Child protection and safeguarding

Report a concern about a child

If you have any concerns about the safeguarding of a child, as a professional or a member of the public, you can report this online.

If you are a member of the public you have the option not to give your details.

Report a concern

Other ways to contact us

You can also discuss any concerns by calling

First Response Team
tel:01296 383962

Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.30pm, Friday 9am to 5pm

If you need an urgent response outside of these hours, call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0800 999 7677

If a child is in immediate danger, call 999 or report a crime on 101

What is child sexual exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, gifts, money, drugs or alcohol.

CSE is a form of abuse and it is against the law.

Young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed by their abusers. Gradually the abuser forces the child to do things they are ashamed of.

By the time the child realises there is something wrong, they can feel trapped and are too scared or ashamed to tell anyone.

Grooming and sexual exploitation does happen in real life and online. In fact, online contact often plays a big part in exploitation.

(Video reproduced with kind permission of NSPCC)

Spot the signs of child sexual exploitation

Signs to watch out for:

  • Becoming withdrawn, clingy or moody
  • Unexplained changes in personality, mood swings and seeming insecure
  • Nightmares or sleeping problems
  • Running away, staying out overnight, missing school
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Talk of a new, older friend, boyfriend or girlfriend and unexplained money or gifts
  • Spending a lot of time online
  • Losing contact with family and friends or becoming secretive
  • Physical signs such as unexplained soreness or bruises around private areas
  • Unsafe sexual behaviour

Any one sign does not mean that a young person is being sexually abused.

The presence of any sign or change in behaviour suggests that you should begin to ask questions and consider seeking help.

Working together in Buckinghamshire to protect children

Partners in Buckinghamshire work together as part of the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

To safeguard and encourage the welfare of all children and young people in the county.

Child protection conferences

A Child Protection Conference is arranged when there has been a child protection enquiry or social workers have become increasingly worried about your child's safety.

For up to date information, visit Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Allegations against staff or volunteers

The Buckinghamshire Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for overseeing all allegations against people in a position of trust who work with children in Buckinghamshire.

This applies to people who work on either a paid or voluntary basis.

For further information about Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) visit the website Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership