse reporting plan

Published: Friday 4th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Hull city councillors are throwing their weight behind a new UK-wide initiative to get the public to turn whistle-blowers on child abuse.

They want Hull residents to come forward to help stamp out the problem. A third of people who think child abuse is happening fail to report it just in case they are mistaken.

The Government’s “Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse” launched this week and aims to alter mindsets, while offering suggestions on how child abuse worries can be reported.

Independent Chair of Hull Children Safeguarding Board Rick Proctor, said: “Teachers, social workers, health professionals, the Council and the police all play an important role in safeguarding and protecting children.

“But the public also has a role to play in keeping our children safe and protecting them from harm. If you think a child might be suffering neglect or abuse, it can be difficult to know what to do.

“But your action is vital in making sure that the child gets the help they need. You don’t have to be certain. If you are concerned that a child may be being abused, don’t do nothing, contact Hull’s children’s social care team who can look into it.”

Rosie Nicola, a Hull city councillor whose responsibilities include safeguarding children, said: “I would urge anyone who is worried about a child, or who thinks their safety is at risk, to contact the Council immediately and in confidence.”

Concerned Hull residents can ring 01482 300300 or visit the council’s website.

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Published: Friday 4th March 2016 by The News Editor

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