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Child Protection

Why is the child still living with its parents after I reported the abuse?

It is very unlikely that reporting your concerns will lead directly and immediately to any child being removed from their home. Every effort is made to keep families together and to provide support to families who are going through difficulties. Efforts will be made to contact the wider family and provide a network of support to the whole family which will include social workers.

In some cases, the child may be taken away for a few weeks to give everyone some respite from the situation. This time will be used make further investigations and where appropriate provide additional support and guidance to the family. After this time, the child may be returned to his/her family and continued support provided by Children’s Services.