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Council’s call to arms to stamp out Child Abuse

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09 March 2016

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Enfield Council is backing a campaign to stamp out child abuse in the borough.

Enfield Council is backing a campaign to protect children by urging residents to contact social services if they suspect a child is being abused.

The new London wide campaign urges people to trust their instincts and contact the council if they are worried about a child’s welfare so those worries can be looked into.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “All children have the right to be safe from all types of abuse and neglect and Enfield Council is absolutely determined to protect young people in our borough.

“We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect and we are calling on everyone to help us do that. A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing.

"A number of people do not act on their suspicions because they’re worried about being wrong. We’re saying you don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions; if you have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to our children’s social care team who can look into it.

“They will gather information from lots of different sources and reports from the public form part of a much bigger picture. It is estimated that more than 400,000 children in England were helped in 2014/15 because someone noticed they needed help and was brave enough to report them to social services.”

A team of dedicated experts works in the Enfield Civic Centre to share and assess information in cases of early intervention and child protection.

Enfield’s Single Point of Entry brings together police, health, children’s social care, parent support, education welfare, probation and domestic violence teams.

This service helps professionals to refer cases when they consider a child, young person or family needs a service.  It provides a single point of contact, joined up assessment and equally a joined up response.  It is a ‘front door’ to our services for children, young people and families to ensure we get things right first time.

Enfield Council’s Children's Social Care team can be contacted on 020 8379 2507 between 9am-5pm on Monday - Thursday or between 9am – 4.45pm on Friday.

Out of office hours call: 020 8379 1000 (select option 2 and you will be transferred to an advisor)

You may also make contact by emailing childreninneedservice@enfield.gov.uk or by post to Referral and Assessment Team, Charles Babbage House, 1 Orton Grove, Enfield,  EN1 4TU.

In an emergency, you should always call 999.