Protecting our children
Very few adults harm children deliberately and most often, when harm does happen, families need support, not punishment or the removal of their children.
If you suspect or witness a child being harmed, you should report it and stop things getting worse. Speak out and consider how you would feel if it was your child. Discuss your concerns in confidence with either Children and Young People’s Services or the Police.
Abuse at home
When we suspect abuse of a child in our own home, we can react in many different ways. We may feel guilt, anger, disbelief or denial. You may not tell others because you fear that the children will be at further risk of harm. You may love the person who is causing the harm and not want to believe what is happening. You need to put your child’s safety first.
What can I do?
If someone you know is having difficulties, you could offer the following:
- A listening ear.
- Ideas to cope with problems. Encouragement to get help.
- Practical support (e.g. babysitting).
If the family is unable to cope and they do nothing to get help you need to report it.
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a child, contact the Vale of Glamorgan Intake and Family Support Team:
South Wales Police Child Exploitation & Online Protection
Concerns about a child Local Safeguarding Children Board
Search the Dewis Cymru website for family support services: