Child neglect and abuse helplines

Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on child neglect

If you've witnessed an assault or think a child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999 or

If you're worried about a child, but unsure, contact the NSPCC helpline for advice. You can discuss your concerns with our trained counsellors who will assess the information you give them and can take action on your behalf, if necessary. Alternatively, you can contact your local police or children's services

Gov UK – Report Child Abuse

Report child abuse

Child abuse includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse.


Helpline: 0808 800 5000

Physical abuse

The NSPCC was founded in 1884 and our vision is still to end cruelty to children in the UK. The NSPCC protects children across the UK. We run a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects.


Helpline: 0800 1111


Physical abuse

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.

Patient – Safeguarding Children

How to recognise a child at risk is one of the most trusted medical resources in the UK, supplying evidence based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals.

Action for Children

General Enquiries: 0300 123 2112

Child neglect

We're a children's charity who work directly with over 250,000 children, young people, parents and carers. We run more than 650 services across the UK and tackle issues such as child neglect and abuse.

The Children’s Society

The most disadvantaged children rarely suffer on just one front. We work with these children to ensure that they are loved, valued and listened to. With them we fight childhood poverty, harm and neglect. Our network of programmes includes drop-in services for runaways, children's centres and support for young carers. We support children who are refugees from violence, and we give those in care a voice.