Are you a parent or carer?

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Welcome to the parents, carers and the public section of the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board website.

Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility and children have a right to be safe in all environments, for example, at home, school, on the street and even on the internet. It is therefore the role of parents, carers, teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, police officers, faith leaders, sports coaches and anyone in contact with children to ensure that children are safe from harm.

This section is about assisting parents or carers in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We hope you will find the information useful.

What is abuse and neglect?

Child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and supervision which is neglect. We know that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse.

An abused child will often experience more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. It often happens over a period of time, rather than being a one-off event. And it can increasingly happen online.

The Childline Service (NSPCC) have brought out a guide for parents 'Let's talk PANTS' how to talk to their young children about preventing abuse.

Leaving children home alone

The NSCPP provides helpful guidance on how to decide when it is safe for your child to be home on their own, and what you can do if they are too young. Read up here about it.

Letting children out alone

Just like staying home alone, there is no legal age limit for a child out alone. Every child and family is different, please use the 'Is my child ready to go out alone?' guide from the NSPCC to assess your situation and help you make this decision as a parent or carer.

If you are worried about a child, contact the Integrated Referral Hub:

If a child is at immediate risk of significant harm, please dial 999

Getting advice and support

Family Lives is a charity that runs a free and confidential 24-hour helpline for parents and carers. Call 0808 800 2222 to speak to someone about any parenting issue you might have.