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What to do following a child ‘telling’ about abuse or neglect

It is essential that practitioners take any disclosure made to them seriously and do not make a judgement as to the reliability and validity of what has been said. It is up to social services and the police to make this judgement.

Report concerns

Report the concerns immediately to:


Ensure that the concerns are reported immediately to the local social services:


Record, as soon as you can and no later than 24 hours following the disclosure, what you have been told: