Sussex Police has specialist officers and staff who work to protect children from abuse and neglect.
Any child can suffer abuse or neglect from anyone in their lives.
Abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Victims of Child Abuse or Neglect
If you are worried that you or someone you know is suffering child abuse or neglect, please contact us immediately.
This can be done:
Remember to always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
Any reports of child abuse or neglect will be provided to specialist trained officers in our Safeguarding Investigation Units. You can also give a report to us anonymously – we will record and investigate offences even if you do not want to give your details.
Sussex Police work with multi-agency partners to protection children from abuse and neglect. This includes working with them on individual cases to ensure the child receives the support they need and is protected from any further abuse or neglect.
Sussex Police and multi-agency partners also hold regular Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) across the county and set policy and procedures for all multi-agency partners who support children. The Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual can be found here.
Further advice and support
The NSPCC provides comprehensive information regarding how to protect children, identify child abuse and for professionals working with children.
Childline provide advice and support to victims of child abuse.
Barnardo’s provide support to vulnerable children.
CEOP's thinkuknow holds lots of advice about protecting children online.
GetSafeOnline has free advice for safeguarding children online.