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Every family is different, but all children should be kept safe, feel loved, and get an education. All children need to feel safe and have rules and boundaries.

Most parents/carers do everything they can to look after their children, but some may have difficulties with this and there are adults whose job it is to help them with that.

Most parents/carers do everything they can to protect their children and make sure they’re brought up in a loving and caring environment, but families can sometimes have difficulties and children may suffer as a result.

All adults need to keep children safe and if an adult is worried about a child, they must do something about this.


Children say that they want:

  • Adults to notice when things are worrying them, to understand, to listen and to help
  • To have stable and trusting relationships with adults who are helping them
  • To be respected, and told about decisions that may affect them
  • To be listened to, have their views taken seriously and be involved in making any decisions
  • To have someone help them put their views forward if they need it

Effective safeguarding systems are child centred. Children are clear about what they want from an effective safeguarding system:

  • Adults who notice when things are troubling them, for adults to understand what is happening, listen to them and act upon it.
  • They need to have stable and trusting relationships with the people supporting them
  • To be respected and informed about decisions, concerns and plans
  • To be heard and have their views taken seriously and to be involved in decision making
  • To be provided with someone to assist them in putting forward their views
  • To be protected against all forms of abuse and discrimination and to have special protection and help if they are a refuge

Worried About A Child or Friend or Do You Need Help?

If you need help for yourself or are worried about a friend or family member, you should speak to an adult or someone that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

Talking to someone can make you feel better, although talking about it for the first time can be hard, but every child has the right to proper care and should not be abused by anyone. If someone hurts you or touches you in ways you don't like, then there are people who care and can help you.

Talking to a parent/carer, other family members such as grandparents - even friends or a friend's parents can help. Teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and other adults who work with children are also responsible for helping to stop abuse. They will listen to what you have to say and will work with other professionals to protect you from abuse and neglect.

Don't be afraid to talk to these people if you are worried. They are there to help you.

If you are worried about a child, a friend or you need help, please contact:

Isle of Wight Children’s Social Care

Phone Number: 0300 300 0117. Call any time day or night


If there is immediate danger call 999

Phone Number: 0808 800 5000 or if you are 18 or under call 0800 11 11 A leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.

Phone Number: 0800 11 11 A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.