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Child protection, child abuse

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This page provides simple guidance about children who may need protection from harm.

Report a child at risk of harm, neglect or abuse

​  In an emergency please contact the police.
Concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse? Please call 0300 303 0440

When is a child at risk?​

You should contact us if you feel that:

  • A child needs protection – if you feel that a child is suffering harm, neglect or abuse, we can investigate and act to protect the child.
  • A family is under stress – we can offer support and advice and help families access support from other services.
  • A child is seriously ill or disabled – we can arrange an assessment of the child's and families needs and provide support.

Signs of abuse

There are a number of ways to identify if a child is suffering from abuse, ​neglect or may be in harms way.

Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Partnership

Rochdale Borou​gh Safeguarding Children Partnership​ is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations in Rochdale will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare​ of children in Rochdale.


(Early Help and Safeguarding Hub)
0300 303 0440

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

Children's Social Care
Floor 4, Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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0300 303 8875

Out of hours emergencies
Monday 11am-11.30am
Monday-Friday 5.30pm-8.30am
Anytime weekends and bank holidays