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Child protection

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

Report a child at risk

Concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse? Please call 0300 303 0440

In an emergency please contact the police.

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 Board

The Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board (RBSCB) is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations in Rochdale will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Rochdale.


0300 303 0440

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

Out of hours emergencies
Monday-Friday and anytime weekends and Bank Holidays

0300 303 8875

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