Worried about a child or young person

Safeguarding children and young people or keeping them safe is the responsibility of everyone. If you are concerned that a child is being abused or they may be at risk of harm, you should contact North Lincolnshire’s Single Access Point Team on:

  • 01724 296500 (9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm Friday)
  • 08081 689667 (free phone)
  • 01724 296555 (answerphone – out of office hours and at weekends )
  • 101 – Police non emergency
  • 999 – Police emergency

See also:

Information for children, parents and carers

All children and young people should grow up in a home where they are loved and feel secure.  Abuse is harm to a child or young person and could be in the form of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse. Visit our information about abuse page for more information.

Bullying is frightening and harmful to children and young people.

The Anti Bullying Alliance defines bullying as:

  • emotionally harmful behaviours such as taunting, spreading hurtful rumours and excluding people from groups
  • physically harmful behaviours such as kicking, hitting, pushing or other forms of physical abuse

Bullying can take many forms and individuals have different experiences. From what children and young people have told us, they consider it bullying if:

  • it is repetitive, wilful, persistent
  • it is intentionally harmful carried out by an individual or group
  • there is an imbalance of power, leaving the person who is bullied feeling defenceless

Visit our bullying page for more information.

Domestic violence and abuse is repeated, can be random and is the habitual use of intimidation to control another person. This is usually a partner, ex-partner or other family member.

Violence is the physical assault on another person but abuse can take many forms – emotional, psychological, financial, sexual – and within a relationship there can be a combination of some or all of these.

Visit our worried about a relationship page for more information about domestic abuse.

Nationally 300 children are admitted to hospital every day because of accidents. Most accidents happen in the home and this is why it is important to make your home safe for your family, especially young children.

Some dangers around the home are:

  • Medicines and drugs – keep them locked away and well out of reach of your child
  • Certain rooms in the house, such as kitchens, are full of dangers  – have you got safety devices fitted, such as cupboard locks?
  • Make sure that irons, saucepans and hot drinks are kept out of reach of children
  • Look for trip hazards in the home, such as wires and toys on the floor, and clear them
  • Ensure that all chemicals, such as bleach, are kept out of reach of children
  • Think about fire prevention and follow fire safety tips
  • Breathing in cigarette smoke is bad for children’s health
  • Check toys for safety labels, make sure your child does not play with toys that are not suitable for his or her age.

For further information about home safety advice visit The Child Accident Prevention Trust website or contact:

Home Safe  01724 297323 
Humberside Fire and Rescue for advice on Fire Safety and Fire Alarm Checks 01724 295900
Homestart (under fives) 01652 634160 
Family Information Service 01724 296629

When you are out and about look out for dangers that may pose a risk to your child.

Road safety

On average, 37 children up to the age of 16 were killed or seriously injured every week on the roads in the UK in 2007. Teach your child about road safety when you are out and about, children will copy the good examples you set about road safety. Teenagers are still vulnerable when crossing roads particularly if they are using mobile phones, MP3 players or anything that will distract attention from the road.

Road safety also includes safety in the car as passengers. This includes ensuring that your child, if under 135cm (about 4ft 5in) in height, or under 12 years old, must use an appropriate baby seat, child car seat or booster seat – even on short journeys. For more information about suitable car seats, visit our child seats page.

As a driver, keep an eye on your speed and take care when reversing, young children may not be seen in rear view mirrors. Young, inexperienced drivers are particularly at risk. Take care when driving watch your speed, and do not drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

It is important to think about cycle safety in order to reduce accidents on the roads. Most cycling accidents happen in urban areas. Teach your child about cycle safety and make sure they wear protective equipment to reduce any injuries. For more information about cycle training, visit our road safety education and training page.

For further information about road safety visit any of the following websites:

Or contact our Road Safety Team:

roadsafety@northlincs.gov.uk
01724 297346
01724 297355

Road Safety Team
Highways Services
8-9 Billet Lane
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 9YH

Water safety

During the school holidays, and particularly in hot weather, increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning.

To keep children and young people safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code. Remember that water can look safe but it can be dangerous. Just because you are able to swim in an indoor pool does not mean you will be able to swim outside in a lake or the sea. Be aware of the dangers of water:

  • It is very cold
  • There may be hidden currents
  • It can be difficult to get out (steep or slimy banks)
  • It can be deep
  • There may be hidden rubbish such as shopping trolleys, broken glass
  • There are no lifeguards
  • It is difficult to estimate depth
  • It may be polluted and make you ill

For information about water safety visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.

Water safety also includes safety around ponds, paddling pools and even baths. Young children can be at risk of drowning in small amounts of water. Never leave your child alone, even for a second, in the bath, a paddling pool or by a pond. If you have a garden pond, cover it with a solid, rigid cover and watch toddlers all the time if they are playing in or near water.

For further information about water safety visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website.

The internet offers great opportunities for children and young people to learn and interact with friends. But just as you would teach your child about road safety, they need to be taught about internet safety and being ‘virtually street wise’. Children should receive information about how to protect themselves on line.

Make children aware of the risks associated with the internet such as:

  • Pornography
  • Adults who may pose a risk to children
  • Identity fraud
  • Gambling
  • Bullying

There are ways you can protect your children through things like:

  • Filtering and blocking systems
  • Teach children that not everything they read on the internet may be true
  • How they can report bullying on line
  • How adults who may pose a risk may groom children,
  • How to keep themselves safe and where to report things if they feel uncomfortable by a ‘friend’ they are chatting to
  • How to keep personal information safe
  • Put the computer in a family room where it will be easier to monitor

For further information about internet safety visit any of the following websites:

Sport and play can make an important contribution to the lives of children.

As well as the obvious health benefits, sport and play provide opportunities for children to gain social and life skills. That’s why it’s important that everyone who provides these activities does as much as possible to create and maintain an enjoyable and safe environment.

As a parent or carer you play a very important role in protecting your child and helping them get the best out of their involvement in any sport or play activity.

Always check how the sports club or play activity is run. Even though the organisation may seem well run, don’t make any assumptions – always check it out for yourself. Remember a well run club will welcome questions about their activities and policies. They will know they have a responsibility to give this kind of information to anyone who leaves a child in their care.

For more information visit our information about safety in sport page.