Concerned about a child or young person?
The abuse and neglect of children and young people is fortunately a rare occurrence. However, if you have any concerns and you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. If you are worried about a child's safety or welfare and would like help or advice, ring the NSPCC helpline.
More detailed advice can be sought from West Sussex County Council's guide "What to do if a child is being abused", which explains how to deal with the situation of child abuse.
Further advice is also available from national charities, NSPCC and Childline.
Guidance for groups and clubs
If you are providing activities for young people, you should consider developing a Child Protection Policy. Advice can be given by Chichester and District Council for Voluntary Services (CVS).
A useful resource is the guide "Health & Safety of pupils on educational visits" which can be downloaded from the Department for Children, Schools and Families website. Though primarily for school staff, it is however a useful guide for any group or individual who is planning an event who needs to consider the protection of young people. The 72 page booklet contains forms for planning visits, including parental consent, risk assessment and emergency contact forms.