Parents and carers

Being a parent or carer can be hard work. Most families face challenges in bringing up their children at some point, whether they are babies or teenagers.

If you're worried about a child, this section will enable you to get more information and help.

Our safeguarding board is made up of senior staff from organisations who work across the county to provide services to children, young people and their families.

You can view a list of member organisations and find out more about the work of the board by reading our annual report in the about us section of this website.

Missing children

The reasons why children and young people runaway or go missing are varied. Whatever the reason they're particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

Harmful sexual behaviour in young children

Very few people realise that some children may display harmful sexual behaviour and can sometimes present a risk to other children.

Child abuse

If you suspect a child is being abused, even if you are not sure, it is vital you tell someone.

Children at risk of exploitation

Child sexual exploitation can happen at any time and your child may not even realise it is happening to them.

Domestic abuse

Are you or have you suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse in your relationship?

Drug and alcohol abuse

There are serious risks involved in both drug and alcohol use which can affect both physical and mental health.

Mental health

For any parent or carer, the thought that their child could have a mental health problem is worrying.

Online safety

Your child probably spends loads of time online - chatting to friends, sharing information, watching videos or playing games.