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Information for parents and carers - Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board

Child protection enquires and child protection conferences

You may have been told that child protection enquires are being made about your child, or that a child protection conference is going to be held. The leaflets below will explain what this means and how you can make a complaint if you are not happy with the way that these were conducted.

There may be times, as a parent or carer, when you need help, advice or information when caring for your child. This page provides links to sites where you can access information and get advice on a number of subjects. It also gives advice for when children's social care, the police or the NSPCC are involved with your family.

Useful Information

The organisations below provide information on a range of issues relating to keeping your child safe and helping you on specific subjects. The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) does not endorse any of the websites listed below and takes no responsibility for their contents. These links are given for information only.


If you think that bullying is just a part of everyday school life, you're wrong. No-one deserves to be bullied and you shouldn't ignore the problem.
website: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/YoungPeople/HealthAndRelationships/Bullying/DG_10031370

Safer Sleep

Safer Sleep is a national campaign organised by the Lullaby Trust to raise awareness of the key lifesaving safer sleep messages. It aims to make sure parents in the UK know the importance of safer sleep and are aware of how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Within Nottinghamshire the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) reviews all child deaths within our area to identify what can be done to prevent similar deaths in the future. The panel, which includes representatives from a wide range of professionals including, Consultant Pediatricians, Specialist Nurses, Midwifery Services, the East Midlands Ambulance Service, Children, Families and Cultural Services of Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Public Health, is keen to promote the Lullaby Trust Safer sleep advice and would urge professionals and parents to access the resource available by following this link: http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/promotingsafebabycare

Online safety

Think U Know is a set of resources developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre at website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk to help educate young people, parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.

Know IT All is a set of resources developed by Childnet International at website: www.childnet-int.org/kia to help educate parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

CEOP work to encourage all organisations that have an online presence where children and young people congregate to adopt the CEOP 'Report Abuse' mechanism.  You can report abuse at website: www.ceop.gov.uk/saferbydesign/reportabuse.asp.

Complaints about Schools and Academies 

If you are concerned about your child's school, you should start by talking directly to the teachers or headteacher or, if necessary, the governing body or the local authority. If you are not satisfied with the responses you have received Ofsted may be able to help

Family Lives

A national charity that works for, and with, parents. It works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services.
tel: 0808 800 2222
website: www.familylives.org.uk


Helps all kinds of families to cope with a wide range of issues including poverty, abuse, and homelessness.
tel: 01268 520224
website: www.barnardos.org.uk


Gives information for parents on a range of ways children can be bullied including cyber bullying and gives advice on keeping children safe online.
tel: 020 7730 3300
website: www.kidscape.org.uk

Missing Person Helpline

tel: 0500 700 700 (24 hours)

National Drugs Helpline

tel: 0800 77 66 00 (24 hour free advice)

NHS Direct

tel: 0845 4647
website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk


Offers some helpful information for parents and carers on a range of issues, such as internet safety, protecting children at home and positive parenting tips.

tel: 0808 800 5000
website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)

Free E learning course for parents and carers on Child Sexual Exploitation aimed at raising awareness, identifying signs and providing advice on what to do if you have concerns. Go to the website at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk and follow the simple registration process.

Women's Aid Federation

The key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
tel: 08457 023 468
website: www.womensaid.org.uk

Parents Centre

Information and support for parents on how to help with your child's learning, including advice on choosing a school and finding childcare.
website: www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents

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