Is it an emergency?
- 0808 800 4005 if you're worried that a child or young person is at risk of neglect or harm, abuse
- the police on 999
- the NSPCC child protection helpline on 0808 800 5000
Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
The Local Safeguarding Children Board is made up of partners and stakeholders from a range of agencies. They are committed to the work of ensuring that all partner organisations are aware of the safeguarding arrangements that apply to all children up to the age of 18 years including unborn babies.
The board also engages with members of the local community, to increase their understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep children safe, and what's expected of everybody when there's a concern about a child's safety in Suffolk.
Find further information, policies and guidance on the Local Safeguarding Children Board website.
Support for professionals
If you work with children or adults, read the LSCB guidance about referring concerns to social care. This includes guidance on how to use the Multi Agency Referral form, often referred to as a MARF or MAR form, and Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) allegations or concerns.
Professionals and paid carers working with children can contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) professional consultation line on 0345 606 1499, available Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays from 9am to 4:25pm.
This consultation line is available for professionals who may be unclear about what action they should take to access support for a child at risk of abuse.
Contact social care services quickly and easily by webchat
- Your questions about social care will be answered quicker on webchat, available in the right hand corner of the screen.
- Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm excluding bank holidays.