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Bromley backs national campaign to tackle child abuse

PUBLISHED: 11:41 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:41 08 March 2016

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The council has teamed up with the Department for Education to help raise awareness

A campaign to raise awareness of child abuse has been backed by Bromley council.

In partnership with the Department for Education (DfE), the council is supporting the ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign to encourage Bromley residents to act on their instincts and talk to a social worker if they have concerns about a child.

Research shows that nearly half of the population say they are reluctant to make a report because they feel they may be wrong.

This new campaign aims to help people identify where there may be a problem and give them the confidence to report it.

The message is: ‘If you have a feeling something is not right, report it. You don’t have to be absolutely certain about whether a child is being abused. Information is gathered from many sources, your report would form part of a bigger picture.’

Council leader Stephen Carr said: “All children have a right to be safe and protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.

“We know people are worried about misreading the signs, but if you suspect that something is not right, please do not hesitate to tell a social worker in our safeguarding team or call 999 in an emergency.

“We owe it to our young people to play our part in helping to make sure they are safe and able to enjoy a life free from abuse or neglect.”

DfE is funding advertising in a number of London boroughs, including Bromley, to highlight this important message, and the council is providing support and will respond to any calls arising from the publicity.

If you think something is not right regarding a child in Bromley, don’t assume all will be well, find out more and who to contact by visiting www.gov.uk/reportchildabuse

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