Report a concern about a child

Report a concern about a child

Contact Children's Social Care

If a child or young person is in immediate danger, call 999.

If you're worried that a child is being abused or neglected, call us on 0345 603 7627.

Out of hours or bank holidays, call the emergency duty team on 0345 606 1212.

You can also report a concern on the Children and Families hub.

You may want to report a concern if you:

  • are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child
  • suspect neglect or abuse
  • would like to report an incident

You can also report abuse of an adult, by getting in touch.

For professionals

If you're a professional concerned about a child you can contact us, using our online referral form.


The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) brings together different organisations across Essex to keep children and young people safe.

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board website gives information about working with children, child protection and ways to keep children safe.

More about what we do

You can find out more about how we assess need and help families on our Children and Families Hub.

More detailed guidance for practitioners is available in our Effective Support document (PDF 2 MB).

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