Safeguarding children

Protecting children is everybody’s business and adults have a responsibility to report abuse

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare or safety you can discuss your concerns in confidence with the local children’s services.

Phone: 08458 247247
Civic Centre
Floor C
Home Gardens
Dartford
Kent DA1 1DR

For further information, please visit the Kent County Council website or use the contact numbers below:-

  • Kent and Medway Police – 101 for all non-emergency enquiries or 999 for an emergency
  • NSPCC national helpline – 0808 800 5000
  • Childline – 0800 1111

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can get support and advice by contacting one of the agencies below:

  • Kent and Medway Police – 101 for all non-emergency enquiries or 999 for an emergency
  • Women’s Aid 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line – 0808 8010 327
  • Domestic abuse support services in Kent and Medway

Practical information for healthcare staff to safeguard children and young people

NHS England have developed a useful guide for staff and others working with children, to help them spot the signs of Child Sexual Exploitation and help protect those who may be vulnerable.

Download the NHS England Pocket Guide

More information

For more information on domestic abuse and its effects on women and children, visit the Women’s Aid website.