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What happens next - when abuse is reported

What happens next - when abuse is reported

 If you have contacted police or social work or someone else contacts them because they are worried about you,  social work and/or police will want to speak to you. 

You might want to speak to them on your own or you might want an adult you can trust to be there as well.

What you and other people say will be written down to make sure that everyone is clear about what's been said.  What you have to say is very important.

Social work and police might also want to speak to other people who know you and your family well such as a family member, your teacher, school nurse.

If you are hurt

If you are hurt or injured in any way, social work and police can arrange for you to see a Doctor to make sure you are okay.

What happens next?

After speaking to everyone, if social work and the police believe you are safe and not at risk of harm then there might be no need for further contact with them.

However, if you or your family need help and support then this will be arranged.
Sometimes a meeting called a Case Discussion can be arranged to make sure you and your family get the help you need.

If you are not safe or not being properly looked after

If there are worries that you are not safe or being properly looked after, a meeting called an Initial Child Protection Conference will be held.  At this, people will make plans to keep you safe.  You and your family can attend this.
It is usually better if you are able to be looked after by your own family in your own home.  However, if this is not possible you might have to be looked after by someone else.
Your views matter. Let social workers and others know what you think might help you.
If there is anything you do not understand about child protection meetings or the child protection register please ask any of the workers involved with you and they will try to answer your questions.