Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership, alongside our statutory partners would like to reinforce the need for all of us to be “extra aware”, of the potential risks to the children and young people of our locality in these difficult times.
The normal ways in which children would be seen day to day, has for the moment vanished. This leaves them vulnerable to abuse or further risk’s.
Together with Brighton and Hove City Council, and our other safeguarding partners, we would like to provide the following message –
“Are you concerned about a child or family? If you see or hear something that worries you – say something!
Please call Brighton & Hove City Council’s children’s services on 01273 290400 to report any child safeguarding concerns you may have.
In an emergency call 999.
The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor John Allcock, said: “Many families are under extra pressure at the moment because of Coronavirus and the restrictions that have been imposed.
“Children and young people are struggling to deal with big changes such as not being able to see friends and extended family, or do normal social activities. Many are feeling isolated, worried and vulnerable.
“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility“. We are asking all our residents to keep their eyes and ears open and look out for children who may need help.
“If in doubt, please make that call to us – and help us to help children who may be in need of support.
“We’d rather be safe than sorry.”