What to do if you are worried about a child

Members of the Public

In an emergency please call the Police on 999

If you are worried a child is, or at risk of, suffering, neglect or abuse please contact the Children's Reception Team on 0300 300 0117 (available 24 hours a day).

You do not need to know everything about the child before contacting the Children's Reception Team.

If you are concerned, it is important that you talk to someone about this.

Any concerns about a child should go directly to the Children's Reception Team and not be sent to us , the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership (IOWSCP)

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In an emergency please call the Police on 999

To report concerns about a child's welfare please complete the Inter-Agency Referral Form (IARF).

The Isle of Wight Thresholds Chart can help you identify the risks and types of services a family may need

Inter-Agency Referral Form (IARF)

For urgent child protection enquiries, professionals can call 0300 300 0901 or 01983 282353  out of hours.

To share non-urgent information with the Police, please complete a CPI form (Community Partnership Information)

Community Partnership Information Form

Please contact the Isle of Wight Council's Children's Social Care on 0300 300 0901 for any of the following queries that we are unable to assist with :

  • Safeguarding concerns
  • Safeguarding checks
  • Whether an adult/family is known to social care
  • Who a child's social worker is
  • An update on an Inter-Agency Referral Form you have completed
  • To escalate safeguarding concerns
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Worried about an adult

Anyone can raise a safeguarding concern about an adult who is believed to have care and support needs and is at risk of or experiencing abuse and neglect (including self-neglect) by contacting 01983 814980 or by completing an alert form.

This form is for use by professionals from any agency to raise a safeguarding concern to Adult Social Care about an adult (age over 18) who is believed to have care and support needs and is at risk of abuse or neglect (including self-neglect).

Further information about safeguarding adults and the Alert Form can be found on the IOW Safeguarding Adults Board website

Alert Form
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