Worried about a child

Information for parents and carers

This page is for parents, carers and anyone with parental responsibility including children's relatives, friends and neighbours who need information or advice. It will help you to keep children and young people safe by providing you with information including sharing tips and ideas.

Concerned?

If you're concerned that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm including any form of maltreatment or abuse, please contact:

During office hours (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm):

First Contact Team, First Floor, Vancouver House, Gurney Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FU

Phone: 01642 726004

Out of office hours:
Emergency Duty Team
Phone: 08702 402994

Cleveland Police
Phone: 01642 326326


Parents and carers' guide

This leaflet has been produced to help families ensure that children are being protected when they're in the care of others.

Internet safety

Parents and carers need to know how to help their children stay safe online. The UK Safer Internet Centre provides useful guides to assist parents and carers in ensuring their child(ren) stay safe online.

The CEOP centre gives advice about how to protect children from harm online and offline. You can also make a report about inappropriate behaviour towards a child, or a child who may be in danger.


Useful phone numbers

Useful contact details
Organisation Phone number
Alcohol / drug advice 01642 221484
Arch North East, rape and sexual abuse counselling and advisory service 01642 822331
Childline

0800 1111

Cleveland Police 101 (non-emergency)
Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind 01642 257020
Middlesbrough's Family Information Service

01642 354200

Missing people helpline 116 000
My Sisters' Place

01642 241864

NSPCC 24 hour helpline

0808 800 50000

Samaritans

01642 217777

Victim Support, Middlesbrough 0303 040 1099
Young Minds helpline for parents 0808 802 5544

Useful Publications

All babies count - protecting vulnerable babies

Guide to positive parenting

Handle with care - a guide to keeping your baby safe

Home alone - a guide to keeping your child safe

NSPCC online safety resources

Out Alone - a guide to keeping your child safe

Protecting your child from sexual abuse

Wholewoman - essential information for mums

Working with the police: the role of parents in investigating child sexual exploitation

 

Safe sleeping

Reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death)

Lullaby Trust sleeping factsheets

​Back to sleep: placing your baby on their back to sleep lowers the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Bed sharing with your baby

Smoking and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and temperature in babies

All Lullaby Trust safe sleeping factsheets


Useful Websites

Anti-bullying network

Barnardo's

CBBC online safety

CEOP centre

Department for Education

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind

Missing Kids

NSPCC

UK Council for Child Internet Safety

UK government


Contact

If you need advice or information, or have any suggestions about how we can improve these pages, please contact:

Emailmscb@middlesbrough.gov.uk